Benchmade 710D2 McHenry & Williams Large AXIS, D2 Blade, Plain
Not only is it the first Benchmade to feature the highly regarded AXIS locking mechanism but it's also one of the best all-around folders on the market.
It all starts with the 3.9-inch blade. The modified clip-point blade is extremely versatile, and the dual thumb studs make for quick and easy ambidextrous opening.
The 710D2 iteration of the folder, which was designed by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams, features high-quality D2 steel. Known for its outstanding wear resistance, D2 steel is touted for its ability to tackle the toughest tasks around.
Farther down the knife is the simple yet effective handle. Machined G10 scales allow for a secure and comfortable grip in a variety of conditions. A black reversible tip-up pocket clip makes traveling with the knife effortless.
Now we get to the most formidable aspect of the knife: the AXIS lock. Considered by some to be the strongest lock ever made, the AXIS is tested to withstand the most rigorous conditions without failing. It can even support a negative load of more than 200 lbs without showing any signs of weakness.
With an overall length of 8.8 inches, this is a knife to behold from top to bottom. We can go on forever about the Benchmade 710, but we'll let the knife speak for itself.
|Closed Length||4.9 inches|
|Blade Length||3.9 inches|
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (D2)|
|Lock Type||AXIS lock|
|Total Length||8.8 inches|
|Pocket Clip Included||Yes|
|Knife Weight||4.5 ounces|
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I got his knife 2 weeks ago, came is a new Benchmade box. The knife size is pretty handful. When flipped open the length of the blade is adequate for all types of jobs. The blade steel is well known D2 steel which has reputation to take sharp edge and hold it for very long. The slicing ability of mild recurve belly is way outstanding. The high grind gives a very steep angle of 17 degree each side which is good for everyday cutting. The knife can also act as formidable self defence tool in extreme cases. Only downside I see is handle material which is G10 and seems slippery though finger grooves and rough patterns are made on it. If a thin layer of rubber is put on handle then it may be outstanding knife out there. This knife has won Knife of the year award perhaps in 1998, so basically a awesome trusted tool. The knife is moderately priced. Overall: FULLY SATISFIED
Excellent quality, maintains its edge through multiple usage. Easily sharpened extremely tough blade.
Absolutely the best folder I've in owned in the last 10 years. Currently my every day carry, the 710D2 provides a simply yet strong design. I've owned a number of Benchmade folders utilizing the Axis lock since its inception and even under hard use it has never failed and is vastly stronger to traditional. Well-designed blade with near-perfect proportions. Slim handle may not appear to be ergonomic compared to many form fitted designs but is surprise comfortable and provides a secure grip while eliminating any bulkiness.
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