Axis lock stuck when flicking the 940-1, normal?

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Hey guys/gals,

Been playing with my 940-1 for a while now, everything seems to work fine, but whenever i flick the knife open, it takes a bit of force to pull the lock back to close the knife, as it's kind of stuck. It doesn't happen when I open the knife slowly using the thumb studs, or when I swing the knife open. Is this normal?
 
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Hi, I’m not an expert with Benchmade knives, I actually just received my first one in the mail a couple hours ago, a 551-1. Im much more firmiliar with ZTs, but I noticed the same exact thing you are describing. The harder I opened the knife, the harder it was to close it using the “axis” system. I just put a drop of lube in the pivot and on the part where the lock touches the blade and it seems like the more I flick it open, the more it breaks in. I’m totally new to these knives tho, and this does seem like a weak-point for what is otherwise a fantastic knife. Hopefully someone more familiar with benchmades will chime in here.
 
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That's pretty normal with an Axis lock knife. I had the same issue with a BM 590 Boost I had (this knife is spring assisted so it shoots out with force). Keep working it. A few hundred flicks should get it to stop doing that. Maybe add a little bit of lubrication to it as well.
 

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+1 this is pretty normal for new Benchmades but they seem to break in pretty quickly for the most part.
 
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Thanks, guess I’ll just keep flipping it open all afternoon (was probly gonna do that anyway) lmao....the more I handle this knife the more I like it
 

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As already stated they should break in pretty quickly. Adding oil is not necessary.
 
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It may or may not break in. Depending on how bad it is it may never break in. I've had some that did this. A bugout most recently. If you aren't happy with it send it in and ask them to correct it.
 
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At least it would seem that it would be locked open well! I’ve never minded a liner, frame or axis lock that had a bit of stick as it meant was secure for using it. Example i had a cqc7 with lock stick but like I said even though it’s different it wasn’t gonna slip
 
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I wanted to double check my -1 before chiming in. Mine had noticeable stick when I bought it, but there is no stick at all now. I never took it apart or did anything special to it.
It has a super solid lock up.
 
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I've noticed this a few weeks ago with my 1-year-old+ Foray. It can stick really hard, where it takes a good effort to push the lock back. I think it needs a cleaning but I've been tempted to post about this for the last couple weeks, because even a moderate flick can cause this lock-up.
 
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My foray opens and shuts better than any benchmade I own .
Awesome knife.very underestimated.
To bad about the one you have.
Keep playing with it.:thumbsup:
 
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My foray opens and shuts better than any benchmade I own .
Awesome knife.very underestimated.
To bad about the one you have.
Keep playing with it.:thumbsup:
The Foray is one of my favorite knives, it's been in my pocket almost everyday since May 2017. Besides sharpening, honing, and cleaning the blade I haven't done any cleaning or lubricating, so maybe that is the issue with the lock-up.

It definitely seems to be an underrated knife, I don't read much about it at all, which is a shame because it really is a great knife.
 
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Many of my BM's had this when new. If you wrist flick while opening when newer it really exacerbates this. After a couple of weeks of use it breaks in and disappears.
 
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I've noticed this a few weeks ago with my 1-year-old+ Foray. It can stick really hard, where it takes a good effort to push the lock back. I think it needs a cleaning but I've been tempted to post about this for the last couple weeks, because even a moderate flick can cause this lock-up.
Just an unnecessary update that last night I finally got around to fixing this. All I did was blast the knife with compressed air, swab the lock bar with a q-tip (I noticed some minor grime there), then lubricate the pivot and bar with a tiny bit of CRK lube. Feels like a brand new knife! No more lock-up whatsoever even after a few very hard flicks. I think the bar just needed to be cleaned and some slight lubrication. This knife is so smooth now... I try not to be a flicker but I've been indulging today, it's hard not to.
 
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