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The new , Model BM 710 AND 705 weredesigned by custom knife makers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams and premier Benchmade's patented AXISTM lock which was also designed by Bill and Jason. It looks simple enough, and it is, but it's the end result of a lot of hard work and perseverance by Bill and Jason, over the course of 4 years. The AXIS lock is totally ambidextrous and allows for easy one-handed opening and closing of the blade without your fingers ever being in the path of the blade. The design is very intuitive to operate with little or no instruction needed on how the lock functions.
As simple as the lock is, perhaps its biggest selling feature- is its brute strength. In testing, the lock supported a negative load of over 200 pounds without damage. When the lock does finally fail, the liners simply crack over the locking pin, but at no time in Benchmade's testing would the blade have closed on the users hand. The AXIS lock features two "Omega" shaped springs that provide outstanding functional redundancy. The springs are lightly stressed and our tests show they should last indefinitely. In the unlikely event that one of the springs does fail, the other will still operate the knife just fine.
The sizable 3.90 " ATS-34 blade of the Model BM710 features a reverse-curve grind for increased cutting ability. The double liners are heat-treated 420 stainless steel as is the locking-bar. The handles are G-10. There is a removable, stainless steel pocket-clip located on the butt end of the knife. This given clip location on the butt end is necessary due to the locking mechanism. If the clip were positioned on the pivot end, the knife would protrude much too far out of your pocket.
AXIS LOCK U.S. PATENT NO. 5737841
MODEL BM 710
ATS-34, stainless steel
heat-treated stainless steel liner
Patented AXIS lock
Plain edge with satin finish blade
Combo edge with satin finish blade
Combo edge with BT2 coated blade
Plain edge with BT2 coated blade
|Plain edge with satin finish blade|
|BM705S SOON||Combo edge with satin finish blade||SOON|
|BM705SBT||Combo edge with BT2 coated blade|
|BM705BT||Plain edge with BT2 coated blade|
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