The Benchmade Adamas Review – A Knife Built To Serve

Benchmade adamas review

When it comes to tactical folding knives, no one makes them better than Benchmade. Benchmade was established in 1988 with one vision – to make the best knives in the world. And not just any knives, knives that make the world a better place. Benchmade does this by making knives that are used by tactical operators, first responders, and you. I mean if those who hold other people’s lives in their hands trust Benchmade, why wouldn’t you?

And when it comes to designing great practical knives, one designer has been hogging the limelight – Shane Sibert. And when the two combined forces to create a tactical knife in honor of US Forces serving abroad, a spectacular knife was born – the Benchmade Adamas. The Benchmade Adamas is a massively popular knife due to its practicality, efficiency, and yes, its tough, rugged looks.

I know the survival guide gurus will gun me down for saying this but, this is one foldable knife that does make a great survival knife. I mean if our boys in uniform think so, then the Benchmade Adamas has a point. It is a very good knife in many ways and can fit in any situation so yes, it’s not just a tactical knife, it is a great tactical survival knife.

The Benchmade Adamas Review – Built To Serve


As I mentioned, the Benchmade Adamas 275 was created for the purpose of honoring and serving our military. That is why you too can trust it to serve you well as that is its sole purpose – to serve. Let’s take a look at the qualities that make it the knife to pocket or sheath whenever you need a knife.

The Benchmade Adamas 275 – Basic Specifications

Before we look closely at the Benchmade Adamas 275, let me quickly show you its general specifications so that you have an idea of what we will be covering concerning this awesome knife.

  • Action: Manual-opening
  • Blade Steel: D2 (60-62 HRC)
  • Blade Length: 3.82" (9.70cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.160"(4.06mm)
  • Open Length: 8.70" (22.10cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.88"(12.40cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.73" (18.54mm)
  • Weight: 7.68oz. (217.72g)

Just from the general overview, I’m sure you can see that you are onto something special here. Let’s dig in and scrutinize this marvel of a knife.

Design And Build Quality


Benchmade - Adamas 275 Knife, Drop-Point Blade, Plain Edge, Coated...
  • HIGH-QUALITY: The D2 stainless steel blade holds an edge exceptionally well. The G10 handle is durable and stable enough...
  • WELL-DESIGNED: Benchmade's AXIS lock is exceptionally strong and fully ambidextrous. The Adamas 275 is a manual knife...
  • COMFORTABLE: The 275 is rugged yet comfortable to hold and use. The reversible pocket clip and Cordura sheath offer...

If you are looking for a solid, well-built knife that is not afraid of work, the Benchmade Adamas is your best candidate. The blade is made from D2 steel, a tough steel type that offers great edge retention and affords the blade excellent strength that can withstand great pressure without breaking. Given, many people complain of the fact that D2 steel blades are difficult to sharpen, but once sharpened, they retain their edge very well. It will take a lot (of abuse probably) to dull this blade.

The handle is made from G10, something worth explaining so as to give you a clear picture of just how strong of a knife the Benchmade Adamas 275 is. G10 is one of the most popular and trusted materials when it comes to manufacturing knife handles. It is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate. Not only is it exceptionally strong, but it has other advantages of being non-flammable, non-conductive, provides a very good grip and has excellent moisture resistance.

For those of you are love numbers, the Benchmade Adamas 275 was crafted to impress you with its overall opened length of 8.7 inches, a 3.82-inch blade, and a hefty weight of 7.7 oz. - it definitely is not a small show knife. I like the extra weight and bigger dimensions as they inspire more confidence, especially when you need to put the knife to use in some tough conditions and for hard tasks.

When it comes to the design, the Shane Sibert put all his creative juices to work on this one as is evidenced by the buttery smooth way the knife opens, especially for a bulky knife like this one. Every element of this knife had only one purpose – to make the knife more efficient. Take for example the jimping that is placed in all the right places to give you maximum grip when using the knife. That is why if you are looking for a knife to add to
your collection, this is it. It definitely was designed to make life easier for you.

Ergonomics And Handling

When it comes to ergonomics, many folding knives make a compromise, not the Benchmade Adamas 275. It is as comfortable to grip as a fixed blade knife. Every, line, groove, and curve on this knife was made to make it feel natural in your hands.

Benchmade adamas review

The ergonomics of the Benchmade Adamas 275 make it easy to handle and use this knife in any situation, and any way you grip the handle. The cleverly designed thumb ramp also offers greater control of the knife and the additional texturing in the knife’s choil region provide extra grip as they prevent your fingers from slipping forward on the blade, something most foldable knives fail to address.

Don’t look anywhere else for a knife that will take good care of your hands the same you take care of it. The Benchmade Adamas 275 will not sacrifice your hands in the name of getting things done. It gets things done while taking care of your hands. There are no pinch points, sharp edges (apart from the blade), or anything that will make it difficult to use the knife under duress. Whether you handle the Adamas in a forward or reverse grip, it will still offer you a good comfortable grip.

One gripe that many people had about the Benchmade Adamas 275 was the clip – its small size and lack of retention. I don’t know why Benchmade fitted a big knife like the Adamas 275 with the small clip they did with the first knives shipped, but being a customer-centric company, they listened to the complaints and quickly fitted the Adamas with sturdier clips. So if you are one of those who passed it by for the simple reason of the
clip issues, go ahead and get yourself one. Besides, the clip is not that big an issue as compared to what this powerful knife is capable of doing.

The Benchmade Adamas Review – Let’s Talk Safety

If there is one reason many people shun foldable knives when it comes to tactical and survival use, it always boils down to safety. Let me explain.

The advantage that a fixed blade knife can withstand a lot of pressure without breaking (to a certain point), whereas foldable knives have the potential to fold back on your hands when placed under a lot of pressure. This turns them into a guillotine – with your hand being in it. The answer to this is the lock that holds the foldable blade in place.

This is where the Benchmade Adamas 275 outshines other foldable tactical knives on the market. Benchmade has designed one of the strongest locks that you can ever find in any foldable knife. The sophisticated locking system, dubbed the AXIS lock, uses a spring-loaded button that passes all the way through the knife’s frame, fitting into a notch cut in the back of the blade and locks it into place with great strength.

This is the strongest and safest locking systems ever. It practically makes the Benchmade Adamas 275 transform into a fixed blade once open. So if you’ve heard horror stories of foldable knives folding back on a user’s hand, that shouldn’t make you pass on the Benchmade Adamas – it can never happen. Besides, people tend to put their lives in danger in the name of saving a couple of bucks and opt for cheap $10 knives which they use for wrong purposes. Don’t be such a one. Go for a brand that is trusted, a brand that has served in the harshest conditions a gun can serve in – military duty. And that brand is Benchmade, and the knife is the Adamas.

Is The Benchmade Adamas 275 Worth Its Price?

Is the Benchmade Adamas 275 worth its price? Especially since the starting price is $195.50? the simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer? Well, when you value a knife, how do you value it? by the materials and technology that went into producing the knife, or by the value it adds to your life. And that while ensuring that it will keep your hands safe (and in one piece).

You see, friend, value is not about the money you spend, it’s about what the knife will do for you. And I know the Benchmade Adamas 275 will definitely add a lot of value to your life. After all, it was built to serve, and that it will do very well.

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