Benchmade Adamas 275 Review
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Having as many knives as I do, to get really excited over a slab of steel,it often takes quite a lot for me. Unnecessary to say, the Benchmade Adamas 275 sure did the trick. Thinking back, in the past couple of years I don’t remember many knives that have peaked my interest quite as much as the Benchmade Adamas 275 has. I have to admit I have definitely not been let down by the build-up, while it took me a while to finally get one. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Benchmade Adamas is one of the obstinate production folders on the market that is designed by Shane Sibert.
Benchmade Adamas 275 Review
In the first place: the Adamas is one simply badass tactical folder. More than any other Benchmade knife that I can personally think of,its design, toughness,and aesthetics all scream “folding tank of a sharpened prybar”, and that is just plain nice. I have never before owned a folder that is so over-the-top tough.Diversity is the spice of life, which is why to have a folder like this one in my collection,it really brings me joy.
Now back to a little more objectivity. The most distinct visual element of the Benchmade Adamas 275 is its heft, and true that, it does feel as hefty as it looks. I own larger knives with longer total lengths, the Adamas is pretty incomparable to other knives for example the Spyderco Military.With an overall length of 22.1 cm (8.70 inches) it still weighs in at a gargantuan 7.7 ounces, this knife is completely unapologetically chunky, but thanks to its general overbuilt construction and stainless steel liners.
Absolutely not a light everyday carry or a gentleman’s folder. Butif they took even one look at it no one could have gotten that impression.
Benchmade Adamas 275 – Blade
The D2 blade is 9.7 cm (3.82 inches) with a thickness of 4.06 mm (.160 inches). It truly makes me doubt if the Adamas is really a fixed blade knife that just so happens to fold. All that is left to say, no folder I have reminds me more of an outdoors fixed blade, and alongside the Benchmade Adamas 275 is far more overbuilt than most of my fixed blade knives, including all of Moras (which so far include the Mora 740 MG, the Mora Classic, the Mora 2000, and Mora Bushcraft Forest) and the Boker Rold (which also has a D2 blade).
The only Mora-style knife that is indeed more overbuilt than the Benchmade Adamas is the Hultafors GK, and in terms of aesthetics and pure tactical charm there is no way that it’s even comparable.
The pocket clip is unusually subtle and secures pretty deep. Functionally, it’s fabulous, however aesthetically, I think it does not go with the look of the knife as a whole.
At right behind the pivot balance is pretty much perfect. The knife feels remarkably lively in the hand as it weighs close to 8 ounces.
The more you play with it, you can truly see how overbuilt this bad boy is. Observe below how Benchmade formed the desert tan G-10 scales to have a good palm swell in the middle: that is some really great work there. I also like how the scales are not left coarse, but are rather polished with 90% of the texturing removed, leaving you with a non-abrasive, smoothsurface that feels great to the touch.
Throughout the knife, utilization of jimping is extremely liberal. The jimping strikes the right balance between cheese-grater sharp and functional.
Benchmade Adamas 275 – Lock
I really dig the axis lock, and even though the Adamas does not open quite as smoothly as the Griptilian (in my opinion, a bit stiffer, largely due to its weight) it is still is a well thought out and very pleasantlocking system which is almost impossible to break in most extreme, as well as ordinary uses.
The thickness of the blade prevents the Adamas from being an especially good pierceror slicer. However, taking into account how tanky the knife is,the tip is sufficiently sharp. The Benchmade Adamas 275 will never be a delicate slicer, however for stereotypical outdoor use, it worked very well, especially on wood.
Benchmade Adamas 275 – Steel
Talking about the blade, the choice of D2 tool steel was a compelling one. I would have preferred something like M4, objectively speaking, but while D2 has its critics in the knife industry, I can’t say I have noticed any problem with it myself, and toughness seems very high, specially taking into account the grinds and, also the general thickness of the knife.
As a matter of fact, this knife is pretty much perfect overall with absolutely zero visible defects,in terms of fit and finish. Centering was dead on perfect.
The Benchmade Adamas 275 is pretty heavily skeletonizedas is evident from the 3 holes drilled into the scales. I fear to think how heavy it would be without the lightening holes.
Going back to fit and finish,construction is meticulous. I love how well-cut the serrations are. Completely smooth and even with no gaps between the sandwiched material.
I do not have many practical uses for this folding juggernaut, however its aesthetic qualities are pretty much irresistible in my opinion, as they are unmatched for a tool knife. It embodies a visual ideal and a sense of “togetherness” from the grooved blade to the way the scales are cut and shaped, which I wished more manufacturers would emulate. The pocket clip is the only thing that I have an issue with, and that’s an easy fix, as I can simply add a custom 3D machined clip to my Benchmade Adamas later on.
