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Benchmade Axis Folding Knife 710-1401, 3.9 in. M390 Stainless Blade, Plain Edge

Benchmade Axis Folding Knife 710-1401, 3.9 in. M390 Stainless Blade, Plain Edge
SKU: BM710-1401-H-2
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The model 710 was designed by custom knife makers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams which also introduced the AXIS mechanism to the knife world. The BM710-1401 features M-390 Steel with Black/Blue G10 Sculpture handles and all silver hardware.The colors will vary due to the 2 colors of the G-10 handle. Another amazing feature this knife offers is the polished arrow clip.

Blue/Black G10 Sculpture handle scales with blue barrel back spacers and all silver hardware

NOTE: Due to the layering of the 2 colors of G10 and when ran through the machine, each knife may be slightly different in color on the handle. One may have a little more blue or one may have a little more black in the handle. We will not be able to go through our inventory and pick out preferred handles.

This is an unlimited run and will not be serialized

  • Blade Length: 3.9 in
  • Overall Length: 8.8 in.
  • Closed Length: 4.9 in.Blade
  • Thickness: 0.12 in.
  • Blade Material: M-390 Steel (60-62HRC)
  • Weight: 4.5 oz.
  • Lock Mechanism: Axis Lock
  • Clip: Polished arrow


Additional Info

SKU BM710-1401-H-2
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Brand Benchmade Knives


Customer Reviews (24)

