The Benchmade Barrage was introduced in 2009 which was the first AXIS-lock folding knife featuring an assisted-opening mechanism. The Barrage was designed by Warren Osborne, and this premium production folder was aimed at higher end users. Osborne has long been known for designing some of the best knives on the market and is one of Benchmade's top designers. The Barrage is offered in a variety of combinations with different blade steels,handle materials, and sizes, you are sure to find the best fit for you. If you are worried about the size, there are two different sizes to choose from. The Barrage overall length is 8.35 in. and the Mini Barrage length is 6.91 in. Whether you have large or small hands, either size of the Barrage will fit your hand. Benchmades Barrage Models; 580, 583, and 585 are manufactured with American-made, premium 154CM stainless steel.An American-made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.The lightweight handle is made from Valox, a glass-filled nylon, and rides easy in the pocket. The textured handle is a blend of ergonomics and style, and provides a firm grip. Its finger indents, or scallops, a feature of Osborne knives, allow the hand to rest easily on the back of the handle. The handles full-length, stainless steel liners are skeletonized to reduce material and provide structure with minimal weight. The Barrage knives were the first folders with both an AXISlock and a spring assist. The AXIS lock is generally considered the strongest locking
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