Trending: Benchmade 485 Valet

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Closing out the week with Slicer Saturday, we take a look at one of Benchmade’s premium EDC options, the 485 Valet. At just 6.69 inches open, the 485 Valet is not a large knife by any means. But design cues like its smooth lines, contoured G10 handles, drop point blade, and almost disproportionately thin 20mm width create the illusion of a much longer knife. In reality, the 485’s size puts it easily into an ideal EDC range. Better yet, the cool grey handles with a woodgrain-esque texture make it well-suited as a gentleman’s knife too. It comes in even more compact than another popular small AXIS lock folder, the 556 Mini-Griptilian, while offering an uncommon M390 steel. Left-handed EDCers would also appreciate the ambidextrous thumb studs, reversible tip-up deep pocket clip, and of course, the AXIS lock. Other than the ribbing on the G10 backspacer, everything on the 485 is sleek and smooth — meaning no jimping on the spine for added grip. Overall, the fit and finish is up to par on the Valet. Its clean textures and smooth lines do well to represent the intended aesthetic. Check it out and add this sleek slicer to your EDC at the link below.

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