Review: Benchmade 940-1 carbon fibre clone *PIC HEAVY*

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Review: Benchmade 940-1 carbon fibre clone *PIC HEAVY*

I am posting a brief review on a knife that I just received from Ali. I do not have any experience with an authentic BM 940 so I am strictly providing this review based on its overall quality in general.

Link to the Ali Store:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/32782122008/32782122008.html

Blade centering: The knife came with absolute perfect blade centering
Blade-play and lockup: There is minimal blade-play, and lockup is firm. This example of a clone axis lock system is very nice on my sample.
Blade sharpness: This is perhaps the only place that I can scrounge up some sort of criticism. I have a number of knives, ranging from budget to high-ish end, including authentic benchmades. In comparison, this knife definitely did not come ‘hair popping sharp’. I usually go straight to a paper cut test, and a shave-test (which is why I constantly have strange bald patches on my arms). I am able to cut paper with relative ease, but the blade is unable to ‘pop the hairs off of my arm’. Overall, I can’t be too hard on the knife. Perhaps other samples may have that razor edge I was hoping for.
Scales: The carbon fibre scales are ultralight, and very high quality on my sample. It is hard to nit-pick any issues. All edges are smooth, and real carbon fibre is just hotness Love Ganzo CF is no comparison compared to this. The knife is capable of left or right hand tip-up carry.

The seller claimed the blade to be authentic S90V steel when I sent them a message. They insisted that I even test, but how many people really test for Rockwell Hardness? Well, I did. This doesn’t prove anything really, but I wanted to take them up on their claims of 60HRC.

The results? I measured the blade to be 60.5 HRC. Whether the steel is authentic S90V or not is another story. Take it for what you will, but the blade is made of quite a hard steel. I have a video of the measurement taking place that I may post later.

For now, I will provide you with a number of photos of the knife as well as comparisons to other knives in size and weight.

update: my deep carry authentic benchmade clip works on this clone.


Don’t mind the tiny indentation just above the Osborne logo. That is the result of the Rockwell Hardness test.


The threaded inserts in the CF for the pocket clip are a nice touch.


Did I mention that this knife is super light weight?

Edited by: mizjif on 01/14/2017 - 16:14
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Thanks for taking the time to do this review!

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I have this exact Benchmade this was cloned after. Without pulling it out of the drawer and meticulously comparing them, this clone looks spot on.

Edit: I couldn’t resist checking my knife. Looks like the clone got basically everything right except the pocket clip says “Benchmade U.S.A.” instead of just “Benchmade.” Also the pocket clip is shaped slightly different. Anyway, close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades.

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I have a deep carry benchmade clip that I want to try installing on this clone. Just waiting to find my torx screw driver set that seems to be missing at the moment. That would really have me loving this knife even more!

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rdoc613 wrote:
I have this exact Benchmade this was cloned after. Without pulling it out of the drawer and meticulously comparing them, this clone looks spot on.

Edit: I couldn’t resist checking my knife. Looks like the clone got basically everything right except the pocket clip says “Benchmade U.S.A.” instead of just “Benchmade.” Also the pocket clip is shaped slightly different. Anyway, close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades.

Thanks for checking! I had actually noticed that as well while watching reviews of the authentic version but forgot to mention it.

Actually, maybe you could confirm this: the standoffs on my version are a dark blue (difficult to tell in the photos). I believe the authentic has lighter blue standoffs?

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It looks sweet, any link to the store?

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It looks sweet, any link to the store?

Link has been posted. Cheers!

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Thanks for the review, looks like a nice well made knife. Thumbs Up

What knife model is this ZT knife? Is it a clone, if so where you got it from? I Like it a lot! Thanks!

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mizjif wrote:

Link has been posted. Cheers!


excellent, thanks.
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AlexGT wrote:
Thanks for the review, looks like a nice well made knife. Thumbs Up What knife model is this ZT knife? Is it a clone, if so where you got it from? I Like it a lot! Thanks!

!http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/mizjif/E626906B-F00E-4E86-8D4F-22...!

It is indeed a clone and it is still my favourite overall. It has stellar reviews, the quality is outstanding and I love the sinkevich design.

The seller I purchased it from on Ali no longer has it listed and I actually can’t find it listed anywhere other than on DH gate now which I never use. Search ‘zt0542cf’ and it comes up.

Highly recommended!

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I’m sorry but am I the only one who is disgusted by this? Your a Chinese company making a direct copy of somebody else’s design and you put their name on it!? It’s bullshit! Sorry for the language but I’m so damn mad about this stuff. I like ganzos and other copy cat brands but they put their name on it. Like knockoffs hell love em but HATE and I mean HATE a fake.

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I just wanted to add that if they removed the bench made logo I would have one in the mail now it does look nice.

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Thanks for the review and the excellent comparative pics! Thumbs Up

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I’m sorry but am I the only one who is disgusted by this? Your a Chinese company making a direct copy of somebody else’s design and you put their name on it!? It’s bullshit! Sorry for the language but I’m so damn mad about this stuff. I like ganzos and other copy cat brands but they put their name on it. Like knockoffs hell love em but HATE and I mean HATE a fake.
+1 … Thumbs Up
No, your not alone..not by a long shot. It is pathetic……… Angry .. Just outright criminal. Surely nothing to brag about…… Facepalm
Just outright robbery………….. Flat Stare

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I have the real one and it looks identical Facepalm Angry

Will upload some pictures to see if there’s any difference, they even replicated the stonewashed blade finish and the little blue anodized nut/spacer, impressive.

