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Benchmade’s Ultra-Premium 748 Narrows Knife Is Their Thinnest Folder Ever

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Back in January, world-renowned knife maker Benchmade debuted its massive annual drop, in which it teased a slew of all-new designs and updated takes on existing favorites. Of the whopping 40 releases scheduled for 2023, the most noteworthy and significant was undoubtedly the all-new Benchmade 748 Narrows — an ultra-top-shelf and ultra-low-profile folder engineered specifically for everyday carry

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Spanning 8.02” overall, Benchmade’s 748 Narrows knife features a handle that’s been milled from 6Al-4V titanium. The handle comes mated to a 3.43” (0.8” thick) drop point blade composed of top-shelf Böhler M390 “super steel.” Sporting a satin finish, the blade is deployed using a set of blue-anodized thumb studs that are also made from titanium. Additionally, the Narrows also boasts PVD-coated Sapphire Blue hardware, pivot collar, and a matching reversible deep-carry pocket clip. As one would expect from a high-end knife from Benchmade, the 748’s craftsmanship and fit and finish are second to none. 

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What really makes the 748 Narrows special, however, is its insanely pocketable dimensions. Despite its full-size length, the 748’s handle clocks in at only 0.28” thick. Not only does this result in the 748 being 33% thinner than Benchmade’s already-svelte Bugout — while boasting twice the breaking force— but it also makes the aptly-named Narrows the thinnest, most low-profile knife to date in the brand’s extensive history. On top of a meticulously-designed and carefully machined titanium handle, the 748’s mind-boggling dimensions are largely owed to its locking mechanism which consists of a new take on Benchmade’s legendary AXIS lock. This revised mechanism jettisons the existing lock’s steel liners and omega springs in favor of an ultra-compact new lock stud and torsion spring assembly. Made in America, the 748 Narrows also tips the scales at only 2.41 ounce — a wildly impressive figure for a more than 8” EDC knife. 

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The Benchmade 748 Narrows Knife is available for order now directly through the manufacturer, with pricing set at $580.