Benchmade has opened pre-orders for the new 737 Aileron series of tactical knives, which was developed in collaboration with Steve Tarani, a professional instructor and former CIA officer. The knife, which is named after the ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association) organization, was created with the needs of commercial and military pilots in mind. At the moment, two models have already been announced in the series — this is the 737 Aileron version with a ground blade without coating and the 737SBK Aileron version, which are distinguished by a black blade coating and partially serrated sharpening.
Among the key features of the new Benchmade 737 Aileron series of pocket knives, the manufacturer highlights the ergonomic handle design with anti-slip texture, the utilitarian shape of the blade, as well as the anti-slip laser engraving for easy blade removal regardless of operating conditions, which is complemented by a smaller, more classic thumb hole. To fix the blade, a branded lock of the AXIS Lock type is provided.
The blade of the knife, regardless of the choice of design option, is made of CPM-S30V steel, the hardness of the steel is declared by the manufacturer within 58-60 units on the HRC scale. To create the handle, in addition to steel elements, textured overlays made of G10 composite material are used. The total length of the open knife is 204 mm, when folded, the length is slightly more than 116 mm, and the width is about 14 mm, while the length of the blade is 87.6 mm, the maximum thickness of the blade on the butt is 3.04 mm. The weight of the knife is stated at 120 grams.
The basic version of the Benchmade 737 Aileron folding knife is priced at $235, while some distributors are already accepting orders for as little as $200, and the «black» serrated version is asking for about $213.