Introducing Benchmade’s proprietary AXIS Assist locking mechanism. AXIS Assist features a spring-loaded blade that moves into position once a user opens the knife manually. To close an AXIS Assist knife, a user simply needs to release the steel lock bar and fold the knife closed. Benchmade's AXIS Assist knives are ambidextrous and can be used by right or left-handed individuals. Customize an assisted-opening Barrage knife , featuring AXIS Assist technology.