First up some technical specs.
Benchmade, Blue Class Model Number 111H2O Folding Dive Knife, Blade N680 steel, Hardness 57-60 HRC, Blade Length 3.45, Thickness 0.114, , Shape modified Lambsfoot,with ambidextrous thumb studs and AXIS Locking mechanism, Handle 4.62″ Grivory, with reversible silver split arrow tip-up carry pocket clip and lanyard hole, Overall length 8.07″ , Weight 4.90oz.
Just gon’a come clean here and cut straight to the chase, the reason I got this blade is pure and simple, aesthetics, the satin finish wide boy modified lambsfoot blade shape or as JT aptly called it ( bull nose) and the unique black Grivory scale handle sold me on this blade straight away, that and it has the Benchmade butterfly etched into the blade of course. So be warned, rule No 10 enforcer, if this review comes across overly bias, rule No 10 ” thou shalt not covet another man’s knife” there are many like it, but this one is mine.
The N680 steel is a excellent choice for any dive knife, during the smelting and manufacture process the steel has a small % of Chromium, Molybdenum, Vanadium and Nitrogen added which make for a highly corrosion resistant steel where prolonged exposure to fresh or salt water is likely to be encountered. If like me you enjoy canoeing, fishing off the beach, beachcombing /strandlining and general coastal and salt marsh foraging for shellfish, seaweed, marsh samphire etc and don’t want to worry about rinsing salty water, sand or mud off your knife every two minutes with a limited supply of valuable clean fresh drinking water it could be the perfect steel choice for you. The black Grivory scale handle looks great and offers a nice grip when wet and the AXIS lock and thumb studs nicely positioned, on the flip side however, I’am speaking as a surface dweller, and I did have one diver say to me “ have you ever tried to open a folding dive knife at 40m with gloves on narked outa your skull“, well the answer to that of course was no fortunately the knife is also available in high-vis yellow, fixed blade, and with serrated options for improved rope cutting. So if you are in the market for a great general purpose boat/ fishing or PFD pocket knife this blade is worth some serous consideration.
Close up of AXIS locking mechanism and left ambidextrous thumb stud.
Other very popular salt water knifes in the same style, and definitely in the running for consideration would be one of the highly regarded H-1 steel knives from the Spiderco Salt collection.
NOT A UK LEGAL EDC CARRY.