Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, None
As good as I expected!
I own plenty of knives, but this is my first Benchmade. I have wanted this since seeing a review for it at SHOT 2011. It is everything I'd hoped for. Having read reviews about stiff action of the blade and/or hook and insufficient sharpness out of the box, I am happy to report that in my case the opposite applied. Razor sharp with fast action for both blade and hook. The hook is RAZOR sharp! I haven't yet used the glass breaker, but assume it would perform perfectly if need be. The G10 are super-grippy. The sheepsfoot blade is perfect for slicing and holds a good edge. Pocket clip carries nice and deep (barely 10 mm protrusion from pocket) and the size is also perfect for me (I have large hands - it's not a small knife and also fairly thick compared to say a Spyderco Delica) and I love the orange colour. The G10 handles will stain easily, but a drop of WD40 will sort this every time. I do EDC this knife and do not find the 5oz weight to be a problem. I am not a huge fan of the Axis lock, simply because I find it a bit fussy compared to a liner lock. The quality and function of the Axis lock however is excellent overall. Having used a Benchmade rescue cutter a short while ago to free a dude from his seat belt after a head-on crash, I now feel ready for any situation with the addition of the blade and glass breaker in the same tool. Still hesitating? Get one! It's as good as they say it is! P.S. Fast shipping all the way to France, great work Knifecenter!