Hey people, this will probly start a flame war, but sorry, THE TRUTH HURTS, i have an old socom, and a new socom-1month old, both fail the spine whack test about 80% of the tim, thats 8 out of 10, no good. I depend on my folders, and fixed blades to save my damn life, the socom just dont cut it. Heres why the socom always fails, the reason, A Stainless Steel liner/leaf lock. I gaurentee you if the lock was of titanium, it would never, ever fail, like all my benchmades, i have many knife collectin friends, ans all there m/a socoms fail big time. In short, the socom sucks for a fighter, but is ok for the non-serious knife user.