The AXIS Striker family of folding knives has been a successful line for Benchmade. The knives are made in a wide range of blade styles and opening types. Now the company is offering a limited edition version of the knife that kicks things up to the next level.
The AXIS Stryker II is a Gold Class knife that offers a number of desirable features. The blade is an Odin Heim patterned Damasteel (58-60 HRC.) Measuring 3.57″ long, the blade has a drop point with a plain edge. It measures 0.124″ thick. The knife uses a manual opening AXIS mechanism.
For the handle, Benchmade went with a red and black carbon fiber material with anodized red hardware accents. Red hardware accents include the pivot ring and barrel spacers. The stainless steel liners have a black oxide finish. The handle is just over one-half of an inch thick. It has a reversible, deep carry pocket clip that aligns the blade with the tip up.
Closed, the knife is 4.72″ long. When opened, it measures a total of 8.29″ long. The knife weighs 4.67 ounces.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $600. Although Benchmade lists this as an “every day use” knife, I think I would probably keep this one for the fancy barbecues and carry a $20 Kershaw for my knock around tool.