Way back in 2014 when the Knife of the Week series first started, the Benchmade 940 Osborne was one of the first recipients of this prestigious honor.
In those ensuing years, the world lost the great Warren Osborne but gained his iconic EDC in a new form: the Benchmade 9400 Osborne Auto.
Knifemaker Warren Osborne unfortunately passed away in 2016 after a lengthy battle with an illness. Steve Shackleford of Blade Magazine had a great writeup on his life shortly after Osborne died.
The 9400 Osborne Auto retains all the elements that made the original such a quintessential everyday carry design. It has a 3.4-inch satin-finished blade made from high-quality S30V steel.
The modified reverse tanto blade remains a versatile and unique blade profile.
For those who like a black-coated blade, the 9400BK Osborne Auto is also available.
The main difference is that with the push of a button, the blade bursts out of its green anodized aluminum handle quickly and effortlessly.
While the AXIS lock is still solid, the simplicity of the push button on this auto is hard to beat. The button is even slightly recessed to prevent accidental firing or closure. A sliding safety lock offers additional protection.
If automatic knives are legal in your area, it’s plain to see the Benchmade 9400 Osborne Auto improves upon the classic design. It’s a no-brainer buy.