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Emissary 470-1
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The Emissary 470-1 by Benchmade features a patented Axis assist mechanism. This knife has a blade 3 in. long making it ideal to carry for everyday tasks. A great asset for kayak angler’s arsenal.  


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(Updated: December 26, 2015)

Took it back (edited)

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I mentioned this knife in my other Benchmade reviews (Mini Barrage & Mini Griptilian) so I figured I better put a review up for it.

I found this knife on the hunt for the perfect EDC. I like my EDC to be big enough to be useful but small enough that it doesn't become an uncomfortable lump in my pocket. Beyond that I want the knife to be high quality. This hunt actually led me to the Benchmade Mini Griptillian which can be had for as little as $90. This is what I've been looking for. But wait, then the salesman said try this, the Mini Barrage with the Axis-Assist. I fell in love with the assist mechanism. For just a little more money than the Mini Grip you can get the Mini Barrage. What's more, you can custom build a knife at Benchmade.com if you like that kind of thing. Also, Benchmade offers lifetime sharpening.

The size of the Mini Barrage is slightly larger than the Mini Grip and is now getting a little too thick for what I'd prefer for EDC, then I spot the Benchmade Emissary 470-1. This, I think, is the perfect EDC for me. Axis-Assist of the Mini Barrage with a slightly smaller frame that is virtually unnoticeable in my pocket. It also has a nicer S30V blade. Sold. So I go in for a $90 knife (Mini-Grip) and come out with a $180 knife (Emissary 470-1). The reason I mention this is they are all great knives (Benchmade Mini Grip, Mini Barrage, & Emissary 470-1) that fit that category of the perfect EDC. There's no reason to give any less than 5 stars since they are all great knives. You just have to decide what's important to you, size, price, assist. Ultimately the Emissary 470-1 won out for me but I could see myself carrying any of these (& probably will eventually).

Blade-wise I will mention I prefer the drop-point blades over the serrated for the simple fact they are easy to sharpen at home (though Benchmade will sharpen for free). I really can't say enough good things about every Benchmade I've handled. The 470-1 is the Cadillac of EDC's for me. If it's too pricey & you still want the assist consider the Mini Barrage. If you don't need the assist (and really nobody NEEDS it) then consider the Mini Griptilian for your EDC. All are great knives.

(UPDATE). Now the bad news. It didn't take me long to become annoyed with this knife for one simple reason which is really a silly design flaw. The screws holding the pocket clip are not countersunk & get hung up on my pocket, which in turn destroyed the fabric on my pocket. Knife went back and I got the mini-barrage (which incidentally has the pocket clip screws outside of the clip itself.

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Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Perfect EDC size, Assisted opening, Benchmade quality
Exposed screws on pocket clip get hung up (& destroys) your pocket. Expensive.
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