Review: Benchmade 3300 Infidel

by tonhe on September 5, 2011

Benchmade 3300 Infidel

For years I’ve wanted a well designed, reliable, and not least of all beautiful Out-the-front (OTF) knife. The rumor mill circulated stories for years about the possibilities and in 2006 Benchmade stepped up with their first OTF which delivers on all three aspects. The Benchmde 3300 Infidel OTF is, to put it simply, awesome. McHenry Designed double edged spear point blade made from D2 tool steel with an anodized T6 aluminum handle. Can you ask for anything more?


I have to admit, I love the moniker of Infidel that Benchmade bestowed upon this knife, but I digress… this is after all, a review. The aluminum handle is contoured with serrations on the thumb side where the slide release is located. The opposite side is smooth, which prevents snagging when drawing the knife, and has a steel pocket clip. The fit and finish on of the knife is excellent, the blade locks up tight, but does wiggle a bit as you can expect from any OTF. The pressure required to release/retract the blade is high enough that I would say it would not accidentally open. The edges of the handle and the slide release are not rounded which takes its toll on the user with regards to comfort. I can easily open and close this knife 1x per second for a minute with ease but it does cause the thumb to get sore. The accompanying sheath is nylon but only limits the ability to get the knife into action. The prefer to stick with the belt clip when I carry it.

Benchmade 3300 Infidel

Operation

Having never owned an OTF automatic, the first question I had to answer for myself was, “If you push the button can the blade penetrate an object?” — Unfortunately, in reality the answer is a resounding no. The blade will not fully extend through any object. The tip can penetrate some things, like a thin sheet of paper or a piece of cloth. However it will also not lock in the open position. You will have to either pull the blade out fully by hand, or give it a flick to lock it in place, which is required in order to make the knife retract.

Philosophy of Use (POU)

While Benchmade wants you to believe they’ve engineered the Infidel for serious Military and Police use, I have some serious reservations about doing as such. There are is no question about the beauty of the design in the Infidel, but it is a delicate system with its limitations. Many have reported that just lubricating their Infidel has caused issues because of debris sticking to the oil. Others have taken the plunge into a complete tear down, revealing the rather thing sears that hold the blade in place. While I’m far from certified to truly scruntinize Benchmades internal designs of the Infidel, I do have my concerns. Because of this, I’m giving it a Geek of Guns (GG) POU of Collectors Item.

Benchmade 3300 Infidel

Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.95″
  • Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 60-62HRC
  • Handle Thickness: 0.590″
  • Overall Length: 8.95″
  • Closed Length: 4.80″
  • Weight: 5.00oz
  • Lock Mechanism: Out-the-Front Double Auto
  • Benchmade Class: Black
  • GG POU: Collectors Item
  • MSRP: $450

Conclusion

I highly recommend this blade, Benchmade has held up to their reputation of solid construction, high quality knives. There is no question why Benchmade is regarded as America’s premiere source for knives. The price is a bit high for most people ($450 MSRP — Can be currently be found for $380 or less in stores), but if you’ve got the knife bug like me, you’ll have to own one.

Note: Currently we’re using images borrowed from the ‘net until I can setup a decent place to take quality photographs, or convince someone to become our photographer..

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