Excellelnt KnifeReview by Tyler Antonietti
This knife is totally worth the price. Takes a already great knife (the 710) and makes it even better with M390 steel. The handle is very nice as well. Came hair cutting sharp out of the box. Fit and finish is perfect. Couldn't be happier. This is my first knife and it gave me a awesome introduction to the knife world. Knifeworks shipped it very fast also! Thank you knifeworks! Highly recommend this knife. (Posted on 8/12/2016)
Great knife that brought me full circleReview by Thomas
First this knife is fantastic and the shipping was very quick (did the free shipping with purchase over $99). Love the blade steel and the exclusive G10 grips on this 710. I would like to mention that my first Benchmade was a regular 710 with D2 steel. I lost that knife and spent the last 18 months trying out various knives....well after going through 13 knives or so (and lots of money) I finally decided to go back to the 710 and that is when I came across the 710-1401 version. So basically the knife i always loved, but with a better steel and (to me anyways) a much more comfortable handle. Plus I really dig that split arrow pocket clip over the old one. 5/5 rating from me. Cheers, you can't go wrong with this choice! (Posted on 8/6/2016)
BEST KNIFE EVER.Review by max alberto glattke
i have over 70 knives,hinderer
sebenza,spydercos...this one my favorite of all mi knives perfect center no blade play ,smooth opening and closing and beautifull.thanks i will boy again from you,also pririty shipment...excellent. (Posted on 6/27/2016)
The 710 is my favorite for edc, or any use. I finally got one before they were gone. Everything is perfect on this beauty. Fit, finish, and feel are together. I will use mine for moderate tasks, and enjoy! Shipping from Knifeworks was fast as usual! Engraving is superb. Get one soon. Don't wait like I did. (Posted on 6/16/2016)
ELEGANT KNIFE!Review by Lawrence Creagh
This is a very elegant knife! The pictures, while good do not do it justice. It has a lovely feel in the hand when opened and is very smooth. I would recommend this to anybody looking for a classy high end knife. The transaction through Knifeworks was as smooth as the axis lock on this knife. (Posted on 4/6/2016)
5+STARS FOR THE 710M399 AND KNIFEWORKS!Review by Aaron B
This is my third BM710 and the first knifeorks exclusive i have purchased. I could not be more pleased with the speed of delivery as well as the precision of this knife. The centering and grind was immaculate (better than my other 2 in D2 steel) and the feel of the handle is exquisite. Truly an upgrade. My current d2 steel 710 has been my edc for 3 years and abeint that i'm a landsaper could not have seen more abuse. It is still very sharp, and easily opens qnd locks whih is on par with BMs legendary axis lock. My new 710 in M390 is to be my dress up EDC and is truly too nice to be put through the abuse of my old 710d2. This also gives me an extre while i sind the other back to BM in oregon to be sharpened and cleaned for free sans shipping! If you've never had a BM710, the full stainless liners and axis lock give this knife the strength of a full tang at the flip of the finger. It is a very sleek knife that is not at all noticable in my pocket(i hate junk in my pockets too) and the 710M390 is a big improvement in grip though i never had problems with the old one. Don't think too much.. Just buy it, you'll love it! (Posted on 1/8/2016)
GREAT KNIFEReview by Woodchuck
It's the 710 I'd always hoped for. Love the M390 and the G10. The blade was a little off center, not unusual from BM from my experience, and the grind was off a little, that's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Definitely my favorite version of the 710 and a keeper. (Posted on 10/27/2015)
VASILY=VASTLY WRONGReview by Contigobill
The steel in this blade is anything but mild and the description on the KW website clearly states the blade hardness as (60-62HRC). I wouldn't usually imply that being Russian or having a poor command of the English language would be the cause of an inaccurate review; but in this case, well........ I own this knife and it is superb in design, quality of material, fit and finish and above all, edge retention. (Posted on 10/16/2015)
MILD STEEL ВМ710-1401Review by Vasiliy
Mild steel on the blade. At first bought .... then I saw that the site is not specified hardness steel. Loses grind faster than S30V 2 times. S30V is enough for 4-5 days. 710-1401 lasts for 3 days! (Posted on 8/5/2015)
BRIEF IMPRESSIONReview by crawdad
I'm fairly new to knives. The last I bought was a Gerber EZ-Out for $30 some 20 years ago. Still have and like it. But I like well-crafted products. So I thought it was time for an upgrade and actually got two knives at KW. The Spyderco ParaMilitary and this one. I like it a lot and I feel we'll grow close over the years! Many good points as others have covered. I should mention the jimping - seems smooth to me compared to the Spyderco. Also, don't expect a polished blade. And there's a small indentation on the end of the G-10, opposite the clip. A little disappointed but I'm not a collector and don't like to return things and it was a reduced price so maybe that's why. (Posted on 6/11/2015)
They got it right. I've been carrying it in my pocket for about 4 months. Great steel, great feel in the hand, great blade for all-around pocket knife use. It's so nice to have a narrower blade in a pocket knife. Like having you're favorite steak knife with you, only seriously beefed up. (Yes I did.) This has thick liners - thicker than the larger Contego, or the Spyderco Manix XL. And that's not a small consideration for a rugged reliable folder. In 4 months of EDC carrying, I recently put a little slice in the corner of my thumb, not grabbing for the knife, but reaching for change in the bottom of a tight pocket. I didn't have it clipped - usually don't. Just down in my pocket. Still not sure I would redesign the handle, as it feels so darn perfect in-hand. And my hand was really squished against it to make it happen. So just something to be sort of mindful of, but nothing of major concern to me. (Posted on 6/5/2015)
5 STAR BLADEReview by mike
this is the best knife I have bought in a long time. super steel, razor sharp, and I mean sharp!! nice handle and just a great overall wont regret it. (Posted on 5/26/2015)
There's something about this knife that's truly special. It is more than the sum of its parts. The refined tactile feel and balance, the smooth opening and granite like lockup, the blend of satin M390 and vibrant blue/black G-10 scales, time proven design and great fit & finish produce what has become my favorite EDC. Something about this blade, I'm pretty sure it's a combination of the M390, its blade thickness (or lack thereof) and a little steeper blade grind than normal for Benchmade that produces a knife blade 3.90" long that can become a scalpel if you're willing to put in the time and effort. Benchmade can't do this and maintain the price point they offer the 710-1401 at but I wish they'd do a little better with their edge finishing than they do. So here's what I did as soon as I received it: Brought it to optimum on my DMT 600 grit slab, did the same on the 1200 grit slab and then spent about a hour + with the Spyderco ceramic 3x 8 " slab and about a hour later on my strop loaded with green "ultra fine" compound I had a blade that caused the hair on my arm to jump off if the blade was even deployed. I have two other knives that come close to the blade quality of the 710-1401, a Spyderco GB in M4 and the Benchmade 810 Contego in M4 (I have the 810-1014 in M390) but it does not match the 710-1401. Ok, as you can tell I like this knife a lot and I do recommend it especially at the price KW offers it at. But there is a But and it's not a small one. As others have mentioned there's this problem of the blade tip being so close to the top surface of the liners that just a little pressure of either your thumb or finger applied in that area as you (usually) remove the knife from your pocket can produce a cut equal to the depth of your skin that falls into that gap between the liners. So as much as I dislike doing it, one star has to drop. This is something Benchmade should take seriously and correct. So to sum it all up it's a beautiful knife with almost magical qualities just don't let it bite you. (Posted on 5/1/2015)
