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There are a lot of great manufacturers out there making a lot of great knives, but few do so with the 4x4 enthusiast in mind. Benchmade is changing that.
The Triage is the company’s latest offering to focus on those who might need a trusted blade while ’wheeling in the backcountry or under adverse road conditions.
Take a look at what we discovered, and see if it’s the right tool for you.
This handy little device is the perfect tool for recoveries—not of the vehicular variety, but rather the personnel type. You can use the hook to slice seatbelts, clothes, or rope without risk of cutting into the flesh of someone who’s been trapped in his rig.
Plus, the safety cutter is made of 440C stainless steel, so it has a strong balance of wear and corrosion resistance while still staying sharp.
A Benchmade wouldn’t be a Benchmade without a stellar edge. Made of N680 stainless steel, the Triage’s sheepsfoot-style blade is highly resistant to corrosion, so it’s ideal for fishing, mud-bogging, or other adventures near water or in high humidity.
It also stays tough against wear and is plenty sharp, making it an excellent tool for camping and hiking or for more everyday functions like opening packages. Though some critics might say N680 steel won’t hold an edge as well as other premium steel, it’s easy to sharpen.
Benchmade has put all of our favorite features into the Triage’s body: textured G10 handle for an assured grip; Axis locking mechanism for safety and ease of use; reversible tip-up pocket clip; and full stainless-steel liners.
The Carbide glass breaker is another aspect of the Triage that makes it the perfect rescue tool for outdoor adventurers or first responders. Located conveniently on the end of the handle, the glass breaker can shatter a side window to allow for quick extraction—which is especially key in a worst-case scenario like a 4x4 slipping into a raging river.