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Hey everyone,

We are very excited about this knife for a lot of reasons…

Our goal in making this knife was to produce a US-made, affordable workhorse knife that featured the same revered locking mechanism that Bill McHenry and Jason Williams created. This type of lock, which was patented and used only in Benchmade() and HK() knives for 20 years, has been time-tested by knife enthusiasts and others who have subjected them to all kinds of abuse on jobsites and on outdoor adventures for the 22 years it has been on the market.

The HK Axis (™) was consistently one of the most popular knives on Massdrop. Members consistently purchased hundreds of the full-size and mini versions (combined) every month, until it was discontinued late in 2016. Since then, I’ve been on a quest put a knife like this back in the hands of our members. At first, I tried to bring it back. When I learned that wasn’t possible, I set out to make something new and better and still affordable. I didn’t know how that would be possible at first, but then I met some willing partners who were just as excited about this idea.

First, we needed a US manufacturer who was willing to take on the project and able to execute the precision engineering and machining required to make a knife like this work - and not just work, but work well and reliably with every open and slice. Shane and Josiah at Millit Knives were fantastic partners on this project. They and their team of expert machinists spent many late nights at the shop milling stop pins, bending pocket clips, fitting springs, grinding blades, etc. Also they have the coolest shop dog I’ve met - but if you visit, be ready to throw the ball...a lot.

When we first approached Millit about the concept, we didn’t yet have a designer in mind. But, lucky for us, they were already collaborating with TJ on their Torrent model and had a good working relationship. It’s possible to make knives with designers and manufacturers who live in different countries and may not even speak the same language, but it sure is nice when they live miles away from each other and already share the same love for their work and speak the same design language. When Shane recommended TJ for the design, it was a no-brainer. That’s when things really got started.

TJ Schwarz is truly a pleasure to work with. He’s won awards for design innovation from a very young age, and been selected to design other knives by companies like Millit and CRKT. It was a privilege to have him as a partner, from the first sketch to the 3D-printed modeling, all the way through prototyping and filming his interview. Despite being incredibly talented, he’s also quite humble. During design revisions, he stuck to his design principles but listened with an open mind - we talked a lot about handle curvature and ergonomics, and how that affected the placement of the thumb stud. Ultimately, we had the prototype 3D-printed so we could evaluate it, which led to the slight lengthening of the inner curve to give pinky fingers, especially for those with larger hands, fit comfortably and grip firmly. I learned a lot, and we had fun spending time with him in Idaho to film the video you see on the page.

By joining this drop, you will also get to meet TJ and have a chance to ask him questions during a live Q&A that we’ll host in Apri. Also, TJ is going to hand-sign up to 1000 prints of his sketch of the Perpetua that we’ll mail to everyone while the production is underway.
Please note that final production versions will differ in some small but important ways from our prototype shown. The first and most significant is that the stop pin will be much shorter, so that it doesn’t protrude from the scales. It will also go through a tumbling process to soften the edges of each ‘tier’ so that it’s more comfortable in hand and in the pocket, but still easy to open. (photo below).

Community members also contributed to this knife’s refinement. We reached out to get feedback and, based on the comments, we made the following adjustments to the prototypes:

1) Increase the clearance between thumb stud and scale for easier opening
2) Soften the cuts on the jimping for a more comfortable thumb rest area
3) Increase blade length to maximum allowed within the handle

These were great suggestions. We appreciate this feedback, as well as TJ’s willingness to make the changes and Millit’s ability to execute them. THIS. This right here is what we are all about. Taking good stuff, making it better, asking the community how to make it great, finding awesome manufacturers to work with us and make them affordable. Sincere thanks and appreciation are due to everyone involved, and to you for making this possible!

Carry On -- Jonas
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Failure of the Axis-lock spring is NOT "pretty common." It is actually quite rare considering the number of Axis lock knives in existence. I have owned multiple Benchmades (close to 40 or so?) since the Axis lock first came out in 1999 and have never had a single spring break. Many of the folks who have springs break are admitted "flickers" who will flick their knives like some folks fidget with other items (or spin pencils in their fingers, or drum their fingers on a table, or play with fidget spinners incessantly...). Any spring will wear out over time, that that just speeds up the process.

