Benchmade’s Axis lock is built like a brick shithouse. It is also, of course, patented. Chinese manufacturers (of software, electronics, car parts, or anything else) don’t really give a damn about patents or copyrights, and this ersatz Benchmade 860 Bedlam shamelessly copies the Axis locking mechanism. But they don’t want to make it too obvious, so their eBay ads are spotted with little smiley-faces.
Because nobody would ever think that was odd.
Here’s a de-smiley’d photo of the same knife, clearly showing the purloined Axis lock.
Just another example of how much counterfeit garbage is bought and sold on eBay. And how anything that seems too good to be true, like this 90%-off Benchmade, probably really is too good to be true.