Just wanted to share some info on the BM 710.
I originally got one from my brother for my 17th birthday about 11 years ago. I have been carrying a knife daily since the age of 8 (I grew up on a hobby farm in North Texas). I was used to carrying CRKT, Buck, and Spyderco before this. But, the 710 quickly became my favorite knife. The axis lock is amazingly smooth. I have handled friends' stilletos and I prefer the axis lock over any of the auto assist openers. It opens and closes surprisingly fast with one hand.
The original 710 I had was lost one winter night while sleeping in a snow shelter in January in Minnesota. I returned to the shelter site in the spring and miraculously found the knife shining in the sun light after the snow melted. About two years later I lost the knife once again due to what I think was a loose pocket clip.
I had a hard time finding a 710 at the time (they were on backorder from the factory), so I purchased a 940 which I loved. After a few more years That knife fell out of my pocket while riding a motorcycle. I then bought a mini-griptillian which I have used to four years. But, I was not impressed with the overall quality of the griptillian, so I recently ordered a 710 from one of the few BM dealers in the state.
In my opinion, this is the best pocket folder ever made. I have used many different high end folders in the past, but none of them come close to the reliability, feel, and qualitiy of this knife. The D2 steel holds an edge for a very long period making it ideal for rough use and daily carry.
If anyone is considering this knife, I highly recommend biting the bullet and getting your hands on one. It is a bit spendy, but you get what you pay for. Thanks.
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