That being said, there are some instances where the Omega spring has been seen with a shiny wear mark on the large radius, where it was rubbing against the inside of the scale, causing a weak point. The spring pocket wasn't cut deep enough which led to this. If Millit makes the spring pocket deep enough, then this will eliminate the other cause for the Omega spring failure.
That's brutal. My last purchase was a CKF/Hoback Kwaiback collab, that just squeaked by, due to the fact that the customs guard that I spoke to was a knife fan as well. I've spoken to my MP, and am waiting a response from the Minister responsible for issues such as this. I'm hoping that with enough feedback from the population, they will correct this obvious waste of time and money they've created with this new interpretation of the law.
Hello everyone! I thought I would start things off with a big thank you to Jonas and his team at Massdrop for his leadership throughout the grueling process of refining this knife. Absolutely could not have done it without you.

Various sketches, models, 3D prints, and prototypes have been bounced back and forth for quite some time between myself, Millit and the Massdrop team. What you see here is the culmination of perhaps a lot more work than most people realize. The goal for this knife was for the end consumer to have the feeling that we "Thought of Everything" - we really did try to.

I hope you all like the design and I can assure you that Millit will be flexing their muscles as one of the nations highest quality OEM knife manufacturers on this project.

Thanks again
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That’s a badass concept
Did you consider a deep carry clip?
I don't understand why the steel is being run so soft. Millit may have tested Nitro-V extensively, but if it really cant get it to perform well anywhere above 56HRC then they should stop and think for a second. Gavko runs his Thrashers at 61HRC and I haven't heard of any complaints. RMJ runs his fixies at 59-60 and those are fixed blades. The general consensus in the community is that Nitro-V is a fine grained steel that shines most with a harder HT and slicier geometry. Hopefully Millit will either reconsider their HT or take another look at which steel they choose if they are looking for a tough beater style knife.
Corrosion and wear resistance appear to be given priority over hardness. This allows the blade to be used hard over a very long time in challenging circumstances. Extremely hard blade steels are vulnerable to chipping and corrosion which can limit the life of a blade especially with a hollow grind that is thin at the edge. High blade hardness does not necessarily make for a good beater knife if damage limits the useful lifetime of the blade.
Wear resistance is a property directly related to how hard a blade steel is. If they wanted to design a knife that was tough and corrosion resistance, there's better choices than Nitro-V.
I wish knife makers who mill the scales to accommodate left and right hand pocket clips would include a filler tab for the side you're not using. Without it the handle looks unfinished to me. I don't have one but I believe Hinderer includes them on their knives.
Seiko or Citizen are also big company, how come they don't have any super high-end watches!? Or let's say we support the small startup get the MSRP$150 like Original Train / The 5th etc…for $99 on Massdrop with BS Quartz movement, can you call it a collection? Perhaps Chinatown watch display! What I've been saying is not about not trusting the smaller companies, it's more like after sale service, the reason I like Benchmade is simply because they do free sharpening for life! I like DIY projects I sharpen all my Kershaw, Spiderco, Chisels, Axes, Saws…but when I don't have to do something my self, why not?
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Yeah swiss made means basically nothing. Just years of good marketing.
In deed! There's a old Chinese saying, "瘸子里面拔将军“=”Pick a General out of bunch of cripples" so…go figure!
Does anyone know if this knife has any kind of blade assist?
It does not
I'd really love to see some jimping closer to the tip of the blade but that's a pipe dream I have for most "working" knives...
When is the delivery date please ?
For how much this is, why wouldn't I just buy a Griptillian? Especially since I'd get the life-sharp warranty with it. This just looks like a boring piece
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For the price of a Griptilian, you get:
Full steel liners instead of the Grip's partial liners
Full G10 scales instead of the Grip's hollow plastic handles (granted, it's really tough plastic, but still plastic)
Thicker blade for harder use.
The only thing the Griptilian has over this knife is the 154CM steel.

I am a Benchmade guy, though-and-through, but I don't care for the Grip series (owned several, sold each one). This one by TJ and Millit has piqued my interest since I can get a legal, ethically-produced Axis lock made in the USA (instead of a cheap Chinese copy that was a stolen design).
I see it like this:
Both this and the grip are gonna be light use knives for light to medium types of edc workloads. Probably not going to be doing anything extreme like batoning or prying with the tips. And for the price point, honestly I'd rather have a grip with the lifesharp warranty than the little extra things this might give over the grip.
I've had my grip for a while now, sent it in once or twice for routine tune-ups, the warranty and customer service I've had from BM has been worth it.

Granted, once you get to this price point, there's still better choices than both of these. Jump another 30 bucks up and you can get a spyderco manix 2, PM2 and 3, the lion steel mini moletta, 110 elite, all of which will have better steels, better construction, and will last much longer than either the grip or perpetua. And honestly those I just listed are way more interesting, be it the blade shape, handle, you get the idea.

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