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Benchmade 530 vs. 940 Comparison Pics

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by this_is_nascar, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004
    Does anyone have comparison pictures of these (2) knives they could post please? I was pretty set on the 530, then learned of the 940. Now I'm not sure what I want to do and getting both right now is not an option. The size and weight of the 530 is what initially drew me to that product. Than I started reading a bunch of reviews about the 940. I've never had a knife with aluminum scales, so I don't know if I'd like that or not.
     
  2. glocker199

    glocker199

    Mar 14, 2005
    Apples vs oranges. The 530 is much slimmer and lighter. I have a 530 with a deep carry clip that is my office EDC and you forget it's even there.
     
  3. kreole

    kreole Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 23, 2009
    Despite popular claims, the 940 is a pretty hard duty knife, and that's magnified when compared to the 530. The 530 has a thinner handle (though not much thinner because the 940's is already much thinner than the average knife) and a thinner blade; I tried to get a shot of those.

    I'm just going to link to the album because the pictures are pretty big. If you want any angle in particular let me know. http://imgur.com/a/xSk9X
     
  4. macknife12

    macknife12

    786
    Jan 1, 2013
    Changed the clip on my 940
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  5. Jastab

    Jastab

    Jan 31, 2013
    I handled the 530 at a outdoor place, and I was not impressed one bit. The feeling to me was super cheap, like a gas station knife. I know its probably not, but that knife is WAY too thin and light for my liking. I can see it being a good knife for someone who lightly uses his knives. I'd go with the 940 as its a proven benchmade design that's not going anywhere for a reason.
     
  6. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004
    Thank you everyone for the feedback, comments and pictures. I really appreciate it. Too damn many choices and not enough coin. I'm not sure what the hell I want to do now. My usage is mostly food prep (cutting apples, etc) and opening boxes, packages, clam shell containers, etc. Maybe I may cut some cardboard boxes down or something. That's my extent. I loved the look, size and weight of the 530 and I was ready to pull the trigger, than I started reading about 940, like I mentioned earlier.
     
  7. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004
    Is there a particular deep carry clip that you recommend? Does it attached with (2) or (3) screws?
     
  8. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004

    Thanks. Those pics worked just fine to show me what I wanted to see.
     
  9. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004

    Thanks. This last pic really shows the difference in blade and scale thickness between the two.
     
  10. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004

    Thanks. That's what I'm now trying to figure out which to go with. I've never had aluminum scales, only FRN-type or G10 ones. I'm not sure if I'll like the aluminum scales or if I'll even feel a differences. I don't believe I have a shop locally to me to hold these before buying.
     
  11. glocker199

    glocker199

    Mar 14, 2005
    I like the size of the 940 but don't care for the blade shape of the feel of the scales so I bought its cousin the Gaucho. It's a gorgeous knife with a beautifully ground blade and superbly ergonomic scales.

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  12. jkarp_53

    jkarp_53

    May 25, 2006
    I prefer the 530 over the 940. Why? I dunno it's nearly the same size. Just fits my hand better...maybe it's also the aluminum scales so easily scuffed.

    Now again, the Gaucho has always been a sleeper. As a prime candidate for a quick upgrade by swapping the stock blade for a 943 it becomes a great combination of cool scales and great clip point blade. Yet even as is, that (Gaucho) blade is either liked or hated, but it Is kind of cool. Just not my cuppa. ;)
     
  13. jlwatts3

    jlwatts3

    50
    Mar 5, 2012
    I have both and honestly carry the 530 more because it is so light and thin. Hasn't failed in my edc tasks at all, going on a year now. I did mess the tip up a bit dropping it onto carpet (!).
     
  14. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004
    Thanks again. Well, after reading the specs concerning the weight of the 940 vs. the Mini-Grip (I have a Mini-Grip), I think I'll pass on the 940. I don't want something that weighs more than the Mini-Grip and the 940 does. That being said, should I be concerned that the 530 tip was damaged from simply a fall onto a carpeted floor?
     
  15. jkarp_53

    jkarp_53

    May 25, 2006
    Any knife can be damaged by dropping. The blade on a 530 is thin, but then again...I've broken the tip off a heavy duty Shun kitchen knife that dropped on the floor, so it happens. The score? Floor tile 1, knife 0. :eek:

    Good news is: $25 plus shipping can get you a replacement blade if the damage to the tip can't be repaired.
     
  16. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004
    Thanks. That's good to know.
     
  17. this_is_nascar

    this_is_nascar

    735
    Jan 17, 2004
    I've been spending the last several days looking at countless videos and reading all the reviews I could find concerning the 530. I just stumbled across this latest review and it's the 1st time I saw a picture showing the 530 taken apart. I figured I'd share it.

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  18. boobar

    boobar Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    Blaspheme Joe, are you off your meds. :D
     
  19. JNewell

    JNewell

    Nov 18, 2005
    To me, the 530 has always seemed a knife with a fairly narrow, almost specialized, profile: it's incredibly thin and light, and to do that it gives up several other attributes. It would be suitable for activities such as ultra-light hiking (where people cut the handles off toothbrushes, for example) where few other knives would fit the profile as well.
     
  20. glocker199

    glocker199

    Mar 14, 2005
    I've found it to be the perfect office carry knife. I use it for opening mail, packages, slicing fruit, cutting string, etc.
     

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