Titanium Mollusk Scales for Benchmade Osborne 940*, 940-1, 940-2, 943* - AB (Aluminum Blast)
This lightweight contoured titanium scale complements the original design of the 940, smoothing out the original hard lines to a continuous surface of subtle peaks and valleys. The complete knife weighs about 3.5oz.
- RSD Backspacer and Screws required for 940 and 943 (thin backspacer version).
- Right-Hand tip up.
- Left-hand carry is not available at this time.
- All blasted scales are finished with oil-based PTFE to help reduce fingerprints and scratches.
Made out of grade 5 titanium, knife and hardware not included.
These take a good knife to a great knife. Amazing quality, and amazing customer service. 10 out of 10!!
Rockscale Designs was an easy choice for replacing the carbon fiber scales on my 940-1 with the S90v blade. I bought this knife for three reasons:
To use as a benchmark as I begin to learn more about knives,
I wanted a larger knife than my EDC to take into the woods when I forage.
I wanted a high-performance steel blade with edge retention and high corrosion resistance, as the knife takes abuse and often gets folded up a little dirty and wet, off and on throughout the day.
I love the blade on my 940. I do not like the handle. The carbon fiber is too light to balance the weight of the blade. It felt as if wanted to tip out of my hand if held loosely. Though not bad, it does not provide the greatest grip. I frequently handle the knife when wet and sometimes wearing gloves, so this was a significant issue for me.
Thinking metal would give more heft, I found Rockscale Designs and their Ti Hatch and Mollusk scales. I prefer the look of the Mollusk, but it was not available, so I bought the Hatch. Aesthetically, they both match my taste for the understated with a matte-like finish, neutral coloring and simple patterning. Whereas the checkerboard-ish carbon fiber detracts from the form of the knife, I think that the Mollusk pattern enhances the form and lends an extra measure of beauty. It is a hard act to follow, but the Hatch does it pretty well.
Additionally, the grooves provide friction for an excellent grip in many positions, wet or dry. It feels good in my hand and I had no issues with the grip while using the knife during a couple of rainy days. I once had the pleasure of holding a centuries-old katana with sharkskin wrapping the handle, giving it a slightly gritty feel. These scales remind me of that experience and with the improved balance, give the knife a confident feel that it lacked.
I have two small criticisms to make of this excellent product: I believe the rise running down the center of the scales could be a little taller, giving the thumb and fingers a little more purchase. I also believe the feel and look of the knife could be improved if the edge of the scale were eased over a little bit and the grooves followed this arc at constant depth. This would have the effect of making the scales less planar, more sculpted and overall, more attractive.
I exchanged a few emails while ordering the scales and some Ti screws. The responses were thoughtful and efficient. Stuff arrived promptly. These scales are expensive, but in my mind, a very good value at the same time. High quality work and professional service, what a beautiful balance!