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Benchmade 484 Nakamura AXIS Folding Knife

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Original price $195.50 - Original price $272.00
Original price
$195.50
$195.50 - $272.00
Current price $195.50

The Benchmade 484 Nakamura is a beautiful gentleman's tactical folder and this one has carbon fiber scales, a blue anodized pivot bushing and barrel spacers and a premium CPM-S90V steel blade. Think about it. Thats S90V Steel and has beautiful carbon fiber handles. At just under four inches closed, it is very comfortable in the pocket. M390 steel coupled with Axis lock functionality and G10 handles with stainless liners, makes this a top US made folder in our book! The first Nakamura AXIS brings the best of both worlds: detailed design and functional strength.

Life-Sharp Program
Benchmade knives come with the unbelievable Life-Sharp program: for the life of your knife you can send it back to the factory and they will dissemble, inspect, fix any problems that may arise, sharpen the knife,and mail it back to you. You pay for shipping to the factory and they’ll handle the rest.
Features
  • AXIS locking mechanism
  • Modified drop-point blade with ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener
  • M390 super premium stainless steel blade (60-62HRC)
  • Black contoured G10 handle scales with stainless steel liners and reversible tip-up pocket clip
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.08"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.114"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.570"
  • Blade Material: M390 Super Premium Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 60-62HRC
  • Blade Style: Modified Drop-Point
  • Weight: 3.52 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Reversible, Silver, Split-Arrow, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 7.03"
  • Closed Length: 3.95"
  • Made in USA

Customer Reviews

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STUNNING and COMFORTABLE and the best steel ever m390

After I lost my m390 Griptilian I was hesitant to replace it with Nakomura. What a mistake - this knife is perfection.

More comfortable than Ritter + feels even tougher for hard use. QC is amazing, no play horizontal or vertical. Centered blade.

M390 is the toughest and hardest steel ever created (BTW originally for aggressive chemical equipment) that Does Not Rust At All.

There is no competition. 20CV S90V XHP etc -- all of these rust when used with food.
M390 never does. I am happy I went with Nakomura M390!!

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A more refined hard use gentlemen's knife.

Benchmade's 484 is a very high quality, hard use gentlemen's knife and one of the most beautiful Benchmade's I own.

Pros: It has one of the fastest and smoothest Axis lock functions of any I've tried. I think the thumb studs on the little thumb ramp give you more oomph to open if faster than other Axis designs. All Axis designs open great but some are better than others. This difference probably has to do with the distance between the thumb studs and the pivot point, the weight of the blade and the blade's balance. Whatever the reason, the 484 opens superbly.

The thumb ramp with the aggressive (for this brand) jimping on it give excellent grip. I can lock this knife in my size 10.5 hand better than nearly anything.

M930 Steel is reported to be one of the very best. I'm no blade steel expert but I find if the steel snobs like it, I'll also have good experience with it.

Cons: Weight - it's a 3 inch blade and the knife weights over 3.5 ounces. The stainless steel liners could have been milled out to reduce some weight, or maybe they could have used a lighter material. The tactile feel of the knife is great and I'm sure that's what they were going for in making it so heavy for a small knife.

Price - I almost didn't purchase this knife because of the price. I think the value proposition isn't quite there which is why I give it four stars. If it were $40-50 cheaper, I'd have given it five stars. Your perception of value may be different than mine but this is on the upper end of what I typically buy.

Conclusion: If you want an extremely versatile & solid gentlemen's folder that will give years of good service and still be aesthetically pleasing this might be it. If you want something similar yet with rougher texture to the G-10 handle and about 2/3 Oz lighter, check out the Benchmade 903S. The 903S doesn't have quite as good of steel and is a little rougher around the edges but I think it's a better buy and is usually about $40 less than the 484.

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