The Benchmade Axis Mechanism
Most lockback knives utilize either a flexible liner that fits behind the blade, or a pivoted lever recessed in the grip. However, Benchmade’s Axis lock features a transverse bar that fits over the rear part of the blade. The locking bar of the Axis lock is held forward by spring pressure. To free the blade so it can be closed, two buttons on the sides of the handle must be moved to the rear. The Axis lock is convenient to operate, even when the knife is held in a position for cutting.