The Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence presented its 2010 Knife of the Year Award to Benchmade Knife Co. for the Model 741 Onslaught at an awards ceremony on July 23 in Grand Island, Neb.

"Benchmade is honored to receive such a prestigious award and be recognized for our American-made products and high-quality manufacturing," according to Les de Asis, Benchmade's CEO and founder.

The 741 Onslaught features Benchmade's patented AXIS Locking Mechanism, contoured G10 handle scales with 420J stainless steel liners, and 154CM stainless steel blade. The knife was designed by custom knife maker, Bob Lum.

Benchmade has now won Knife of the Year twice in the past two years and ten times since 1998. Previous Benchmade Knife of the Year winners include 585 Mini-Barrage (2009), 610 Rukus (2006), 425 Gravitator (2005), 921 Switchback (2003), 556 Mini-Griptilian (2002), 690 Elishewitz (2001), 720 Mel Pardue (2000), 710 McHenry & Williams (1999), and the 910 Stryker (1998).

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