...in this case that's a good thing! Benchmade isn't cheap but it is well worth the cost. I've had my Griptilian for years and it has served me well. The Axis locking mechanism takes a little getting used to but is absolutely superb. With a pull of the knob and the slightest flick of the wrist you can open this knife nearly as fast as many of the spring assisted blades out there. What I love is that this knife is so well balanced that you can easily reverse that process to close the knife. No other knife I've had (and I've had a lot) has allowed me to close the blade while holding it in such a natural position. My only complaint is that every now and then when I'm not being careful the thumb studs can get hung on my pocket and start to deploy the blade prematurely as I'm pulling it out. But this is truly a great a knife and I recently utilized the Lifesharp service which blew me away. I got my knife back with a beautifully sharpened blade, all cleaned up and lubed, a new clip, and a nice box. You can't beat that for only having to pay to ship it to Benchmade! If you're not buying this knife, that's fine. Just make sure you end up buying another Benchmade.