Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Lock Ease of Use
Nice knife marred by some disappointments
This is the first Benchmade that I haven't loved right out of the box. I'm judging it by my own high expectations (and the price!) of BM knives though, so it's coming off worse than it would otherwise.This is a very light knife for its size, and very slender so makes a good EDC - just the right size to be useful and usable. Blade is typically excellent and honed to perfection. It's almost a full flat grind so good for slicing, but sturdy enough for tougher tasks.A few fails, though. The G10 scales on the handle aren't as smooth and chamfered at the edge as I would like, giving it a cheap and unfinished feel, making it less comfortable and having some slip potential. The gimping on the back of the handle might as well not be there and definitely doesn't aid grip.The knife opens easily enough but the thumb stud is narrower and less ergonomic than my other BMs and doesn't feel as good - I'd much prefer one that matches the stud in the axis lock mechanism. The lock itself is the standard and excellent axis. It's works well, and there's no play in the blade when open. However, the lock itself isn't smooth and sticks in the open position, making one-handed closing a chore. Maybe I just got a manufacturing dud, because I know that the Axis lock is an excellent design and normally works like a charm.