TYR Tactical

Benchmade – Aileron

The Aileron was developed in conjunction with trainer Steve Tarani. Interestingly, it was designed to answer calls from Federal Flight Deck Officers for a knife.

This folder features a laser textured blade grip as well as thumb hole opener, reversible pocket clip, and G10 handles. The CPM-S30V Blade is offered in Satin finish or Black Cerakote.

BLADE LENGTH: 3.45″ [8.76cm]
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.120″ [3.048mm]
OPEN: 8.03″ [20.40cm]
CLOSED: 4.58″ [11.63cm]
WEIGHT: 4.24oz [120.20g]
HANDLE THICKNESS: 0.54″ [13.72mm]


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13 Responses to “Benchmade – Aileron”

  1. mike says:

    additionally, you could put a giant zip tie through that thumb hole and just draw it from your pocket locked open.

  2. Horshack says:

    Bros! I dont now about you guys but i’m always getting in blade fights. My TL has been in 12-13 already this year! We plan to rock these blades on ops when we crash doors!

  3. SamHill says:

    I think the laser engravings look cool, but there is no way I’m going back to 2 hand opening method, with all these advancements we’ve had from autos, to flipper tabs, thumb studs, even to the opening hole, which this knife also has. We’ve seen this theme before, what is old is new again. 2 hand opening now tactical!.

    Aside from that, the knife looks neat, and I’m glad to see Benchmade putting out a black class knife that is not 5,6,7+ ounces after a long trend of making very heavy knives like the AFO2 etc.

    • Adun says:

      Benchmades are very easily one handed opening/closing knives, they just aren’t usually very fast one handed opening/closing knives. For opening you can operate the thumb hole on this model one handed, or you can hold down the locking mechanism and flick out the knife when it is broken in. For closing you hold down the lock and flick the knife closed before releasing the lock.

    • PNWTO says:

      I agree with you regarding the opening method but remember this, apparently, was designed for commercial pilots. So they may get a 2-Day Tarani class and very little refresher training so perhaps the 2H opening method is the best for them? Just speculation. Seems like an auto or a fixed blade would be better but there would be legal issues with all the places a commercial aircrew could find themselves domestically.

      This is in no way a critique of Steve Tarani, he is a great teacher and his effectiveness is irrefutable.

      • Adun says:

        You make a good point about the legality of carrying different types of knives if you are a pilot. I would want an automatic or assisted opening knife as a pilot probably, but having an automatic (opening) or assisted opening knife means that it is more difficult for you to close the knife as well due to the spring tension. The Axis lock is not the most conducive to one handed closing unless you flick the knife closed unfortunately.

  4. Bradkaf308 says:

    Do butterflies have ailerons?

  5. Able Dart says:


    (Seriously, a good idea in any case.)