Benchmade 9051SBK AFO II Automatic Knife, 3.56" Partially Serrated Blade

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The AFO was our first automatic platform ever and it's had some upgrades over the years, but the overall design is still the same. The AFO-II push-button auto has become a proven tool used in all branches of the Armed Forces. MOLLE compatible. Made in USA.

The Benchmade AFO II automatic knife is an evolution of the 9050 AFO, one of the most practical automatic knives ever made. The improvements made to this knife are substantial. The newly designed knife is more than 30% stronger than the previous version. The knife is large, sturdy and built for use with an improved push button lock that is 30% stronger than the original. The AFO 2 has an over-sized firing button for easy operation, even with gloves. The 154-CM stainless steel blade deploys quickly and the 6061 T-6 aluminum body is an ideal size for a rock-solid grip and now includes a steel glass breaker tip. The open backspacer design makes cleaning and maintenance easy. The sliding safety on the back does its job flawlessly. The AFO II is a truly superior knife design in every respect.

Used in all branches of the Armed Forces, the AFO II is redesigned incorporating a stronger, more reliable lock, larger button, steel pommel and an open back design.

Brand: Benchmade
Catalog Number: 605391
Specifications
Assisted Open No
Automatic Knife Yes
Blade Color Black
Blade Edge Partially Serrated/ComboEdge
Blade Length 3.56
Blade Material Stainless Steel (154CM)
Closed Length 4.95
Handle Color Black
Handle Material Aluminum(6061-T6)
Knife Type Folding
Knife Weight 5.8
Lock Type Push button
Pocket Clip Included Yes
Point Clip Point
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Cordura
title_tag Benchmade 9051SBK AFO II Automatic Knife, 3.56" Partially Serrated Blade
Total Length 8.51
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