Benchmade 943 Osborne
Knife Collectors Org. Review:
The Benchmade 943 Osborne is a rather attractive looking knife, with its clip-point blade. This knife is closely related to the 940 Osborne, which has a reverse tanto blade. It has the tried and proven AXIS® locking mechanism, which makes opening and closing the knife a pleasure and is reliable to handle a wide variety of tasks. The smooth aluminium handle of the 943 also add to the well-built impression of the knife, as a classic Benchmade knife. The liners of this knife are anodized titanium, which makes the knife lighter and the touch of colour adds some beauty to this knife, if the overall design wasn’t impressive enough.
Most users considering this knife cite the 940 Osborne as a close contender Another winner from Benchmade!
Editor’s Rating: 8.5/10
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Blade Length: 3.4″ x .115″
Length Closed: 4.47″
Overall length: 7.87″
Blade Steel: S30V Stainless Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 58-60
Blade Finish: Satin or black
Weight: 2.90 oz.
Edge: Plain or serrated (ComboEdge®)
Lock Type: AXIS® locking mechanism
Carry System: Reversible tip-up pocket clip
Handle Material: Black anodized 6061-T6 aluminum handles with 410 stainless steel liners, color anodized titanium back spacer
Knife Type: Folding knife
Country of origin: USA
Part #: 943 (plain edge, satin finish), 943SBK (serrated, black finish)
Production Status: In Production
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: -unknown-
Limited run?: No, except for REI model and 530-111 (150 made), 530-1303 (178 made)
Other things of interest: Special light-blue REI version is being produced.
Rarity Index: 2.5/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom…
Simply designed and built for extreme performance, the machined aircraft-grade aluminium handles and S30V stainless steel make these knives true workhorses.
- AXIS® locking mechanism
- 940: Modified reverse tanto blade; 943: Straight clip-point blade; ambidextrous thumb-stud opener
- S30V premium stainless steel blade (58-60HRC)
- Anodized 6061-T6 aluminium handles with stainless steel liners, colour anodized titanium backspacer and a reversible tip-up pocket clip