Benchmade’s 2nd Limited Edition Seven | Ten Drops Today

The second, limited edition version of the Benchmade Seven | Ten released today. This one brings different materials to the table when compared to the first Gold Class Drop earlier this month.

The Seven | Ten first stepped onto the world’s stage at SHOT Show in January. It’s a modernized or updated remaster of the 710, one of Benchmade’s most famous folders, not only for its innate qualities as a tool but because it introduced the world to the Axis Lock. The Axis Lock, designed by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams, went on to become an even bigger staple in the Benchmade catalog than the knife it rode in on, and since its patent expiration, it has been the inspiration for quite a few similar mechanisms from other manufacturers. But in the long years since the 710’s discontinuation fans have been wishing for a re-release, and this year Benchmade decided to give the people what they want.

The Seven | Ten retains the Axis Lock, of course; but it also retains the 710’s sizable dimensions, sporting a big ol’ 4-inch drop point blade with an uncommon recurve in its profile. It’s mild as far as recurves go, so sharpening/maintenance shouldn’t be impacted overmuch by it. The first Seven | Ten to release sported a Damasteel blade, in a pattern called Fafnir. Today’s version is the first to hit shelves with MagnaCut steel so, while it will (probably) remain a collectible for most people, those who do use their Seven | Ten should get top-tier, current-gen super steel performance.

More differences can be seen in the handle materials. The first Seven | Ten went for a titanium frame with an aluminum bolster inlay; this one’s made entirely from black anodized aluminum. A bronzed pivot collar provides a tasteful hint of contrast to the handle while also matching the rich hue of the blade’s Flat Earth Cerakote.

This Seven | Ten is live and available as of 12 PST today, April 26th. It’s a limited edition of 2500 pieces. The Gold Class Seven | Ten went so quickly we couldn’t get a story out in time to announce it, so we’re wondering how fast this one will go.

Knife in Featured Image: Benchmade 710FE-2401

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