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Benchmade 496 Vector Compound Ground Satin 20CV AXIS Assisted Flipper

Manufacturer: Benchmade

Model: BM-496

Retail: $335.00


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The 496 Vector from Benchmade Knives is an eye-catching AXIS Assisted flipper that elevates both performance and style from the original 495. Bolstered, smooth G10 handles are visually appealing and comfortable while the Compound Ground CPM-20CV blade offers style and performance in equal measure to handle a wide range of every day cutting tasks.

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Blade: The drop point CPM-20CV blade of the Vector 496 deploys with amazing speed thanks to the AXIS Assisted operation flipper. The assisted operation also allows the flipper tab to be smaller making for a sleeker profile in the pocket. The relatively thin stock of the blade helps to enhance both slicing and piercing performance. The blade is compound ground with a saber ground tip for durability in piercing tasks while the primary hollow grind delivers powerful slicing performance. A top swedge balances out the blade and enhances the aesthetic appeal. 20CV offers top-end cutting performance and corrosion resistance with a stylish satin finish.

Handle: Smooth OD Green scales with a contrasting white pin stripe are mounted to stainless steel liners and precision fit to aluminum bolster. The handles are contoured and smooth for a comfortable feel in the hand. A semi-open back construction reduces weigh and makes for easy maintenance and houses a slide safety for added security when closed. The AXIS lock provides true ambidextrous operation and some of the most secure lockup in the industry.

Carries via a reversible, tip-up, black oxide coated, stainless steel deep carry pocket clip.

CPM 20CV: CPM 20CV is a highly wear resistant, powder metallurgy stainless tool steel, an analog to Bohler's M390, and offers some of the best corrosion resistance and wear resistance in combination with a relative ease of sharpening. These properties along with a working hardness in the low 60s HRC make 20CV a prime choice among custom and production makers.


Overall Length 8.38"
Blade Length 3.56"
Sharpened Length 3.44"
Blade Thickness 0.10"
Blade Material CPM-20CV
Blade Type Stainless
Blade Rockwell 59-61 HRC
Opening Mechanism Assisted Opening
Lock Axis Lock
Safety Yes
Closed Length 4.81"
Handle Thickness 0.54"
Handle Material G10
Bolster(s) Aluminum
Liner(s) Stainless Steel
Clip Stainless Steel
Weight 4.40 oz.
Country of Manufacture United States