Slipjoints – folding pocketknives without a lock – are classic, classy and easy-to-use knives, and Benchmade, long a trustworthy name in knife-making, has released a nice, reliable slipjoint in their 319 Proper. Benchmade bills it as a “modern take on a classic gentleman’s knife”, with the look of a classic, old-fashioned jackknife, but with the materials and durability of modern EDC must-haves.
It features a sheepsfoot blade, made from CPM-S30V stainless steel, so as to be rust-free and corrosion proof, and comes with a satin finish.
The handle is made from carbon micarta, available in both a forest green and dark brown canvas. The 319 Proper is the perfect size for a pocket knife – 3.85″ long when closed and 6″ opened, and weights only 2 oz. It’s small enough for everyday carry, but still hefty enough for decent cutting and sawing.
The Proper 319 not have a pocket clip, as it is designed to be as streamlined and classic as possible. It does have a lanyard hole on the end of the handle, for attaching a lanyard or key-ring for convenience.
Benchmade 319 Proper Specs
- Blade Length: 2.86″
- Blade Thickness: 0.090″
- Handle Thickness: 0.40″
- Lock Mechanism: Slipjoint
- Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HR
- Weight: 2.32 oz.