Benchmade’s new limited edition Axis lock 586-141 is rated Triple-Ex: Ultra Exclusive, Exotic and Expensive. How exclusive is it? (Drumroll please…)
Only two hundred will be made. For a mainstream manufacturer, that’s almost as small as a production run can go without becoming a semi-custom knife.
How exotic? The blades are made from M390, a super-steel that’s reputed to be superior to S30V in nearly every regard. It’s supposed to be easier to sharpen too, but these blades are hardened to HRC 60-62 so I wouldn’t count on it. Just to make it extra cool, each blade is profiled and hand-polished with a convex edge.
The scales are made from 3D machined carbon fiber, with honeycomb aluminum inlays filled with C-tec infused epoxy.
And how expensive? Seven hundred bucks. Which is pretty close to the street price of every knife I own added together. It’s about the only (almost) production folder that makes a Sebenza look like a knife for cheap bastards.
I can safely say it’s a knife I’ll never own. A pity, that.