hint of an axis lock AFCK?

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As many of us well know there has been an outcry for an axis lock on the AFCK. There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not this will come to fruition. The most common theory seems to be that They can't put the axis lock on the AFCK because Spyderco isn't licensing the round hole to any more new knives. It is reported on the Benchmade forum that Benchmade is going to start using an oval hole on the AFCK this year. Could this be a sign that Benchmade has heard our cries and may give us an axis lock on the AFCK? We all know that it would undoubtedly be a big seller. It looks like Bencchmade could capitalize on the opportunity.

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Dennis,
I don't know if you can call this a hint or not. I had emailed BMST about an Axis AFCK, and Travis sent me a short response. The gist of it was "We are listening-stay tuned".
Maybe, just maybe....

Benchmade has shown that they listen to their customers, but how much impact the few who post on the forum make I do not know, since we are probably not typical. Here's to hoping.
 

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Absolutely. I just figured that the only reason to change from the already licensed round hole to something else would be plans of changing the knife. That could mean different blade shapes or a different locking mechanism. Lets keep our fingers crossed.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by shootist16:
Absolutely. I just figured that the only reason to change from the already licensed round hole to something else would be plans of changing the knife.
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Or, the license only lasted for a set amount of time, which is about up. HOpefully your explanation is the right one, though!

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C'mon guys. You're gettin' my hopes up only to be DASHED.
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Next thing you'll be telling me is that they will make a flat ground sebenza with a spydie hole...
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Well, they've already used a different blade shape (tanto), blade material (M2), finish (BT2), and handle material (Al). Seems like the lock is all that's left.
I really like my new 710, and would be happy if they just put the AFCK handle on that. I much prefer the hole to the thumbstuds, though.

Just saw Joe Talmadge's post. Hadn't thought about the license running out. Spoilsport!

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Good point Joe. I hope that isn't the case. An axis lock AFCK and an upgraded Wegner are two knives that I am really hoping to see.

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Oh man, that'd be something I'd really love to see. (read: have)

A mini AFCK in M2 with an Axis lock. Mmm, Mmm, good.

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The Benchmade company that we see today is very much the company that was made by the AFCK. In a market that is almost as fickle as woman's shoes, the AFCK sells strongly year after year after year. My guess is that BM will be cautious about any changes.

The big problem I see with an Axis lock AFCK is the tip-down carry that the AFCK has always had and that dedicated AFCK uses like myself would insist on in any new AFCK.


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Its time to get rid of that damn weak spot in the blade some people call a hole! Double sided thumb studs will do nicely. -Brian
 

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Dennis,

I had exactly the same thought about the Axis lock when I saw the oval hole post. Joe's post makes me wonder, Maybe the license is running out, so rather than completely dropping the model they are redesigning the whole (hole?) thing, changing the hole shape, and adding the Axis lock at the same time.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by MNH:
Dennis,

...rather than completely dropping the model they are redesigning the whole (hole?) thing, changing the hole shape, and adding the Axis lock at the same time.
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Wouldn't hurt my feelings any. Although the round hole rulz.



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Count me in for 2! 1 Mini in M2 and a full sized in M2!

No more scraping the blade on the liners! Woo Hoo!

I wanted an Axis lock, small (705) in M2, this would be even better!

M2 is a killer steel! Love it to bits, holds an edge far longer for me than ATS-34, don`t know why it just does.

W.A.

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The AFCK has always been one of my favorite knives. I'd like to see it with the Axis lock, not because I have a problem with the liners (the two AFCKs I have are pretty solid), but because of the possibility of an ambidextrous clip (I'm a southpaw).
BTW, the hole is one of thew main reasons why I like that knife, and I'm sure I'm not alone.
As for tip up or down, I've carryed both and I know I can adapt without any problems, with a little training. I don't like to constantly change between one and the other, though - might complicate things in case you need a quick emergency draw.

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Leo Daher

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