This knife is large and expensive. The handle is not made from wooly mammoth femur or dodo bird beak or anything extinct and/or exotic. So what? The large size means effortless cutting. The admittedly nondescript handle makes up for its lack of beauty or heft with durability and a clip with a sure grip. Yes it costs a lot but you are buying a knife that if used and maintained properly, will last you a lifetime. If you are going to buy a knife, buy a Benchmade.
"Can't go wrong with a Benchmande product"
While often higher priced than similar quality items, Benchmades are backed by an often unheard-of and unparalleled warranty, and top it off with incredible customer service. So, they're worth the higher price. Moosejaw has them on sale for a better price than I've seen them sell for used, which is awesome.I gave this knife to a friend who needed one before I really could test out its abilities. But I carried it in my pocket every day for close to a year, and it never failed me. D2 steel will hold its edge like you won't believe, and still be relatively easy to sharpen. And trust me, this knife gets SHARP. The Axis locking mechanism is perfect for quick deployment, while keeping it a safe method as well. They knocked it out of the park with that design. Long story short? You will never, ever regret purchasing this knife.
My ole lady bought this bad boy for my birthday and I love it. How could you not love it? It's a benchmade!! I got the plain edge with the tanto blade it's real good lookin. Really sharp, really durable and if you ever need it sharpened you can send it to benchmade and they'll sharp it for free. ( All you have to pay for is shipping I believe.) But I feel this knife and myself will be best friends for quite some time to come.
"Great knife, extremely sharp right out of the box. It is sturdy and well built."
Though the knife may be expensive compared to equivalent knives, the quality is there. The locking mechanism along with the blade are top notch. Much like the other reviews, the handle is a little bit of let down. It has a tinge of that "cheap plastic" feel to it. But so far I have not been able to put any real scratches in it. Great knife once again.
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