I also say shame on Benchmade for routinely shipping poorly sharpened knives. I cannot for the life of me understand why they would make such fine knives and then not sharpen them well -- and in many cases sharpen them sloppily or poorly.
The crown jewel of Benchmade knives is the axis lock, a very nice and solid mechanism. It they would just ditch the studs and start putting round holes to open their knives (not to mention sharpen them, did I mention the fact they often do a terrible job sharpening their knives) they would really have something.
My all time favorite Benchmade is one of their least expensive - the Griptillian.
I am also fond of the Loco.
And the first high quality knife I ever owned is one they no longer make, the AFCK. The AFCK has a sort of cult following and they try to make enough noise to get Benchmade to bring it back. I'm not sure where I stand on all of that. I like the knife, but I am sort of unbiased and sentimental.
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