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Benchmade 810 Contego – Badass Knife of the Week

Knife names are often too twee or nondescriptive, but sometimes a name hits the knife on the head. That’s the case with the latest Badass Knife of the Week.

The Benchmade 810 Contego takes its name from the Latin word for “protect.” As a tactical folding knife made with only the strongest materials, the Contego is the ultimate protector to whoever carries the knife.

Here is a test from Benchmade:

Designed by the late great Warren Osborne, the knife features a 3.98-inch blade made from CPM-M4, a tough super steel that gets scary sharp. Its reverse tanto blade design has a large belly for slicing and a strong point. This particular version comes with a partially serrated black-coated blade for extra utility.

Dual thumb studs are well-placed on the blade to allow for easy one-handed opening in any situation. As with every Benchmade folder, the blade stays engaged thanks to the ambidextrous and reliable AXIS locking mechanism.

The toughness of the Contego doesn’t stop at the blade though.

Made from heavily milled G10 scales, the handle boasts aggressive texture and an ergonomic design that’ll keep the knife firmly in hand at all costs. A carbide glass breaker at the butt gives you a last option when things get dire.

Finally, a reversible tip-up carry pocket clip bears the familiar butterfly logo of the iconic American-made brand.

For more information on this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the product page for the Benchmade 810 Contego.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. Contego is appropriately named because the knife itself in its coated blade of black is indeed a menacing looking folder. Owning this particular folder I believe has everything to do with the CPM M4, as the other choice is the CM154 which is in its own right a great stainless, still is left behind in comparison. I have both and feel the knife design is stand-out by the very appropriate Osborne reverse tanto, but I do wish a more comfortable clip could be incorporated . Since all is is said in the article above I only add my personal remark as a vote for the Benchmade 810, its axis locking system, Master Osborne’s design and the choice of metal.

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