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Old 10-21-2018, 01:38 PM   #1
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For a long time, my favorite type of knife has been those with the Benchmade Axis lock. It's solid as a rock, easy to operate, and ambidextrous. I'll carry a liner-lock sometimes, but the Axis is the best, in my book.

One of my Axis lock knives is a switchblade. It works great, but the downside is that closing it requires either two hands, or pushing it against your leg. It's the HK in the picture. The other Axis lock is just plain sweet. The thumb stud opens it as smooth as warm butter. To close, I just tip it upward and actuate the lock. Gravity does the rest and you don't even have to look at it. It's a better setup than the switchblade. That's the middle knife in the picture.

I've read that Benchmade's patent on the Axis lock as expired and a couple ChiCom manufacturers are ripping it off. What if the Chinese were making a good knife with all the features I like at an affordable price? That would kick-ass.

I had to find out for myself. A company named Ganzo makes a BUNCH of Axis lock knives. I settled on one named the "Firebird." I went with the carbon fiber style scales because I like stuff made out of carbon fiber. The knife cost seventeen and change.

So it shows up at the house, and it's fairly nice in it's fit and construction. It was too tight, but some adjustment on the pivot fixed that. Now it will open or close with just gravity. The scales are a little slippery. Maybe I should have ordered the G10. The pocket clip is tight, and seems to be a good spring steel. I'd rather it was black and inconspicuous, rather than shiny chrome. The Axis lock is nice enough, but the lock studs are nearly flush with the scales. They should stick out more or have a weaker spring to make it easier to operate. Handling and functioning are not at all bad for a cheap knife. I can buy a dozen of these for the price of my Benchmade Adamas. Even so, I'll continue to carry the good knife most of the time.

The blade is 440C. I don't know what that means. It's sharp and fairly symmetrical out of the box, but I'll be able to make it better. After that I might carry it around.

The size is almost identical to my CQC7, which is what I carry when I wear nice clothes like a proper gentleman.

I've seen much more expensive big-name knives that were not as nicely executed as this. Only time will tell whether the Ganzo Firebird will hold up to the everyday rigors of an EDC tool, but so far I think I like it.
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Old 10-21-2018, 03:12 PM   #2
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Your question on 440C steel is an easy one. It's essentially 18 percent chromium.

You can find all the alloys composition at this entry:

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