When you have gloves on,the thumb studs are unique, and taper in a conical fashion to aid opening. In practice, the blade opens naturally and quickly with no obvious issues. As specified earlier I do find that the Griptilian opened faster but I am not sure if that is representative of all Adamas vs Griptilian knives or just mine. Feel free to chime in if you own this knife.
Note: After writing this paragraph, I grabbed my Adamas, lubed up the washers and gave it an open(using ball bearing lubricant). In deployment now the Adamas and the Griptilian are almost identical. The smoothness that is so awesome about the opening of the Benchmade Griptilian is unquestionably there, butto be precise, the Adamas isn’t exactly as smooth, comparing them tit for tat. However, that’s just because the Adamas has a significantly bigger blade. If they were of similar/comparable size and weight, they would obviously be equals in terms of deployment. Now that it’s been lubricated,either way, really great deployment on my Adamas.
Benchmade Adamas 275 – Sheath
Benchmade tossed in a sheath with the Adamas. The sheath is terrible as a heavy hammer to the face, yet the construction is top notch and I did find that it functioned very well after mounting it on some molle.
The strap for the stud/button is very oddly stitched together and honestly looks like a drunk Scotsman designed it. However, it works, and detaching the sheath is really quick.
Due to the 2 straps pinching closely together,attaching the sheath to some molle can be pretty annoying, however this makes sense after attachment, as you will notice absolutely zero movement or play.
I cannot say I would ever carry my Adamas like that, yet options are always nice to have, and the sheath will absolutely match with basically any molle bag you could have. It attaches very securely.
To further secure your knife in,that weird pull strap has a Velcro’d side, so if you were concerned you may lose the knife using this sheath, that’s not happening, don’t worry. That’s been quite well thought out, very impressive design.
Benchmade Adamas 275 – Choil
The Adamas does have a choil of sorts,surprisingly enough. In case if the lock fails and you happened to be choking up on the handles, the ricasso acts as a choil, and would prevent the blade from guillotining your fingers off when it did fail. That being said, if you were to hold the knife normally,in case of lock failure I would imagine that the blade would chew right through you.
At the end of the day, I believe the axis lock (particularly the one on the Benchmade Adamas) is one of the hardest and most trustworthy locking systems implemented ever, so the odds of lock failure are next to nil.
Comfort in a saber grip is acceptable. The handles on the Benchmade Adamas 275 are thick and a little bit too square for me. Not as poor as the Spyderco FRN Manix 2, yet at the same time I would have favoured more broken lines with nice contouring. I do feel hot spots forming when gripping hard. It performed very well in actual use, but keep in mind that gloves may be warranted for extended work.
Choking up on the blade of the Adamas is kind of same story as the saber grip. Adequate but not perfect.
The reverse grip proved the most comfortable (for me), interestingly. There is heavy jimping on the bottom of the knife for your thumb to rest on and very secure hold with deep guard.
Pinching was possible, thanks to the tapered scales, yet once again, less than ideal. This is a folding survival knife/tank/door opener.
As a survival blade the Benchmade Adamas is an extremely poor performer,if we are being honest. If I chose what I was stuck in the wilderness with,I would never choose it over a Hultafors or a Mora. Due to the fact that it’s a folder that is not a small part. Lots of moving parts, and holes for grime and dirt to get stuck in, make it especially poor for bush craft and survival-type outdoor use. Yet, don’t get me wrong: that is not unexpected, nor should it be held against the Adamas. It’s only a reality.
While the Benchmade Adamas is promoted as an extremely military-focused knife, at last it really wouldn’t make a decent soldier’s knife: it weighs a metric ton and has a single function to cut. Soldiers need to carry multi-tools, like Leathermans, should use a bayonet for an edged weapon and should stick to their MBR for actual combat; that will always be the superior choice to a 3.8 inch and a 8 ounce folding blade.
My advice to you is: ignore the nonsensical claims on the discussions stating the Benchmade Adamas would make a kickass soldier’s or a survival knife.
Perceive this knife for what it really is and shines at being: as a result of its uniqueness, an absolutely unique, badass collectors blade that would fill a gap in basically every knife collection. In terms of the collectible aspect, the Adamas scores extremely high. I can’t imagine any production knife turning this one down.
Benchmade Adamas 275 – Conclusion
Putting aside its top marks in terms of uniqueness, the Benchmade Adamas 275 likewise crushes in terms of its top-notch construction, design, and finish. However, I may not be utilizing it for survival purposes, but would I sell it or return it? Absolutely not. I truly love this knife and if I lost it for some reason, it would be right back on the to-buy list. Out of all the knives that I have, this is one of the very few that will constantly have a place in my collection since it has no alternative or true competition in the market, particularly at its price range.
This is one of the best options you have got if you want an overbuilt, badass and sexy folder that will make you grin when EDC’d. If you need a knife for your collection that is difficult to replace because it’s exceptional to others, particularly those offered within its price range, you have struck gold.