Benchmade Mchenry and Williams Design Knife
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- MECHANISM: AXIS lock
- BLADE STYLE: 3.90" Drop-point
- BLADE STEEL: D2 tool steel (60-62HRC)
- HANDLE: Black textured G10 with stainless steel liners
- EXTRA: Reversible tip-up pocket clip
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Our first folder to ever feature the AXIS lock, the 710 is a terrific piece of sports cutlery, featuring G10 handles and a long D2 (60-62 HRC) tool steel blade. This classic knife has been in the line-up for close to two decades. –SPECS: Designer: McHenry & Williams | Mechanism: AXIS | Action: Manual-opening | Blade Steel: D2 (60-62 HRC) | Blade Length: 3.90" (9.91cm) | Blade Thickness: 0.115" (2.92mm) | Open Length: 8.80" (22.35cm) | Closed Length: 4.90" (12.45cm) | Handle Thickness: 0.48" (12.19mm) | Weight: 4.50oz. (127.57g). — Intended for Everyday use, the 710 has a standard clip type with a reversible tip-up clip position.
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18 months later review
Long term review. Still a 4!!! The D2 is really a dream blade. However, you have to wipe the blade anytime you are cutting something acidic (like Tomatoes) or it will rust (so far only the edge) but nothing too serious, and nothing that resharpening cannot fix. I am using a spyderco tri sharpener and figured out a lot of things (it is the best sharpening device for this recurve blade), like using wd 40 or liquid wrench on the white rodes as finishing, and clipping A4 single ply paper on the rodes to have a mirror finish. That is it! good recurve, good grip (but not for defense, your risk cutting yourself, no choil guard), overall good EDC. I cannot imagine a better blade for a civilian. Nothing can come close to this for the sort of use (everyday task nothing too intensive, I don't know the limit of this blade, but looking at some footage on youtube destructive testing can show you what this blade can do). For defense purposes (I am a wannabee mall ninja), I have a ZT0566 (shorter blade, choil / guard), it is the best combo ever depending of your environment / context, daily routine. You might found a better blade for your usage, but for me, nothing will come close to a 710 in a civilian, peaceful environment. Non threatening look, extremely long blade, easy to sharpen (yes it is! it takes time that is all), easy to clean, nothing to break (yet, the omega spring might give up, the ZT torsion bar broke within 6 months, the 710 works like a champ), very light for what it is. Also, you can open the blade with an inertia flick of the wrist, which makes it even easier than assisted knives. The thumb studs, I almost never use it. It is by default ambidextrous. Worth every penny. Buy with confidence. So why not a 5 star? Interestingly, the design could have been better. Thumb studs are so close to the G10 where the G10 could have been molded as a ramp for your thumb to slide on, the clip could have been a deep carry. Well nothing that you cannot mod. But still. This come close to the best design I ever got to hold and that is still "affordable" . This knife is an incredible tool for the person who seeks a utilitarian blade without a threatening look. I make this product a spiritual 5 star. See you in another year.
Lots of good things to report here. D2 steel is good stuff. Not stainless steel but it's "near" stainless due to the high chromium content. It is rust resistant but real corrosion requires neglect on the owner's part. D2 will stain with use over time. D2 steel is hard and some people just cannot get the hang of sharpening it. The secret is patience and persistence and maybe the judicious use of diamond stones. Best idea: don't let it get dull to begin with. I use Spyderco's ceramic stones and keep my knives sharp and DMT diamond stones to bring them back to sharpness. But the 710 came surprisingly sharp to begin with so normal touch ups should be all that's necessary for a good while.
The handle is G10 and I like it. It's not aggressively textured but it's not slippery either. The Axis lock is strong. Sometimes a spring will break in the Axis lock but it's not a common occurrence. Opening the knife is silky smooth. The shape of the handle is excellent--narrow, thin and well shaped. The blade is 4" long which is a bit longer than I usually like to carry. However, the blade manages to fit into a handle of a length you usually find on a knife with a 3.5" blade. Since the whole package is thin and narrow, this knife carries so easily it doesn't feel like a 4" knife in your pocket. Just be aware that a 4" knife might not be legal to carry in some of the places you frequent.
As for negative points, there is only one I've identified--a complaint fairly common to Benchmade knives with Axis locks. To clarify, I actually own two Benchmade 710's. My other is a partially serrated, black coated blade model. I bought it about the same time as the plain satin blade model. Although I like the looks of the satin model better, I've been carrying the black model daily for about a month. It gets a lot of frequent use. It's kind of a beater knife since I bought it new as an "open box" deal for a good discounted price and I don't mind using the heck out of it. The main concern I've found is how the pivot gets loose with the frequent opening and closing this knife goes through. The issue is not a deal breaker because it is completely resolved with ease. To do so, follow this procedure: Back out the pivot screw with a Torx wrench until a good bit of the threads are visible. Wipe off any excess oil with a Q-tip. Apply a drop of Loctite to a toothpick and apply the Loctite to the pivot screw threads--a drop or two should be enough. Tighten the screw until the blade has the amount of tension you like and let the knife set up until the Loctite dries. Once this is done, the pivot screw should no longer loosen with normal use.
The 710 is a smooth operating knife that keeps getting smoother as you use it. Aesthetically, it looks good and it's not as threatening-looking as many 4" knives. (Of course, some people feel threatened by anything sharp and pointed so this point is subjective.) It feels comfortable in >my< hand and fulfills >my< needs well. It's expensive, yeah. If you can justify the expense and want a high quality knife, I highly recommend the 710,