Benchmade 581 Osborne Barrage

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The Benchmade 581 Barrage is an upgraded version of the 580 Barrage with premium flourishes that ups the ante on what a knife can offer.

Designed by custom knifemaker Warren Osborne, the 581 Barrage features a 3.6-inch drop point blade just like the 580. What sets the two knives apart is the blade steel. The 581 Barrage uses Bohler M390 steel, which is esteemed for its very high wear and corrosion resistance. Along with its strength, the steel is also praised for holding an edge like nobody's business.

The 581 Barrage we're highlighting features a satin-finished blade with a straight edge, but the blade also comes in a partially serrated satin finish, plain-edged black finish, or partially serrated black finish.

The upgraded handle of the 581 Barrage is made from G10 with aluminum bolsters. This changes the dynamic of the knife, giving it a more classy feel than the tactical look of its forebears. Machined grooves and finger indents provide an even stronger grip.

Using Benchmade's patented AXIS Assist, the blade rockets open with the push of the ambidextrous thumb studs and stays locked into place via a secure lock bar. For extra security, the Barrage features a switch that keeps the blade from accidentally opening or closing.

When you need a high-quality knife that opens as quick as lightning and won't quit on you, the Benchmade 581 Barrage is the obvious choice.

Brand: Benchmade
Catalog Number: 496619
Assisted Open Yes
Blade Color Silver/Gray
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Length 3.60
Blade Material M390
Closed Length 4.75
Handle Color Black
Handle Material G10/Aluminum
Knife Type Folding
Knife Weight 5.2
Lock Type AXIS lock
Pocket Clip Included Yes
Point Drop Point
Sheath Included No
Total Length 8.35

Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. set-up shop in Clackamas, Oregon in 1990 (originally founded in California in 1988). The initial knives primarily consisted of the Bali-Song knives, using a combination of outside vendors and inside processing to build finished products. And like most companies, starting out meant scarce money and big plans, using second hand equipment and limited resources.

Soon, a natural born fortitude and an undying passion to make it right and make it Benchmade, prospered into significant growth. As the product line grew so did the in-house capabilities. We began to acquire new machines and technologies including the first of several lasers, making Benchmade the first knife manufacturer to have such equipment in-house. Open minds and positive attitudes would lead to several more industry firsts over the course of the next several years.

This was only the beginning of Benchmade's breaking of new ground in the manufactured knife markets by using non-traditional materials and modern manufacturing methods in not only building knives better but, inevitably building better knives. The Designer Series was first introduced in 1991 with several custom designs being manufactured. By tapping into the custom knife makers' knowledge and combining it with our manufacturing expertise we were more readily able to offer more contemporary knife designs and innovations to the knife users.

Consecutive years of aggressive growth led to the next logical step in 1996 when Benchmade moved into its own 35,000 sq. ft. facility. A contemporary styled building complete with all of the modern equipment and amenities necessary to manufacture what has become recognized as a higher standard of specialty cutlery.

Today, Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. manufactures knives for a loyal and ever growing following of knife users. As we move into the 21st century we are poised for even more exciting opportunities, innovations and ongoing total world-class quality. Here at Benchmade we employ a simple philosophy- "Make it cool, make it solid, make it happen and definitely make it Benchmade."

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