Benchmade
 Mini‐Onslaught
 746S 
Review


There’s 
a 
chance
 that 
if 
you’re 
anything
 like 
me, 
you 
are 
constantly 
on 
the 
lookout 
for 
something 
better. You 
like 
what 
you 
have, 
but 
you 
believe 
that 
every 
single 
thing
 in 
life
 that 
you 
use 
and 
possess 
can 
be 
improved 
or 
replaced 
with 
something 
even
 better. Enter
 the 
all‐new 
Benchmade
 Mini‐Onslaught. A 
quick
 glance
 at 
this 
modified
 clip‐point 
blade
 with
 a
 combo 
edge 
and 
you’ll 
be 
asking 
yourself 
if 
you’re 
looking 
at
 a 
Benchmade 
or 
the 
head 
on 
a 
Mako
 shark. It’s 
that 
intimidating.

Benchmade Mini OnslaughtFirst 
impression 
of 
this 
knife 
hits 
you 
fast. 
As 
soon 
as 
the 
ergonomically 
curved 
G10
 grip 
hits 
your 
hand
 your 
first 
desire 
is 
to
 stick 
your 
thumb 
in 
the
 Spyderco‐esque
 thumb
 hole 
and 
flip 
the 
blade 
out
 without 
hesitation. This 
model 
may 
be 
called
 “mini” 
but 
with 
a 
quick 
inspection, 
the 
handler 
will 
notice 
there’s 
very 
little 
that 
is
 mini 
about
 this
 blade. 
In 
all 
honesty, 
the
 only 
reason 
we 
see 
it 
called 
this 
at 
all 
is
 because 
of 
the 
overall 
size 
of 
this 
Axis 
locking 
folder’s 
older 
brother, 
the
 2010
 Academy 
of 
Excellence’s 
Knife 
of 
the
 Year
 the 
Onslaught 
741 
also 
designed 
by
 the
 late 
Bob 
Lum.

Despite 
the 
impressive 
and 
sexy 
first 
impression, 
a 
quick 
overview 
of 
the 
knife
 leaves 
some 
Benchmade Onslaughtquestions.
 Take 
the 
pocket 
clip 
for 
example, 
the 
way 
it
 sticks 
out 
sorely
 and 
there
 are 
no 
other 
options
 for 
moving 
it 
to 
make 
it 
a
 distinctly 
ambidextrous 
use
 knife 
like 
the 
thumb 
hole 
opener 
would 
suggest 
is 
beyond 
me. 
In 
fact, 
it 
almost 
make
s it 
look 
like 
an 
afterthought. 
However, 
after 
a
 couple 
weeks 
carrying 
this 
blade 
daily
 and 
taking 
its 
limitations 
into 
consideration, 
the 
clip 
was 
functional 
and 
slid 
in 
and
 out 
of 
the 
pocket
 with 
ease 
regardless 
of 
the 
material 
it 
was 
securing 
itself 
to.
 Conceal
ability 
is 
fairly 
limited, 
but 
this 
isn’t 
a 
knife
 that 
you 
want 
overly
concealed
 and 
difficult 
to 
reach 
anyway.

Just 
like 
all 
Benchmade knives 
with 
the 
Axis 
lock 
system, 
it 
makes 
for 
super 
fast
 opening 
either 
with 
a 
flick 
of 
the 
wrist 
(with 
a 
little breaking 
in) 
and 
locks 
rock 
solid
 into 
place 
once
 deployed. 
The 
blade 
is 
154CM 
stainless 
steel 
and 
falls 
somewhere 
in
 between 
58‐61 
HRC. 
The 
overall 
length 
is 
just 
over 
7.75” 
and 
the 
blade 
length 
is
 nearly 
4.5”. 
Remember 
what 
I 
said 
about 
this 
MINI 
not 
being 
so 
“mini”?

Benchmade Onslaught

While 
the 
G10 
handles 
are 
rock
 solid 
and 
make 
for 
a 
heckuva 
smooth 
feel 
(especially
 the 
rounded 
filler 
in 
the 
center 
of 
the 
frame, 
makes 
for 
super
 comfortable
 movement 
of 
your
 hand
 in
 and
 out 
of 
your 
pocket), 
and 
they
 do
 employ 
a 
couple 
of
 key 
grooves 
that 
make 
grasping 
a 
joy, 
it 
does 
lack
 some 
positive 
traction. 
On 
a 
hot
 day
 when 
your 
hands 
tend
 to
 get 
a
 bit 
sweaty, 
this 
one 
could 
be 
a 
little 
difficult 
to
 hang 
on
to.

Benchmade OnslaughtAll 
things 
considered: 
Bob 
Lum 
Design, 
deep‐bellied 
blade,
SUPER 
hard
 steel, 
Axis
 lock
 system, 
insanely 
comfortable 
ergonomics, 
functional 
thumb‐hole 
opener 
and
 making 
itself
 small 
despite 
its 
size 
in 
the 
pocket, 
this 
blade 
is 
an 
ultimate 
win. 
You
 really 
have
 to 
see 
it 
for 
yourself 
and 
hold 
it 
in
 the 
palm 
of 
your 
hand 
to
 appreciate 
every 
aspect 
of 
it.

Reviewed By: Ebbs

 

 

 

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