Knives Illustrated has learned that the premier model in the Benchmade Presidio series will have a new look. The Benchmade Auto Presidio II offers everyday carry enthusiasts a departure from the usual black tactical knives. This new model features a blade of CPM-M4 steel with a Tactical Gray Cerakote finish and burnt bronze anodization on the T6 aluminum handles. It’s a good look, yet still subdued, so you can carry an attractive knife while still being discreet.
Benchmade Presidio: Familiar Features
What hasn’t changed is that this newest model still makes use of the Auto Axis mechanism that allows you to deploy the Presidio with a simple pull of the Axis Bar.
The blade is a partially serrated drop point that’s 3.72 inches long and 0.14 inches thick. The handle is 5.0 inches long, giving the knife an overall open length of 8.72 inches.
It’s a relatively large, high-performance design that’s still easy to carry. It weighs 6.32 ounces.
Other Presidio Models Still Available
If you want to stick with classic black, the earlier Presidio Auto is still available. It measures the same as the new model and uses CPM-S30V steel.
Also available are manual models with one-handed opening via thumb studs. There are also Mini Presidio II models that feature either a black or matte stainless finished plain-edge blade of CPM-S30V steel. Those Mini models feature blades 3.2 inches long and handles 4.34 inches long.
For more information, go to www.Benchmade.com.
Model: Benchmade Auto Presidio II
Type: Automatic folder
Blade Steel: CPM-M4 with gray Cerakote finish
Blade Length: 3.72 inches
Blade Thickness: 0.140 inches
Blade Configuration: Partially serrated drop point
Overall Length: 8.72 inches
Closed Length: 5.00 inches
Weight: 6.32 ounces
Handle Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum with Burnt Bronze finish
Handle thickness: 0.63 inches
Other: Reversible pocket clip for tip-up carry; lanyard hole