Benchmade Triage 915 Review

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Benchmade Triage 915 Review

Benchmade 915 Triage

The Benchmade Triage 915 is a well designed knife for emergency responders and people looking for a good EDC Knife that is not Tacticool. However, it has its imperfections.

Tactical pocket folding knives are great for, well tactical applications. But, for the 99% of us who are probably never going to be in a force-on-force encounter involving knives, there seem to be few choices these days.

For many years I have carried and really enjoyed my Ken Onion Tactical Blur Tanto point folding knife, made by Kershaw. However, I am more likely to need a knife for opening boxes, cutting rope, or freeing myself from a seat belt after a car wreck than I am for fighting (let’s hope).

For my next EDC knife, I decided it needed to be something less aggressive-looking and more applicable to the activities I engage in everyday. It should also fit the more likely emergency issues I may encounter.

The sheepsfoot-style blade is perfect for slicing and cutting without concern of stabbing anything on the other end. They are popular among rescue workers, as this blade shape can easily be slipped under a seat belt and other restraints without fear of injuring the person they are trying to free. Among sailors, the blade shape is favored for similar reasons ““ on unsure footing you are less likely to stab yourself or your sails.

There are a couple of knife makers, each with variations, that make a sheepsfoot folder. The one that caught my eye as being the most well thought out was the Benchmade 915 Triage.

The 915 Triage features:

  • AXIS® locking mechanism
  • Modified sheepsfoot blade style with ambidextrous thumb-stud opener
  • N680 highly corrosion resistant blade steel (57-59HRC)
  • 440C hook-shaped safety cutter (58-60HRC)
  • Textured G10 handles (available in black or safety orange) with 420J full stainless steel liners and a reversible tip-up deep pocket clip
  • Carbide glass breaker

Basic Benchmade Triage Specs:

  • Overall Length: 8.20″
  • Closed Length: 4.70″
  • Blade Length: 3.50″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.130″

When my new 915 Triage arrived I was a little disappointed. The design and function is awesome, but some things just weren’t right.

The first thing I noticed was that the odd pattern on the G-10 scales makes the knife look kind of cheap. Rather than going with a traditional cloth pattern, Benchmade used a strange bumpy raised pattern. It has no effect on grip, but it just makes a relatively higher end folder look cheap.

The second thing I noticed was how big the blade is. I did read the specs before buying and knew what I was in for, but the overall design seemed to make up for the excessive size. In my opinion, 3.5″ is .5″ in excess for an EDC folding knife. Over the weekend I showed the knife to Ron Davis, and he gave a head scratch at the sight of the blade’s length.

The third thing I noticed ““ most important ““ was that the blade was dull. When you pay more than $100 for a knife, you expect it to come with a proper angle and a damn good edge. The edge was so bad, Benchmade might as well have sent it out flat. It was sharpened like an Axe or other chopping tool with a very shallow angle. I was not alone in this experience. Every review I read before I bought the Triage complained about this. I had hoped Benchmade had corrected it, but apparently not. Benchmade should be truly embarrassed sending out a knife I can run my thumb over and not cut.

Fourth, the safety cutter does not lock back. When opened it sounds like it locks back with a click, but no such luck. Does it need to lock back? No. The bottom inside of the safety cutter has jibbing for your thumb. With your thumb firmly in place, the safety cutter is not likely to go anywhere. However, I still say charge me a little more and put a lock on it. It would make me feel better.

Lastly, the assisted open is weak. I am used to the speed safe on Kershaw knives. You barely touch the things and their blade is in the game. The Benchmade 915 Triage takes a little more effort.

What I did like about the 915 Triage, as I mentioned before, was the thought that went into the design of the knife.

On all the other knives I looked at that had a safety cutter, it was built into the handle and exposed. Putting an exposed sharp edge in my pocket just seems like a recipe for damaging something. The cutter on the 915 Triage folds neatly back into the handle like any other blade.

Several fixed blade knives on the market have glass breakers on the butt of the handle. This is the only fold I came across that had a dedicated glass breaker. I may only ever use this feature once in my life, but it will be that one time that I need it that will make it worthwhile.

