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917SBK Tactical Triage

Product Review (submitted on August 31, 2018):
I still remember buying my first Benchmade in 2004 - a 2550BK that I've babied to this day, and I've bought him plenty of friends. Quality is top notch, and the warranty and service are beyond reproach.

I just picked up my 917SBK today over my lunch hour at my local dealer. Build quality is as anticipated (excellent), and I ordered it sight unseen, having never handled it prior to order as the dealer did not stock them. I was well pleased, but my one initial disappointment was that it felt dry as a bone, stiff, and I could not wrist-snap it to open as I intended to. For the record, I hate using thumb-studs/holes/loops. My Benchmade's are all fixed blades, autos, or able to be opened by a flick of the wrist. Perhaps I'm just spoiled with how smoothed out my 300SN is, and I must have forgotten what it took to break that one in years ago or something. At one point early this afternoon I nearly gave up, but that would have been stupid :). The right lube and enough patience, and it smoothed out as I'd hoped without any mechanical adjustments. I used a high-zinc engine assembly lube in this case, that while quite viscous out of the bottle also has excellent surface wetting and high dispersion and adhesion (that last part may seem counter-intuitive to some, but having the lube stick to the surface is a good thing). After a few hours on the bench "basting" it, and manually working the mechanism quite vigorously at intervals, I now have it carry ready within the afternoon as I write this. I will likely switch to a lighter oil later on for regular lubrication, but after doing this same process to my 300SN years ago, I can flip it open and closed quite easily. With a firm flick, it opens with a pleasing snap (not as loud as the 300SN, but we'll see). This is only the second Axis knife I've purchased, but it certainly won't be the last. Thanks Benchmade!