HELLO FOLKS, i just read the post about benchmades warranty service, i'd like to know, what is worst benchmades knife you've gotten, was it really in bad condition as soon as you took it out from the box. Let me say this, Benchmade knives are very good, in my opinion, they are probly my favorite knife company, because I love there designs, among my favs, AFCK, Axis, and Pinnacle. I have several benchmades and gotta say, benchmades are not microtech, microtech is perfect, perfect in grind lines, and very close tolerances, but i HATE them now, in my opinion the Socom m/a is just for show, i've had many socoms fail terribly, so have my friends, none of my benchmades ever failed, i agree benchmades are not made with the best fit and finish, the G-10 is often sloppy, there are visable mis grinds on the liners, and all over sometimes, not everything is straight, the screws often strip, but never once did one fail on me, maybe ya'll are being way to Finicky about fit and finish, and not fuction, the function on these pupps are awesome. I agree you should get what you pay for, well, nothings perfect, NOTHING. I use my benchmades for self-defense and utility, i trust my life on my AFCK sometimes, it will never fail me, but it does have slight mis-grinds, who cares, buy a Microtech then, make sure you get plenty of Ace bandages for your fingers though I mean, you must respect Benchmade for there hard work, sure there are hits and misses, but the misses will never fail, i'll take a miss knife rather than a socom, no kidding. Over about 50 benchmades went through my hands over i'd say the past 3-5 years, none have failed the spine whack test-please dont make me name em all. Oh yea, i dont send my knives back to warranty that much, but i did a couple times years back. The first was a model 970plain edge, the assemble screws stripped out and i wanted it fixed, at that time they were being dis continued, I spoke to Angie, and she sent me a 910 stryker for replacement, i'm much happier wit the 910. The next, and last was a model 830 ascent-early models, the spring for the lock was so weak, they sent me back a newer type spring that was solid, and replaced the whole handle, ah, i liked it, but wound up giving it away, i just hate that model, oh, i got it for a gift, i really didnt want it, but ah, i took it. Ok, thats it for me, i am what you would call mechanically inclined, and was takin my tonka trucks and radio apart when i was 8 years old, all my life i've been takin things apart, that how i musta got good at fixen my own benchmades, oops, so i voided the warrany, so what, i bought the damn knife, i'm gonna do what the hell i want to do with it, well, give me youre experiances with em, the knives, where they really in bad shape, or are just to Finicky about something being perfect.