The modified Sheepsfoot blade is a very interesting design. It has more of a belly than a proper Sheepsfoot, giving it more versatility in function.

After I changed the angle from a 30 to a 15 and put a polished edge on it, I find it to be great knife that will remain my EDC for some time to come. Get your Benchmade Triage 915 here.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Rifle-Man July 14, 2011 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Nice review! I was thinking about getting a Benchmade Houdini to keep in the car, but this might be better since it would always be within reach.

  2. Pmedic920 August 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I am a paramedic, 20+ years. I’ve carried many knives over the years. I’m a firmly believe that the bitterness of poor quality lasts much longer that the sweetness of low price. Having said that, I bought and am currently carrying a 915 while on duty. Mine came razor sharp, the angle of the edge is a little steep, however I’ve found that for heavier duty uses this reduces chipping of blades. The blade was a touch on the tight side, but a 1/4 turn on the screw fixed that. I’ve also found that with benchmades locks, if you disengage and flip your wrist they are as fast as an auto. Like you my first thought was that the triage was a bit to large, however I have used the window punch feature twice so far, the overall size adds to the usefulness of it. I’ve used the rescue hook to cut a couple of shirts, a pair of jeans, laces on a boot and several seat belts, all without the lack of locking being an issue. Overall I love this knife for on duty carry, worth every penny.

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  4. Rifle-Man January 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Hey, I actually ended up buying one of these, it just arrived in the mail today. I got the black handle, black combinaton blade version and let me tell you, for a rescue knife it looks pretty badass.

    The G10 is super-grippy, almost too grippy – I think it’s going to wear a hole in my jeans pocket where I clip it. Maybe a little bit of sanding under the clip might help.

    The blade is big, but I EDCed it today and it didn’t feel lumpy in my pocket – the knife has a deep-carry pocket clip, which is nice, and it’s fairly narrow. Also, the blade came shaving sharp, so I’m not too worried about the edge right now. Even though it’s a sheepsfoot blade and it’s designed so you don’t poke anybody while you’re working on them, it still has a fairly sharp point, so the knife could probably be used as a defensive weapon if you absolutely had to. Benchmade has come out with another variation of the Triage, model 916, with a blunt, opposing bevel blade that would make it impossible to stab somebody – if that’s your thing.

    I’m pretty sure that this knife isn’t supposed to have assisted opening, and really, who needs it? You can flick your wrist and open this thing with a satisfying SNAP that is way more violent and intimidating than any assisted opener I’ve used. I’m not even sure opening a knife like that is legal in Canada – we’re not supposed to have “gravity knives” up here. But who cares, it looks cool.

    The glass breaker looks like it’ll do the job, and the cutting hook is easy to deploy and razor sharp.

    Overall, I’m pretty happy with this knife. It looks cool, it’s a sheepdog knife, it carries deep and it just might save my life (or someone else’s) one day.

  5. mike February 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Hello all,
    I purchased this knife based on a review in a knife magazine. I have not had any of the issues mentioned in the review above. The knife is made for rescue work and that is what its good for. As to the size, I carry a multitude of sizes in the many folders I own and carry. (yes, I AM obsessed!). The one caveat I have not heard nor seen on any review is this….The Glass breaker on the butt end of the knife will scratch the hell out of you when carried in pocket with the clip. It protrudes just enough to be a minor hazard…..but hey perhaps that could also be used-blade closed- as a non-lethal ‘motivational tool’ in a more tactical situation!? Just my 2-cents. I carry this knife occasionally but mostly it rides in my car where I am more likely to use its escape/rescue features.
    Keep ’em sharp!
    Mike

    • Aaron Frankel February 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      That’s strange about the glass breaker. I’ve carried mine clipped into my back pocket since this review was posted and never had a problem with it. However, if carried in the front pocket I could foresee an issue.

  6. Ken Leonard January 25, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Hi boys, i just purchased 2 of these Benchmade 916SBK,S. I will carry one, and just put the other in my revolving Plexi glass case to stare at and admire. Benchmade makes some Kick Ass Handsome American knives. I own 26 knives made by this company. I will leave a Review once i get them in my hand.

    Kl

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