It's nice having some in hand evidence of the reliability. Hey guys, i really want to buy a benchmade bugout, mini grip or a 940 but after seeing a quite a few people having problems with broken omega springs i am not so sure if i still want to buy one. I also don’t use them for fidget toys. Steel strings are good at bending on guitar so it makes sense that would work well for an omega spring - whether that is the reason I feel this works better or not, I’m not sure of. The biggest difference I noticed was that the blade didn't snap back closed like axis locks do. Could be that I don’t keep it clean enough and it gums up the spring and these failures were due to that, but I personally want a tool that I don’t have to baby so much. How to disassemble and maintain the Kershaw Leek SpeedSafe Pocketknife - … AR15.COM is the world’s largest firearm community and is a gathering place for firearm enthusiasts of all types. [ARCHIVED THREAD] - So I broke the omega spring in my Benchmade Bugout and now I don't trust it. Yeah I'd expect far better reliability for that price. It took about the same amount of force to shake it out with one spring that it did with two. The blade retention when closed is a little weaker. 5:05. I thought I'd give any of you afraid that the axis lock is failure waiting to happen due to the springs some peace of mind. If I fling the knife downwards with all of the force I can give it and then stop, the blade will come free so it is definitely a little looser. In fact, my EDC is a 707 that I've had since that model came out (2005). Went back to a frame lock kershaw blur and it goes everywhere with me, use it constantly and have no worries of it breaking. So my question is; how often does it really happen and if it happens is it because of poor quality or is it abuse from the owner? I just sent a non-axis lock knife in to Spyderco to have fixed, it's not like knives don't sometimes need repairs, whatever their type. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. I wonder if that has anything to do with the springs breaking. Neither of us have experienced a single issue with any of our benchmades, including omega springs breaking. This one was in bad shape when I got it and I was pretty close to sending it to Benchmade to do the work but then I saw a YouTube video of a guy who made his omega spring so I decided to give it a go. Flat-ground CPM S30V stainless steel blade with a plain (PlainEdge) cutting edge. I don’t think that helps. I swore off BM's when I broke an Omega spring in my Griptillian and they refused to send me a replacement. I love loving them - it is so satisfying. However, I wouldn't carry a light knife into the woods if I could help it. All Rights Reserved. I agree that benchmade should have the option to send you spare springs like Kershaw does with their torsion bars. I would own a lot more axis locks if I could just buy a bag of omega springs. I sent it back last year and they sharpened and reshaped the broken tip and I think replaced the handle. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. Copyright © 1996-2020 AR15.COM LLC. Abused more than a Tijuana donkey. While I’ve never needed BM’s customer service (aside from deep carry clips), it would be covered if I had an issue. ... i have a 530 Pardue pre-production that I have beat on for years every day and have never had a failure. Yes, if I had known the spring on a Benchmade was fragile, I would have taken care not to open too many times in the last 9 months. AR15.Com reserves the right to overwrite or replace any affiliate, commercial, or monetizable links, posted by users, with our own. From hunters and military members, to competition shooters and general firearm enthusiasts, we welcome anyone who values and respects the way of the firearm. If BM had just politely told them no, then almost no one would no how they tend to lean. Omega spring failure on benchmade's axis lock. Also the main reason it now lives in a junk drawer. I have a bunch of Benchmade axis lock knives and I've used them a bunch without ever having issues with this, but if a spring breaks I'll just get it fixed. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. Not too big but not too small. IF you email or call benchmade they might just send you some on the house. I've killed two kershaw's assisted open springs... never killed a benchmade, I carry an auto daily, but hunting or in the mountains- serious uses a fixed blade is ideal. I wonder if that has anything to do with the springs breaking. When I want a switchblade, I look at Protech first. I've always had confidence in the axis lock. Heard how nice they were, so finally picked one up. Omega springs SUCK! lol All springs will eventually fail. I had the same problem, twice. I'm not sure if it would rate, "known issue", but some folks seem to have unusually poor luck with some of the Axis Benchmades as it's been discussed occasionally on the knife forums. Benchmade Omega Spring Failure and Failure and Failure - Duration: 5:05. Made in the USA. Thanks for all the comments, knowing how good their warranty is i will order one and if it does fail i guess i will just call them. Oh, I forgot to add that the blade on this is s90v. lol so you worked a spring a billion times to the point of failure and you think the knife is the problem? Overall Length 8.03 inch, Improved, patented Ball Bearing Lock provides extreme strength and smooth, ambidextrous operation. I have carried a 2550 for years and never had a problem. The Axis lock is an evolved version of the “bolt action” lock, and works by having an “Omega spring” (a sort of constant force spring made of round wire rather than flat steel) push a bar that is suspended by studs on either side of the handle behind the blade tang and therefore wedge it open. Who the hell bought me this Gold Star? 40knIves 993 views. I have seen it recommended that people do both to keep things evened out. ". check out the. I probably won’t by another axis lock knife. Granted there are thousands of them out there in service. The axis lock requires just a little less pressure to move, and that puts it also above the 950bk for me. The omega springs that keep the axis lock in place have fatigued after 6 months of use and the knife no longer locks open. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I don't see how you possibly broke one and "bent" the other on an axis knife that new. Perhaps it's a quality control issue? 2) is what makes me say that it is the best though, and this is more subjective. What steel is this beauty in? Not only is it a relatively infrequent problem, but: The knives still operate properly on one spring, and you can send it in and have it fixed when you notice you're one down, Even if you end up stranded in the wilderness and somehow manage to break both springs on your axis knife, you can jam anything in behind the axis pin when it's in the forward position, a twig, a rolled up piece of paper, etc--it's not like there is much force ever pushing it back, even if the knife is being used hard (the force that pin face when something is trying to close the knife is pushing up at the pin towards the top of the knife, not back). John Wayne, I had always wanted a benchmade. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Though if you want max fidget potential and a switchblade then you need a Microtech Ultratech OTF. Shame on you benchmade.No knock on you OP, great job and good info for 940 owners who want to try this to improver their knives. I'm not sure if that originated from Benchmade or from users but people have discussed it here. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober however they choose." Buy one and enjoy it! To your point: This is just anecdotal, but I feel like the omega spring complaints ramped up "coincidentally" around the backlash period. Omega springs on auto-axis knives are best done be benchmade as the autoaxis mechanism can be very difficult, if not impossible, to reassemble without special tools/jigs. It has never been smooth as I would like and I kept it oiled but I constantly flicked it, trying to get it smoother and it was SO f'ing smooth for about the last two weeks. I'm probably going to replace the blade one day. AR15.Com reserves the right to overwrite or replace any affiliate, commercial, or monetizable links, posted by users, with our own. Friend of mine had a spring break in the same knife twice, I don't trust them after seeing that. Oldest is a prototype 710 (from 1998). Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. When the axis lock is … Who makes a good switchblade for a lefty? Compare that with the number of titanium framelocks I've seen slip or deform the locking face causing a failure in person, and I have a lot more confidence in an axis lock. Carried a grip for a few years straight and never had one fail. Benchmade should really start making more knives that stray away from that lock. They do have a nice warranty policy, so I would send it to them and have it fixed. I got the last one they had and it is shipping today. It certainly has been mentioned by some users. I make the omega springs no problem.