Edit:

I spotted some key differences:

BENCHMADE U.S.A

The nuts underneath the CF are black

The BM logo is light grey not black, and it’s not because of wear, this is a shelf queen.

Same with the osborne logo

But without getting up close they look pretty much identical

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If they start making fake Case knives so help me.

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Why all the hate? Maybe its made by the company that is contracted to make Benchmade knives? So its basically an overseas Benchmade model?

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Since 2010 all genuine benchmades have been produced in the U.S. They did the right thing and brought jobs back home. They pay their workers a living wage ,and spend money in R&D to create original designs. Without a doubt their profit margin took a hit so why would they do these things? It’s called patriotism. It’s putting made in the U.S.A on your product so that when your fellow countrymen look at, buy, or use your product they know they’re supporting fellow Americans. Made in the U.S.A comes at the cost of fair wages to citizen of my country; if you didn’t pay it don’t put it on your product.

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Like I said make a copy like this one. Make it as exact as you can for half the price or less I’ll buy it with a smile. But don’t put benchmade on it, and for damn sure don’t put made in the U.S.A.

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Kentuckywindage wrote:
I’m sorry but am I the only one who is disgusted by this? Your a Chinese company making a direct copy of somebody else’s design and you put their name on it!? It’s bullshit! Sorry for the language but I’m so damn mad about this stuff. I like ganzos and other copy cat brands but they put their name on it. Like knockoffs hell love em but HATE and I mean HATE a fake.

No, I too am disgusted. I am no longer into the knife scene (~5yrs) & do not recall seeing a clone that close to the original. It’s just extremely blatant.

While I’m sure the “S90V blade” will quickly prove to be a fake upon sharpening I’ve found that most people in the knife hobby do not/cannot even sharpen a knife. & so this clone will essentially be a spot on copy for them in all intents & purposes. But yeah, I (& I’m sure a few others) will never seek to own one & am thoroughly disgusted by it.

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Why all the hate? Maybe its made by the company that is contracted to make Benchmade knives? So its basically an overseas Benchmade model?
Hate, it is more just total disgust I feel. Facepalm
And no, the knife in this thread is just a complete FAKE. Not a copy, just a fake; right down to the fake logo and fake name placed on a fake knife.

Benchmade was started in 1988. Shortly after they moved from California to Clackamas, Oregon producing knives there under the name Benchmade. I think it was in 1996 they relocated to Oregon City, Oregon to a much larger facility.

Apart from some Red Class products, which were produced in their “off shore facilities” for a few short years; Benchmade has produced more than 90% of its knives in Oregon. Also since 2010, all Red Class production knives have been discontinued, and as such, every Benchmade labeled knife is made in the United States.

A “copy” is one thing, a “fake” takes it to a whole new detestable level……… IMO.

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I did not create this review to offend anyone or begin a debate on clones. I did not purchase the knife to claim it as authentic in any way either. I purchased it out of curiousity to see what sort of actual quality and attention to detail goes into making the knife. With that being said, I am surprised by the overall quality of it, and I love the knife overall.

I do not disagree with you folks who are offended by the clones. I do own and have owned plenty of expensive and authentic knives including benchmades so this was simply a purchase made out of curiousity.

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The blade is not perpendicular to the handle, its an huge turn-off.

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mizjif, I have nothing against you or your review. I apologize if I came across otherwise.In fact it was a fantastic review with amazing pictures.

I have heard about Benchmade fakes for some time, but this is in fact the first one I have ever actually taken the time to see. (due to your pictures & detailed review)

It has been very enlightrning to say the least…

I appreciate your review, I learned a lot from it. Smile

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teacher wrote:
mizjif, I have nothing against you or your review. I apologize if I came across otherwise.In fact it was a fantastic review with amazing pictures.

I have heard about Benchmade fakes for some time, but this is in fact the first one I have ever actually taken the time to see. (due to your pictures & detailed review)

It has been very enlightrning to say the least…

I appreciate your review, I learned a lot from it. Smile

It was my first knife review so I appreciate your compliments. I felt compelled to write the review as I hadn’t seen another review on this knife clone and I figured I could shed some light on it. I have many other knives but they’ve all been reviewed a million times before Smile

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The blade is not perpendicular to the handle…
Please explain, I do not understand.

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Sorry I meant; parallel. But the original have the same problem.

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The blade is not perpendicular to the handle…
Please explain, I do not understand.

I think he means that the knife design doesn’t carry the blade in a straight through manner with the handle giving it the effect that the blade may not be open all of the way.

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mizjif wrote:

It was my first knife review so I appreciate your compliments. I felt compelled to write the review as I hadn’t seen another review on this knife clone and I figured I could shed some light on it. I have many other knives but they’ve all been reviewed a million times before Smile
My pleasure, I meant everything I said. Thumbs Up
I amazed at how exact the fake is. Shocked Shocked
It is a shame they just don’t do an original design of their own……

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mizjif wrote:
It was my first knife review so I appreciate your compliments. I felt compelled to write the review as I hadn’t seen another review on this knife clone and I figured I could shed some light on it. I have many other knives but they’ve all been reviewed a million times before Smile
My pleasure, I meant everything I said. Thumbs Up I amazed at how exact the fake is. Shocked Shocked It is a shame they just don’t do an original design of their own……

I agree. If they have the capacity to copy a knife to such exact measures and produce it in such a surprisingly quality manner, why can’t they implement that into a unique original design? They aren’t marketing the benchmade as authentic so what is the point for them?

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