Benchmade Knives: 908BK-1501 - AXIS Stryker II - Carbon Fiber - CPM-M4
The Stryker® 908BK-1501 - A KnivesShipFree exclusive
You already know that we're big fans of AXIS folders. We've always wanted to collaborate with Benchmade on an exclusive and, at long last, here it is: the 908BK-1501 AXIS STRYKER, available only from KnivesShipFree.
This very special model is a full-size folder that carries like a much smaller knife. Credit its light weight (4.35 ounces) to carbon-fiber scales and blue-anodized spacers. It also benefits from a deep-carry pocket clip, which is reversible.
The heart of any knife is its blade, of course, and this black-coated beauty sets a new standard -- it's crafted from CPM-M4 "super steel," a high-vanadium carbon steel with great edge holding and toughness, along with excellent resistance to corrosion.
We're thrilled to offer the 908-1501 AXIS STRYKER, but hurry -- quantities are limited.
- AXIS® locking mechanism
- Drop Point with ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener
- CPM-M4 "Super Steel"
- Black Carbon Fiber handle scales with blue barrel spacers, black liners and reversible tip-up pocket clip
|Blade Steel:||CPM-M4, Black Cerakote|
|Blade Profile:||Drop Point|
|Handle Material:||Carbon Fiber|
|Pocket Clip:||Reversible, tip-up|
|Blade Hardness:||62-64 HRC|
the knife is pretty good overall. Fairly heavy and built strong. Carbon fiber is well finished and the grinds are even. But needs some work out of the box. Everything is coated, so if you take it apart and and buff all the contact surfaces, then oil it, it really improves the feel of the knife. Basically it needs a good break in period. It is very smooth now, but was fairly gritty with some lock stick when new.
The black blade is (I believe) ceracoated, which leaves a fairly thick and rough finish on top of a thick grind. Fine for a working knife, but it is not going to be the greatest slicer ever.
The only real "problem" with the knife is the clip. It is not a good clip. It's a deep carry that is not actually deep, and the bend in it is very shallow. Between the tall pan-head screw benchmade uses and the shallow bend, when I put it in a jean pocket, it hangs on the screws instead of going all the way up into the bend of the clip. I'm going to try and rebend it to a better position, and if I screw it up I guess I'll buy an aftermarket clip.
I have been a Griptillian guy for years, this knife is head and shoulders above the Grip! Locks up like a vault, Beautiful styling, but still a great user. M4 is a fantastic steel, and has stayed razor sharp like it came out of the box. Worth every penny! The service from KSF is a big contributing factor as well, they ship promptly, and take great care of their customers!
One of my first picks everyday from the abundant collection.
Love the balance on this one. Blade swings open and close so fluidly. Blade is mean and heavy, a real workhorse. Bought it beacause it was beautiful, use it because it’s such a multitasker.
Love this knife!
This is the best knife I have ever had! Its a manual knife but i think i like it more then autos or assisted blades. It is super smooth once broken in .it is one of the sharpest blades ive seen out of the box.the down side is if you dont have a top of the line sharpener you will not be able to put an edge on it. I will buy another one just in case I lose the one I have.
This knife is fantastic. Carries light, smooth opening M4 tool steel 3,5 inch blade. Nice low ride clip. I love it. I need to get another. This knife is well worth the price. Good job knives ship free!
Beautiful knife. I have an original 908 Stryker which I use daily, and so I wanted to upgrade, and I'm glad I did. Send the ApostleP the commission, he sold me on it.
I own a lot of Benchmades, a ZT, and a CRK. If I had to choose one knife for the rest of my life right this moment, this would be it. 3.5" of CPM-M4 weighting only 4.3oz. This is my go to "High Abuse" EDC. I have XL hands and generally prefer smaller 3" sized blades (weird right?) but this specific 908 has helped me find love for the larger 3.5" full size blades. Just wait until you hold this thing in your hand. Perfection on KSF and Benchmade. Contemplating ordering 1 or 2 more of these so I can keep one mint and have one to pass on down to my son some day.
I've carried this knife exclusively since I bought it in January. Deep pocket carry. Excellent edge. Smooth deployment with no blade play. The coating holds up to every day use. I strop it once a week if it needs it or not. I think I can sell all of my other folders.
I trust The ApostleP's reviews in YouTube. I knew I had to have this BM after his review. It's everything he said it was. Typically stiff AXIS lock action when received. That's a good thing IMO. It means it's only going to get better and smoother. I do my usual 1 drop (only) of Tuff Glide to the pivot and to the AXIS lock area. Then I work it. Now? Buttery smooth deployment not unlike my 940-1 which is hard to improve on. I adjusted the pivot screw just a tad. Now there is zero blade play. I mean none. Blade centering? Perfect. I thought the CF handles might be slick but, they have a non textured feel that's hard to explain. Just beautiful. Excellent and minimal jimping. Just the right places. The blade came superbly sharpened. I have only stropped minimally just to add a little something to the edge.
Tell you what, Benchmade is only getting better in my recent experiences. That knife company from CO seems to have some QC issues as I have sold the last 3 knives I've bought from them. Off center blades that can't be corrected. A blade lock that pinches your hand. I'm done with them. Benchmade's knives are coming out of the factory ready to go. Someone is paying attention there and this AXIS Stryker II is an example of that. It ticks off all the right boxes and might be their best yet.
This was my first KSF purchase and everything went wonderfully. Call me a satisfied customer who'll be back again and again.