Top 25 Pocket Knives that are Indispensable: #22 Benchmade 275 Adamas

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In June, we took a survey to learn which pocket knives our readers believe should never be discontinued. Respondents were asked to name as many or as few pocket knife models as they wanted, and no brands or blades were off-limits. 404 respondents named a total of 268 models and the average respondent named 4.1 pocket knives. 20 out 404 respondents said that the Benchmade 275 Adamas should never be discontinued.

The big, bad, and overbuilt Benchmade 275 Adamas is the heaviest knife to make the Top 25 list. When it comes to the sort of things this knife was designed to do, that isn’t a bad thing. Benchmade has very close connections with the U.S. Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, and other first responders. They have an entire product classification called the Black Class, made up of knives specifically designed for individuals in these high-risk, high-demand professions. In many ways, the Adamas is the flagship Black Class folding knife. The weight, large blade, and industrial styling indicate that this is a knife meant to be used, and used hard. Knives don’t have to be heavy to be durable, but the Adamas’ extra bulk comes with a purpose.

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The AXIS Lock is Benchmade’s signature lock. It was designed by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams in 1997. Les de Asis first saw the lock in action on a trip to McHenry and Williams’s native Rhode Island. It was mechanically simple enough to be mass produced, but reliable, robust, and innately ambidextrous. A year later the first Benchmade production folder with an AXIS Lock, the 710, debuted. By the time the Adamas released in 2012, Benchmade had been making AXIS Lock knives for more than a decade. It should come as no surprise that the Adamas is the strongest AXIS Lock knife Benchmade has ever produced, withstanding 1,717 in-lbs. of torque before exhibiting any sort of lock failure.

The Adamas is available in black or desert tan G-10, with a partially-serrated or plain edge, and with either automatic or manual operation. The fixed blade model, which has a 4.2” blade, is slightly larger than the 3.8” folding version. A portion of the proceeds from sales of any Adamas knife goes to the Ranger Assistance Foundation.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #21 on our list of the Top 25 Pocket Knives that are Indispensable.

Knife featured in image: Benchmade 275 Adamas

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#24 Emerson CQC-7 15/404
#23 Victorinox Cadet 18/404
#22 Benchmade Adamas 20/404
#21 Zero Tolerance 0562 21/404
#20 Cold Steel Ti-Lite 24/404
#19 Opinel No. 8 25/404 
#18 Zero Tolerance 0350 28/404
#17 Cold Steel Voyager 30/404
#16 Case Trapper 41/404
#15 Ontario RAT Model 1 43/404
#14 Benchmade Mini Griptilian 53/404
#13 Spyderco Manix 2 54/404
#12 CRKT M16 57/404
#11 Kershaw Skyline 58/404
#10 Kershaw Blur 62/404
#09 Cold Steel Recon 1 63/404
#08 Spyderco Endura 4 70/404
#07 Chris Reeve Knives Large Sebenza 21 75/404
#06 Kershaw Leek 76/404
#05 Benchmade 940 78/404
#04 Spyderco Delica 4 79/404
#03 Benchmade Griptilian 81/404
#02 Buck 110 Folding Hunter 90/404
#01 Spyderco Paramilitary 2 94/404