Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
This has to be by far the best feeling knife to hold in your hand. Everything from the finger cutouts in the handle, to the jimped thumb ramp, and even very naturally comfortable to put your thumb on top of the blade past the jimped ramp. Slightly loosening the pivot screw allows the blade to swing freely, which makes for very easy opening and closing by pulling back on the AXIS lock. Also, it makes it easy to flick your wrist and open the blade WITHOUT touching the AXIS lock, both in standard holding position, as well as underhanded. In either case, the blade opens as fast or faster than an assist or automatic. No issues with the pivot screw loosening so far. The only "con" (because I felt I needed to pick on something) is the pocket clip, which is very strong. This is an issue, IMHO, on all Benchmade knives. I always bend them up a little bit so they barely touch the knife. This prevents the clip from eating a hole in your pants over time, and makes for easier deployment. But, finding something wrong with this knife is a stretch Finally, the obvious - S90V!! Carbon fiber!! Blue anodized accents!! This is definitely a #1 EDC knife.