I'm in love!
I'm in love with an inanimate object. And that object is the Benchmade 580S Barrage Knife. It's a beauty to behold in my hand. Comfortable, elegant, simple, sharp, slim, and just the right heft. The AXIS spring assist opening sprints the blade out faster than an eyeblink. It works much better than those folders where you have to flick your wrist. The secondary safety on the top of the spine, as Dane Allison reviewed, either keeps the blade locked open or locked closed. I can't see using the secondary safety to keep the blade locked closed, but I can envision where it would be a good idea to keep the blade locked open more securely. A likely scenario for the latter is when you are using the point to stab an ice block to make chunks. Thanks also to Dane for mentioning the Rainbow of California Large Knife Case. Though, the Barrage is a folder, I trust the clip to hold the knife in place in my pants or shorts pocket only when I'm walking, not when I'm jogging or bicycling. In the latter two forms of exercise, I'm moving my legs too rapidly (well, maybe not so fast these days, as I'm old and slow now). Moreover, when I'm bicycling, the knife may even be horizontal or angled clip downward, possibly sliding out of my pocket to be gone forever. What a loss that would be! (Not only in terms of money, but also love. Who knows how long Benchmade will manufacture the Barrage?) The Barrage fits the Rainbow of California Large Knife Case perfectly, a snug fit. I plan to bicycle with the knife case attached to the waist strap of a fanny pack. The knife will be secure, and easily accessible. Oh, one more thing, the knife cut through cardboard like it was butter.
Figured it was time to get a Benchmade, knowing that if you want the best quality, that's what you go for. The price is also not bad and seems to have come down from what I remember them costing.
The knife is well made with 154CM steel, so it will hold an edge fairly well, but may not sharpen up as much as a higher carbon content blade. For my uses, this is fine. I would have liked to see the tanto style blade shape, but the REI that I purchased this at did not have one. The spring assist mechanism is very good and doesn't have any play, the blade lock is easy to use and not tight, and the lock out/lock in mechanism, once you get the hang of it, is very useful.
The handle is a nice contour, but the material feels a bit cheap to me. My last knife was metal with a G10 texture, so I may just not be used to this. It looks like it is starting to pick up scuffs/scrapes a bit already, but hopefully not too much.
Overall the knife is very nice, and for the price would be very hard to beat.
Extremely well made knife. This is my second Benchmade and I was not at all surprised with the quality. The blade is made of exceptional quality steel and the handle is of equal quality. I have beaten the hell out of this knife and the paint on the pocket clip is the only visible sign of age. The blade stays sharp and is relatively easy to sharpen. The only downside, if it is a downside, is the fact that the Axis locking mechanism tends to collect dust and grime, but with a Q Tip, it's easy to clean. Overall, very satisfied with this knife. American made is the way to go. If you are buying a knife and want a quality larger sized folder that is durable as hell, buy the Barrage. And the reviewer whose locking mechanism failed to function correctly must've received a lemon, because there is no way a Benchmade would fail like that. Between REI and Benchmade, I'm confident that the issue was taken care of, as both companies have the best customer service available today. Buying a Benchmade from REI is one of the best decisions one could make.
Usual Benchmade Quality
I mainly bought this knife to use up a 20% coupon before it expired, and I'm glad I did.
Having bought (and subsequently returned) the smaller Mini Barrage, I wasn't sure if I wanted another assisted opening Axis model. In the case of the Mini, the grip just wasn't large enough or textured enough to feel right when that internal spring shot the blade open.
Fortunately,the larger size of the full size Barrage eliminates this issue for me. It's comfortable to carry, easy to open, and doesn't feel like it's gonna fly out of my hand when opening.
Being my 4th Benchmade knife purchased over the years (not counting the Mini Barrage) the quality is exactly what I expected. Very solid lockup with no play thanks to the Axis mechanism, razor sharp out of the box, and it feels solid and substantial in the hand.
About the only downside to the knife is that it's such a nice knife I'm having a hard time putting it through much abuse. That'll surely change in time though.
Proud Owner Of Benchmade
The best knife I have owned. I spent hours online searching for the best company, and then for the best model of knife. This knife was the perfect match. The size is large enough for most every task besides hacking down a tree, and small enough to clip inside a pocket. The AXIS assist opening mechanism is powerful, and when the blade is closed,the force that goes into opening the blade is instead keeping it closed, so the blade is not always under tension to spring open. The secondary lock on the knife is like a gun safety, preventing it from being unintentionally opened in a pocket, or from snapping closed on a finger during use.
I recommend purchasing the large Rainbow Of California sheath that REI carries, as it fits perfectly, and allows you to carry it on a belt or TAC-TIED to a pack.
Great balance of all things
This is great medium weight knife. Benchmade sells a lot lighter, and there are a lot heavier knives. I wouldn't use this knife to live in the forest but I wouldn't go there without it. Its a great middle ground of weight and size. The assisted opening spring gives it a wonderful feel and if i buy another folder from Benchmade that would be on of the requirements for it to have. The pocket clip is sturdy as you can get with out doing something crazy. I bought the knife to use at my work in a commercial kitchen to open receiving shipments and blade will stand up to cardboard all day long. It has a good grip I just with there was some sort of rubberizing on the finger holds but anything they would put on would flake off so most likely that is for best.
I'm completely in love with this knife. For 30 years I've been using the same knife and refused to upgrade. I finally broke down and bought the Benchmade 580S Barrage because I wanted something lighter weight, a knife that I could work with one hand, good ergonomics, high quality and nice esthetics. This knife has it all. In the short time that I've owned it, it has already seen a fair amount of use and so far is a pleasure to work with. All moving parts have perfect fit -- no excess free play anywhere. My only complaint is that there were no instructions on how to open it without cutting myself (I'd never worked one of these spring assisted knives). It comes out of the box sharp as a razor. Worth the money.
Everything Ya Need
Always go to a store to buy a knife, test it out. Heard that the spring has problems on these models. Benchmade has a great warranty; lifetime. If you look at all the materials that were put in to create this knife.. you'll see its just made for any condition. 154CM is a great steel, strong, keeps its edge and is expensive. The grip. Made out of Valox plastic which is made of thermoplastic polyester resins are semi-crystalline... and is resistant to a variety of chemicals including aliphatic hydrocarbons, petrol, oils and greases, dilute acids and bases, detergents and most aqueous salt solutions. (did some research on the internet).Overall great knife. Cant say anything bad about it, look forward to taking it on my next camping trip, if this snow ever goes away.
This knife is absolutely fantastic I have looked at may different benchmade knives and have come to the conclusion that this one would best fit my EDC (everyday carry) needs. After looking at some of the auto knives that benchmade makes the assist blade makes more sense for three main reasons, one its faster and easer to open than an auto knife, two its much safer to carry and open than an auto, and third you dont have to worry about all the regulations that different citys place on auto knives. I hope this help some of you choose this great knife....
I decided to expand my benchmade collection and landed on the Barrage. This knife lived up to benchmade's reputation. In all honesty its a little scary at first. The force with which the nitrous assist shot out the blade was intimidating at first but you learn to love it. This is a bigger knife and would be a little much for every day use but for hiking camping etc it seems to be the perfect knife.