Benchmade 810-1601 Contego Osborne Limited Edition 1 of 30
Tribute Knife to Warren Osborne July 29 1951 - January 4 2016
Announced and sold at BLADE SHOW 2016 as follows:
We are excited and honored to present this extremely limited, 30-piece, variant of the Warren Osborne designed 810 Contego. This innovative knife features D2 steel bonded with carbon fiber, producing a lightweight blade with the edge performance of air-hardened tool steel. The black carbon fiber handle scales and clip makes this model as attractive as it is light weight. 29.56% more light weight to be exact, but who’s counting? MECHANISM AXIS® lock BLADE STYLE Reverse tanto BLADE STEEL Carbon fiber and D2 tool steel laminate (60-62HRC) HANDLE Black carbon fiber with stainless steel liners EXTRA Reversible tip-up pocket clip and DLC coated hardware.
- Overall Length:9.28"
- Blade Length:3.98"
- Blade Thickness:0.156"
- Blade Material:Carbon Fiber/D2
- Hardness:60-62 RC
- Blade Style:Reverse Tanto
- Blade Grind:Flat
- Finish:Grey Carbon Fiber
- Edge Type:Plain
- Handle Length:5.30"
- Handle Thickness:0.55"
- Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
- Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
- Weight:4.17 oz.
- 30 Piece Limited Edition
Note: The first and only model ever produced by Benchmade with a Steel / Carbon Fiber laminate blade.
Note: This verson of the 810 Contego was made as a tribute to the recently passed Warren Osborne. It was released at the 2016 Blade Show through four Benchmade dealers that had sales booths at the 2016 Blade Show. Each of the four dealers were allocated 5 knives each. We are not certain what happened to the other 10. It was said at the time that few were going to those closest to Warren within Benchmade and some would later be auctioned for proceeds to go to charity.
Blade Magazines Annoucement of Warrent Osborne's death: Long-time knifemaker Warren Osborne passed away January 4th 2016 after a long illness. His death comes almost 13 months to the day after his good friend and fellow maker Joe Kious was killed in a truck accident.
A native of Australia, Osborne moved to Texas, where he resided in Waxahachie for many years. He was a full-time knifemaker and sold his first custom knife in 1980. In his trademark cowboy hat and cowboy boots, Warren was a fixture at knife shows and BladeSports International (BSI) cutting competitions. Despite failing health, he exhibited at the recent International Custom Cutlery Exposition in Kansas City, the first-ever knife show coordinated by both the Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society.