AXIS Locking System
A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100-percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar which rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spanning the liners and positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar it's inertia to engage the knife tang, and as a result the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.
A clip point is technically a variant of a drop point. Instead of a Òslow convex-curveÓ to lower the point; the profile is ÒclippedÓ to bring the point down. Sometimes a concave curve will be referred to as a Òclipped pointÓ. This is usually associated with bowie styles.