Benchmade Stryker II Axis Knife Review

Benchmade 908 Stryker II
Benchmade 908 Stryker II AXIS Knife

The Benchmade Drop Point Stryker II AXIS knife features black textured G10 handle scales and a 154CM stainless steel blade.  Even more notable is the addition of the AXIS® locking mechanism, taking a great knife to even greater heights.

The 908 series feature drop point blades of 154CM stainless steel.  Long coveted as a superior knife blade steel, 154CM is an American made premium grade stainless steel.  It was designed specifically for tough industrial applications.  It serves as one of the all time classic blade steels because it offers one of the best blends of the Big Three in blade steels–namely, corrosion resistance, toughness and edge quality.  Since 154CM gives such a great blend of these three characteristics, you will notice most of the top knife manufacturers use it in their heavy duty, all purpose knives.

The drop point tip of the Stryker II gives you the all time classic blade shape that excels at everyday cutting tasks.  Specifically, because the point is slightly below (dropped) from where you would find the tip of most other blade styles, you get greater tip control.  The large belly gives you serious slicing power.  

Back of Benchmade 908
Back of Benchmade 908 Stryker II Knife

The blade locks open with the AXIS® locking mechanism.  If you have never had the pleasure of using an AXIS knife, here are the basics of the system.  A patented system that only Benchmade offers, the AXIS® has at its core a small, hardened steel bar which rides along a slot that is machined into both steel liners.  The bar extends out just beyond the handle scales.  When you pull on the bar, you engage a pair of omega springs that are connected to the liners.  When the blade is fully opened, the steel bar engages and locks the blade right on the tang.  The tang is thus wedged between the AXIS® bar and a stop pin.  This makes the blade virtually fail proof–giving your knife blade the strength you need and demand in a heavy use everday carry knife.

The handle scales are black G-10.  With a heavy texture pattern, these scales give you serious grip.  A few decorative grooves run stylistically down the length of the handle.  The shallow grooves add visual appeal and a bit of texture for grip.  The handle features a shallow finger groove where the thumb studs rest when the knife blade is closed.  The finger groove has an extended groove up into the G-10 scales for forefinger positioning when holding the knife in a classic forward grip.  The rest of the inside edge of the handle is a very shallow curve for your middle two fingers.  At the end of the handle, the edge jogs down just a bit and there is a short 5/8″ flat spot for your pinkie finger to rest.  When the knife is held in a reverse grip, this flat spot becomes the perfect control point for your forefinger.

Stainless steel, reversible, tip up pocket clip.

Well designed for heavy daily use in an urban setting as well as tactical situations, the Stryker II offers you a solid, premium stainless steel blade, a comfortable, easy to control grip, and a price that works for all.  Throw in the limited lifetime warranty from Benchmade as well as their spectacular LifeSharp program and you have a knife worth investing in.  Get serious about your daily carry, get a Stryker II AXIS®.

SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Blade Length: 3.57″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.124″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.470″
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point, Plain Edge
  • Weight: 4.38oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Reversible, Black, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.29″
  • Closed Length: 4.72″
  • Sheath Material: Sold Separately
  • Class: Black
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Benchmade 909SBK Stryker II Knife Review

Benchmade 909SBK Stryker II
Benchmade 909SBK Stryker II — folder knife built for heavy use.

The Benchmade Stryker series just got a new member–and the 909 is definitely a knife to be reckoned with.  A tactical folder built for the real world, the Stryker II features a tanto blade that locks up with the AXIS locking mechanism.  Textured G-10 handle scales provide a comfortable and secure grip.  The reversible (right/left) tip up pocket clip allows for flexible carry options.  And most of all, it performs.

The 154CM stainless steel blade has a black tactical finish on this model.  You can pick it up with a satin finish if you prefer.  Also available with a standard edge instead of the part serrated if that is the direction you lean.  The blade is just over 3 1/2″ which makes it perfect for heavy, every day use applications.  Whether you have some serious work to be done on deployment or just have a couple boxes that need to be opened, this blade will get the job done.  The 154CM stainless steel will give you a great edge that lasts.  It will also be relatively easy to maintain.  You open the knife with the thumb studs.  It locks open with the extremely dependable AXIS locking mechanism.  If you have never used a knife with the AXIS system–you are in for a treat.  Very secure, very simple, and truly ambidextrous.

The handle is built with textured black G10 scales on skeletonized stainless steel liners.  The handle is open construction with just the blade pivot screw, the AXIS lock and two barrel spacers between the two liners.  This reduces weight and has the extra advantage of making the 909 extremely easy to keep clean.  The liners have jimping while the G10 scales do not–which gives a unique jimping pattern that offers texture in the right places while at the same time being low key about it.  The G10 scales are beveled in all the right places for a very comfortable grip.  A lanyard hole offers alternate carry.

This instant classic folder knife is perfect for heavy use whether you operate in a tactical world or a world of glass and steel.  Check out the new Benchmade 909 Stryker II knives on our website here.  Let me know what you think down in the comment section.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade Length: 3.57″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.124″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.470″
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Weight: 4.38oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Reversible, Black, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.29″
  • Closed Length: 4.72″
  • Sheath Material: Sold Separately
  • Class: Black
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