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FAQ: "I just received a new AXIS lock Benchmade and the lock sticks when disengaging, should I send it back for warranty repair?"

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Question: "I just received a new AXIS lock Benchmade and the lock “sticks” a little when disengaging, should I send it back to Benchmade for warranty repair?"

So you just received a new AXIS lock folding knife and it sticks? Don't worry! Like most new mechanical tools, new knives may require a “breaking-in period” for the surfaces to polish together and in turn, become smooth. The AXIS lock is engaged by tension provided from an omega-shaped spring, which slides the lock bar forward, between the tang of the blade and the handle. 

These surfaces coming into contact for the first time can exhibit a pronounced “stickiness” when being disengaged. This is easily be remedied by opening the knife repeatedly, allowing the bar and blade to contact each other. Over a short period of time, the repeated contact will smooth the surfaces and allow the contact points to soften against each other. In no time your knife will be buttery smooth!

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