Everyday Carry

Benchmade 380 Aller

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Benchmade 380 Aller

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Compact and highly functional are two features that don't often go together, especially for a pocket tool. But if anyone can pull it off, it's Benchmade. Known best for their robust and popular knives, they designed their new 380 Aller friction folder knife with French knifemakers Patrick Famin and Eric Demongivert to be the ultimate travel companion. The 380 is a one stop shop for six essential functions, legal to carry almost everywhere, and sized in a unique form factor that's perfect for everyday carry.

There are plenty to details in the 380 Aller that reflect the thoughtfulness put into its design, but its most upfront striking feature is its size. When closed, the knife is a mere 3.3”, smaller than just the blade of most production knives. But even while closed the 380 packs a feature punch thanks to a screwdriver/pry tool with built-in bit driver and a bottle opener built into the blade's tang, which also acts as its deployment mechanism. Applying pressure to this exposed tang swings out the 380's 1.6” CPM S30V wharncliffe blade, a premium steel with a good balance of toughness, wear, and corrosion resistance in a versatile shape ideal for precision cuts.

The blade's compact length and non-locking design also lends itself adherence to knife laws the world over, supporting the knife's role as a travel essential. The 380's blade and tools extend from textured G-10 handles, offering a familiar and resilient grip, and a reversible pocket clip and lanyard hole round out its EDC carry options.

Whether looking for your next jetsetting essential or looking to consolidate your everyday tools into a compact, tough platform, the Benchmade 380 Aller is built for everyday versatility. Add one to your pockets by picking it up from Amazon at the link below.

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Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting with an interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years, he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today, he is the site's Director of Everyday Carry Operations, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, or watching movies, you'll find him in the gym, speedrunning his next hobby, or talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

Discussion (8 total)

Goldthunder ·
I’m about as big of a Benchmade fan boy you can find but this doesn’t do it for me. Want a pry bar? Better product for the money? Just wait... the boost 591 is soon to release.
John Wood ·
I totally agree that this knife has an interesting design but the listed price point is way to high for the features offered, in my opinion.
Justin Watts ·
I might consider this at half the price and titanium scales, but not at all for the $136.00. There is nothing about this that would warrant that kind of money.
Ryan Brock Tobler ·
This knife retails at $160 on the benchmade website and their selling points are the utility the pry bar/bottle opener? The spring washers are cool, but they don't do it for me. Who wants to pay that much for a knife with a bottle opener? You can pay under or around $5 for a small keychain tool with a pry bar and bottle opener. A bottle opener is the most gimmicky tool to add onto any EDC item. Even my wallet has a bottle opener on it. Also the blade is tiny. For the price you pay you can get a much more useful knife and a bottle opener/pry bar tool on the side that will take up minimal room in your pockets. Nothing about this knife justifies the price.
Nate ·
This knife looks really cool, but for $136, I wouldn’t want to check it through and risk it being stolen or taken by foreign customs. For international travel, I stick with the Victorinox Compact, because it has huge functionality in a non-threatening package, and it won’t break the bank if it goes missing.
Olaf Sorenson ·
Can this knife be carried on US airlines?

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