Benchmade’s Amicus Stands out Among 2016 Designs

Benchmade's 490 Amicus. Photo: Benchmade Knives.Benchmade's 490 Amicus. Photo: Benchmade Knives.

Benchmade’s new assisted-opening 490 Amicus sticks out among the knife company’s new products for 2016.

(Note: if you are only interested in posts about inexpensive knives, then read no further.)

The 490 is a very nice-looking folder. It features a black 7075-T6 Aluminum handle and a 3.20-inch drop point blade fashioned from CPM-S90V steel with a satin finish.

It’s designed with Benchmade’s Axis-Assist Flipper mechanism for fast opening. The Axis features a spring that helps to fire the blade into the open position once the user pushes it beyond a certain point manually.

The Amicus is 4.52 inches closed and weighs 2.88 ounces. Benchmade is listing it at $250, but dealers are offering it for around $212.

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  • WoodSplitter

    I’m not really a knife guy, although I have a few. From my perspective, $200 for a small knife puts it beyond the reach of the average guy. This is probably what the Commandant meant by gucci.

  • Josh

    Looks kind of like a Kershaw Leek which is an excellent design, form, and function. American made Benchmades are out-freaking-standing knives and I’m sure this one won’t disappoint. Might wait a while for the price to go down a little before getting this one though.

  • Dragoon

    Ridiculous price, however nice the knife.

  • Patriot on a String

    Looks identical my 15 year old Smith & Wesson small tactical folding knife… Do a story on Hoffner Knives and the Beast…

  • Russell Withrow

    Yep looks like my Smith and Wesson and at a fraction of the cost and it flys out and holds a edge.