The Benchmade 761 Titanium Framelock EDC Knife relatively large EDC knife with a very thin design, so that it carries like a smaller knife. It is a titanium framelock with with the feel of a semi-custom in some of its features and detailing. It has thrust bearing washers that are as smooth as glass. Many are comparing it to the Chris Reeve Sebenza, I see it as a modernized implementation of that concept.
Blade and Frame
The blade is a modified utility drop point shape and is made from premium M390 stainless steel. The blade is 3.73 inches long and while the blade is thick enough for EDC knife tasks, it is not designed as a hard use folder like a Zero Tolerance. The blade shape and thickness is elegant without being delicate.
The frame is titanium and is beveled to give a thin feel in the hand and in the pocket. There are interesting machining details throughout the frame and in the overall construction of this EDC knife. The lockbar has a tab to pre set the amount of lockup. The result is perfect lockup every time without any feel of the lock sticking. The Benchmade 761 also uses Benchmade’s patented blade stop that is adjustable by rotating the several faces of the stop to adjust clearance and how the blade locks. It looks a bit like an octagon behind the blade, but each face has a different offset.
The Benchmade 761 Titanium Framelock EDC Knife uses a single thumbstud for its deployment. It would be nice if there was a stud on each side of the blade, but it is setup for right handed opening only. The detent is just solid enough to prevent accidental opening of the blade, and the blade flies out when it it deployed. The blade can be opened so easily and quickly that caution should be taken not to be too aggressive when deploying the blade and having it slam into the stop. Regardless of how it is deployed, it locks solidly open each time.
As a gentleman’s folder the Benchmade 761 Titanium Framelock EDC Knife has plenty of grip. There is jimping at the spine of the blade and in the spine and at the rear of the frame. The jumping does not go all the way across the frame and is not really felt unless pressing into it a bit.
Fit and Finish
The fit and quality of the Benchmade 761 Titanium Framelock EDC Knife is excellent. Even the jimping has rounded edges and the machined standoffs have additional detailing that is usually only found in mid-tech and more custom EDC knives. The lanyard hole has a polished edge that contrasts nicely with the rest of the sandblasted titanium frame. The pocket clip blends with the overall design and appears to serve to prevent over travel of the lockbar. Blade centering was perfect.
The Benchmade 761 Titanium Framelock EDC Knife carries easily and has a look that makes it seem like a smaller blade than it is. The titanium clip has good tension allows for fairly deep carry. The only issue is that the carry position is fixed as right side, tip down only. Benchmade has a policy of making the framelock knives with tip down only carry to prevent the chance of injury if the blade opens accidentally in the pocket. The tip down only carry can be changed by some machinists that will drill the frame and relocate the clip, but right side only carry is an issue for some left handers. It may be part of the design since the clip appears to serve to prevent lockbar overtravel. At the least there should be a thumbstud on both sides of the blade. With a weight of 4.4 ounces, the 761 is likely one of the lightest blades of its size that is a titanium framelock.
Overall the Benchmade 761 Titanium Framelock EDC Knife is a very high quality titanium folder for EDC use. It is extremely smooth in its deployment and has design features that will make it a conversation starter. Benchmade has taken many features that have been reserved for custom knives and brought them to a premium production EDC knife.