Benchmade 707 Sequel Knife Review

Reviewed by corwin99 on May 2nd, 2014

The Benchmade 707 Sequel is the “sequel” to the once popular Benchmade 705, the smaller brother of the Benchmade 710. All three knives were designed by McHenry & Williams for Benchmade. The Benchmade 707 Sequel improved on a few things where the 705 was weak, including thinner handles and a wider profile blade.

Many find that the Benchmade Sequel 707 is still too small, and qualifies as more of a Gentleman’s knife than a true tactical/utility EDC knife. I will agree that it does feel a bit small in the hand when you’re wanting a full-size folder, but its good enough to get some decent purchase on it.

Blade
The blade is a modified clip-point style, very similar to the 705 predecessor. It is slightly wider, which gives it better cutting stability and allows it to perform like a larger knife. The 154CM Stainless Steel blade is satin finished, and measures almost 3″ in length, comparable to a small CRK Sebenza. Its a great utilitarian shape, and feels good for the size.

Handle
The 707 features hard-anodized aluminum handles with G-10 inserts for extra grip. The aluminum allows the knife to be slightly thinner than the previous 705, yet weighs slightly more. I personally love the look and feel of hard anodized aluminum handles, but generally prefer to carry knives that have full G-10 scales as they seem to be more resistance to scratching and scuffing. It doesn’t take long for Aluminum handles to get all scuffy.

Fit and Finish
Typical high-quality Benchmade Fit and Finish here. In fact, because of the G-10 inlay and machined aluminum scales, I think the knife gives off the appearance of even higher quality than the 705. The full G-10 scales tend to have a rougher, more utilitarian look to them that doesn’t show off as nicely as the aluminum. I think the 707 gives the appearance of higher quality fit and finish than the 705, and compares very favorably to similarly priced knives.

Overall its a nice little package on a 3″ folder, that is a bit of a crossover from tactical to gents. Its a small but significant improvement on its predecessor, and worth a look if you’re a Benchmade collector and fan of this size of blade.

Specs:
Blade Length: 2.95″
Overall Length: 6.75″
Closed Length: 3.80″
Blade Thickness: 0.100″
Handle Thickness: 0.420″
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
Weight: 2.60oz.

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