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2017 ATA Show – Benchmade Knife Company

Over the years we have grown accustomed to seeing the many great offerings from the HUNT. series of knives by Benchmade, but this year Benchmade elected not to release any new HUNT. knives.  However, that did not mean Benchmade had nothing new to offer to its customers.

From the Blue Class of Benchmade knives, the all new 560 Freek is a particularly interesting knife.  If features a dual durometer handle, which is a first for Benchmade.  The handle is a created with a single mold, but has an outer edge which has more of a sticky feel, while the center of the handle is a much harder material to provide strength for the knife.

The 560 Freek is constructed with the same S30V steel featured on all of the HUNT. series knives.  Once considered to be a custom or high-end only steel, S30V has become the standard for Benchmade knives.  The blade is shaped with a higher grind than usual, which makes this knife a perfect slicer.  Despite the fact the knife is classified for outdoor and everyday use, the 560 Freek would make a perfect skinning knife. Furthermore, the 560 Freek is equipped with Benchmade’s battle tested AXIS lock mechanism. You will never have to worry about the blade on this knife closing unexpectedly no matter how much abuse you put it through.

The drop point blade on the 560 Freek measures in at 3.6 inches and the overall length of the knife is 8.46 inches making it larger than many of the folders I have carried over the years.  However, weighing in at only 3.72 ounces, this knife felt very comfortable in my pocket and will be a great knife for every day carry.

For more information on the 560 Freek and other new products from Benchmade Knife Company, visit today.


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