HOME RUN 710 EXCLUSIVE EDITION!Review by CelticCross74
My first Benchmade years ago was a standard Valox mini Barrage that is still assisted opening and cutting like the day I got it. Then after becoming familiar with the Benchmade brand I learned that the 710 is one of BM's "staple" models along with the Griptilian and the Barrage. I also learned that the 710 was the first model to feature the Axis Lock system and is also the model that made Benchmade a near household word. BM had already changed the 710 standard blade steel to D2 by a couple years by the time I bought mine. When I did finally buy that D2 710 it was a revelation when it arrived, I had never seen anything like it. So much blade in such a slim package plus the Axis Lock keeping things in check it became my EDC for well over a year. There is almost nothing the 710 cannot do. From nearly any cutting task to being one heck of a self defense knife it is as close to perfect a slim near 4 inch folding knife can be. I used it so much I eventually noticed a couple of glaring faults with the knife. First is the backspacer. When you close the standard D2 710 the belly portion of the recurve edge smacks into the backspacer eventually dulling out that one specific portion of the edge. The other thing that bothered me is the very thin, slick black G10 scales the knife has. It is very cheaply done G10 and feels much more like cheap plastic than epoxy filled fiberglass. Should I be doing cutting tasks outside on a warm or hot day sweat makes the knife dangerously slippery due to the super cheap G10. Now fast forward a couple of years and drooling over special edition 710's that I could never afford I happened across the topic of the 710-1401 on bladeforums one day. If it were not for that forum I would have never have known this new knife existed. D2 to M390 is one hell of a jump! Gone is the backspacer replaced with very nice blue stand offs. The scales are now 3D machined G10 giving the knife far more grip. For just under $200 all this is a steal!!! (Posted on 3/28/2015)
This makes the third 710 I own and am very pleased with it. Mine came excellent with none of the issues reported by others. This is truly a great take on the 710. I consider the 710 to be the perfect EDC. It's small enough not to be a bother yet strong enough to handle anything. Get this while you can. (Posted on 1/23/2015)
AWESOMEReview by David Mengeling
I really love this version of the 710. In my opinion the only thing that keeps this from really being a 5 out of 5 is that even this version of the G10 is just slick. I tried to put some gun grip tape on this to help create a traction plan and it did help some. Love this blade! (Posted on 12/31/2014)
BEST ALL AROUND KNIFEReview by Bangkok Bill
This is the best knife for the money. I have better knives, some look better some are better built but they cost way more than this one. I have a few that cost less than this knife too but the don't come close to the quality of this knife. You need to understand how great M-390 steel is to understand the value of this knife. I have only one knife that may have better steel, the s90v is just as good or possibly better but that's it. Damascus steel looks cooler and is great but you pay a lot for that. The steel is only one reason to get this, the more important reason is the way this one feels in your hands, it is perfect for me, I like larger knives and this one is big without being too big. The shape of the blade is also my favorite. I have about 100 knives and this one is in my top 4 of all time because it has everything I want in a pocket knife. I use it almost every day and it cuts so fine. This knife is what production knife making is all about these days. They didn't make them like this 20 years ago, this is state of the art and if you are thinking about getting one, just do it, because they are not going to be around much longer, and you will regret missing your chance. It will go up in value some day, that's what the really good knives do. It holds it's edge extremely well witch always means it is hard to sharpen, don't sweat it, send it in to Benchmade and they will take care of that forever, they are good about that. So now you have it, the perfect knife, and it will soon be a collectors item. BTW, I also have the Damascus version of this knife, that's how much I like this style of blade. This one is the better buy if money is tight. (Posted on 12/11/2014)
Received knife yesterday and I am very, very pleased. Super great service, packaging etc., etc. - Thanks Knifeworks (Posted on 11/14/2014)
BENCHMADE 710-1401 KNIFE REVIEWReview by Bruce
I have had my 710-1401 for about 3 weeks now and have only found minor issues. The knife came not as sharp as I had hoped it would (I couldn't shave my arm with it) but it was sharp enough for an EDC. At first I was surprised at how long the blade is, but over time it has definitely grown on me and the usefulness of having the longer blade has become more pronounced. The knife was just slightly tight at first but after spending the afternoon flicking it open and closed it loosened up to a point that it was easily flickable. The only complaint I have with it so far is that the blade itself doesn't recess far enough when closed to be totally safe. Don't get me wrong, the blade closes all the way, but when closed the blade tip is flush with the back of the knife so when I reached into my pocket to grab it with my fat fingers It gave me a small cut. No big deal, but I would have liked to have seen it go a little further in. To remedy that situation I just push the blade all the way towards my bum in my pocket so I don't have the possibility of getting poked by the pointy side. The blade is centered perfectly which is always nice to see and It feels extremely sturdy in the hand, but not heavy in the pocket. The axis lock is fantastic. I love that it removes your fingers from the blade path so there's no worries when closing it. Overall I gotta say that this blade is probably one of the best pocket knives I've owned and once I get my EdgePro Apex in the mail I can't wait to see what this thing can do. (Posted on 9/27/2014)
I have about 12 benchmades. The 710 is my all time fav because of the durability and perfect blade and handle size. Its thinner than you might think but its long and people see with with it refer to it as a sword sometimes. Anyways to me its the perfect median for a knife. I also carry the contego with these special g10 scales, which is larger and thicker and that is the very biggest edc I would and do use. I dont have this knife with the colored scales but I do have a limited edition in m390 and that knife is like a dream. Some crazy poster below said that the picture was deceiving on the blade thickness... Hey buddy: there is not top view of the blade shown here... what are you talking about? The details on the knife tells you the thickness!!!! Dont give me a favorite knife a 2 star rating because your completely insane. (Posted on 9/12/2014)

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