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

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by ipwn3r456, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. ipwn3r456


    Sep 2, 2013
    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?
  2. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    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.
  3. BadComrade


    Dec 29, 2017
    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.
  4. cashville

    cashville Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 12, 2017
    +1 this is pretty normal for new Benchmades but they seem to break in pretty quickly for the most part.
  5. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    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
  6. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    Jan 25, 2013
    As already stated they should break in pretty quickly. Adding oil is not necessary.
  7. luke86


    Mar 29, 2015
    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.
  8. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    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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  9. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    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.
  10. Darkera


    Oct 22, 2016
    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.
  11. Yakkiebush

    Yakkiebush Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    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:
  12. ackpublius76


    Feb 12, 2016
    Sometimes at first there is a some stick you just have to break it in and it will go away.
  13. Darkera


    Oct 22, 2016
    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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  14. Scott321


    Jul 20, 2016
    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.
  15. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    Yup my 551-1 broke in after a couple days of flipping it open and closing it. Great knife
  16. Darkera


    Oct 22, 2016
    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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