Blade Show may be over, but the reveals are still rolling
Blade Show may be over, but the reveals are still rolling in. Benchmade has an auto lineup on the way, the new for 2022 Immunity family. This is a completely ambidextrous, everyday carry-oriented automatic that comes in two different pocket-friendly sizes.
As you’d expect to see in a Benchmade family with full size and mini versions, the general design and materials are retained between the two sizes of Immunity. Its blade is an angular wharncliffe, with a straight cutting edge and very acute, very pointy tip. Blade steel is CPM-M4, a formidable semi-stainless that offers truly outstanding edge retention; all variations of the Immunity comes with a coated blade to bolster rust resistance too. The handle scales are textured aluminum similar to what we’ve seen on the Bailout, available in bronze, green, or grey anos, with a scalloped profile for indexing the fingers.
The handle houses the Auto Axis deployment mechanism. This is is a single action set up that fires, not with a button or toggle, but by pulling down on the Axis Lock cross-bar. This set-up, which mimics a fan-favorite way of opening a manual Axis Lock knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">knife, makes all the Immunity models completely ambidextrous, as the deep carry pocket clip is also reversible.
In terms of dimensions, the full-size Immunity is still a compact knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">knife, with a blade length of 2.49 inches. Little brother Partial Immunity, meanwhile, comes with a 1.9-inch blade – just stubby enough to qualify this tiny auto for California carry.
There’s no release date given for the Immunity or Partial Immunity at this time. MSRP varies between $250 and $270, depending on which color and size you choose.