The Benchmade Axis Mech­a­nism

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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.

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