Well, the bug has bitten again. I was at a local outdoors equipment store, handling the knives-they carry meager spyderco assortment, but they had just begun carrying Benchmade products, and I handled the axis lock for the first time. I also handled the Stryker, and was similiarly impressed. My curiosity smitten, I resolved to find out as much as I could about the whole line, for I just know one of 'em is next on my list...So if anyone has any info to offer about the axis lock, or the strength and durability of their liner locks, or any suggestions for a smallish (around four inches closed) benchmade folder, that'll last forever (cause $130 or so is alot of money for me...)i'd appreciate it. Thanks!