Alongside the release of the Freak is the Boost family of knives, bringing dual-durometer handles and AXIS-assist functionality together. In Benchmade’s dual-durometer line of knives, if the Freak is the cousin of the Griptilian, the Boost is the cousin of the Barrage. It’s a perfect combination with fast opening action and tons of grip to keep things secure.
Design and Ergonomics
The handle and blade of the Boost are straightforward and easy to use. The handle has stainless steel liners housing the blade and the AXIS-assist mechanism. Its outer shape makes a comfortable shape for your hand, and there are perfectly placed depressions at the front end for you to choke up on.
The tail end features ambidextrous clip crew mounts for the deep-carry clip (tip-up, left or right side). There’s also a lanyard hole for you to expand your carry options.
The full-size variant has a blade length of 3.7” that results in a total length of 8.52” when the knife is in the open position. It’s a stout piece of steel with a .120” spine thickness and a sharp saber grind, so you will have all the durability you need from an EDC folding knife. With a 4.8” handle made of grippy Versaflex dual-durometer material, everyone is going to feel right at home holding onto this knife.
The Mini-Boost cuts down on the overall dimensions of the knife while maintaining the robust construction and materials of its bigger brother. The blade is trimmed down to a spine thickness of 0.10” and a 3.11” length still sporting a sharp, durable saber grind. When the knife is fully engaged, it measures just 7.18 inches. The 4” handle is a little more compact but still plenty comfortable, especially thanks to the dual-durometer scales.
AXIS Assist Deployment
One of the most attractive features of the Boost is the AXIS assist mechanism. The rapid firing opening action is smooth, reliable and very convenient for users. All you have to do is start pushing the blade open with the ambidextrous thumb stud, and the spring assist will take over and launch the blade into the open position.
Every Benchmade Auto or AXIS-assist knife comes equipped with a safe switch. On the Boost, this is located on the spine of the knife where you can easily reach it with your thumb. Simply press the switch down and push it to the locked position which can be engaged in the open or closed position.
Benchmade chose Crucible’s CPM-S30V for this blade, and it’s a perfect combination. S30V is hassle-free since it takes and holds an edge well and possesses excellent stain resistance.
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The Boost is a perfect blend of durability and effectiveness. The blade is both sharp and stout, and it deploys in a fraction of a second whenever you need it. The handle is as durable as it is comfortable and gives the user endless confidence with its sure grip.