Paid: $250 (PX)
One of my friends bought this and had me sharpen it for him. This is Benchmade's first and only OTF released in 2006. The handle felt pretty solid in my hand, giving me a good first impression. Maybe just a tiny bit smaller than I'd like, but not by much. The scales provided good grip both forward and back. I played with the switch, which had nice tension and slid well in the tracks without much play. The blade extends and retracts very quickly, and will not puncture durable cloth if obstructed before full extension. It can puncture thinner cloth, like a pocket lining. Benchade raved about the 3 point retention system for amazing lockup. I was a little disappointed. It had free play both side to side and up and down, which didn't feel like a loose blade, but was enough that I would consider it unacceptable. If you waved the knife in the air, it wasn't that noticeable, but as soon as you start cutting, you feel it. Microtech lockups are much better (and MSRP isn't much more?). The blade is composed of D2 tool steel. It took an edge nicely, but I personally prefer 154CM. It does hold up to the quality of other BM knives. The balance was good, but could have used a little more weight on the blade side, or a little less on the hilt...probably due to the mechanism in the hilt for opening. Wasn't enough to bother me, but it's my review and I can be as picky as I want.
Overall, there isn't much usefulness for the blade, as it is pretty thin and has a small profile. I wouldn't say it's worth the MSRP, or even the paid price. It has some cool factor, but you can get a higher quality OTF in the same price range. I'm usually a big fan of Benchmade, but this one gets a from me.