Hi, Howie. I have been looking at an Axis, but have been put off by reports that BM's heat treatment of its blades leaves something to be desired. I read that they have a tendency to chip, being hardened to too brittle a stage. I have a REKAT Carnivour that has the same ATS34 steel in its blade, but hardened to a lower Rockwell number and I love it. I asked bcurran in his post about buying an Axis whay he chose one, given these reports. I am anxious to see what he says.
Sal Glesser announced in the Spyderco forum that they had just reached agreement with Bob Taylor of REKAT to license the rolling lock. He mentioned the Military, the Military Jr., and the StarMate. He sasid that deliveries should start in early Y2K.
As for the Carnivour, my guess is that the RC is in the high 50s, but I am not certain. You may wish to post in the REKAT forum and ask Bob Taylor what the RC is.
Both the Axis benchmades and REKATs are good. Although the Benchmades are smoother, you better examine one well to make sure the blade is not hitting the spacer. As for REKATs, the finish often leaves something to be desired. They are rough looking knives, also REKATs are quite large and heavy, Benchmades are truer "pocket knives".
I have both the 710 Axis and a Pioneer.The Axis is super smooth and dependable.The blade came with a bogus edge and took some time to reprofile.The Axis has a very comfortable handle.The REKAT is not nearly as smooth to open,but is dependable.I got the tanto blade and it came with a good edge.The pioneer is smaller but feels very stout and tough.Rekat's ATS-34 will perform better.It seems to hold a better edge and does'nt rust as easy as BM's.For everyday work,I grab my pioneer because it is a heavy duty folder and thats what I want in a knife.The Mel Pardue Axis lock looks and feels pretty tough with its aluminum handles.You may want to check that one out before the mini-Axis.
You are really looking at a lot of options blade and size wise. Both locks are now being offered on a number of models, with more to come from Spy(!) next year, so let your preferences in size, blade style and handle materiel be your guide.
I am still waiting on the BM720 to try the Axis myself. My impression of the REKAT offerings is that they are heavy, tough knives designed not to let you down. They are by no means a pocket knife, but the Pioneer is a good solid hand tool. The Carnivour is just a big, nasty piece of work, if that what you are looking for.
I will reserve judgement on the locking mechanisms until time and use have been factored in.
Hi! I have a Rekat P.Hobbit and it is a true "BRUTE" (that's how i would put it) knife. I'm in my mid 20's and legal matters of carrying are of trivial question. The reason why i'm carrying a "Tank" is because i often work till VERY late (or should i say EARLY next day) at night and i need a "Monster" to protect my you know what from getting kicked! But if you are looking for a utility knife, a BM would do just fine. Not that the P.Hobbit would not perform utility task but i don't think it would be a good idea to pull it out on broad day light!