Benchmade has discontinued the Stryker series and GPKnives has some pretty good prices on remaining stock. I picked up a 903 and 904.
Ah, so that's why I was able to pick mine up at about that price -- even at a gun store that's not known for it's bargains.
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I thought they discontinued the Stryker a couple years ago?
If they were assisted opening I'd buy one. Already have two that are, so getting another that isn't seems silly. Though mine aren't axis locks... Truth be told I'm not crazy about the axis lock.
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The Stryker has evolved through the years. My first was the 910, a non-assist liner lock, that I regret selling. I have a 913 and 906 (I think that's correct) which are assisted liner locks. I like them OK but I'm not crazy about assisted opening in general. My incoming Strykers will be my first versions with the Axis lock. I expect to like them because I'm an Axis fan in general.
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I liked the AXIS Stryker when I first got it, but never warmed up to it at all. The hump to accommodate the AXIS lock ruined it for me completely.
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My 903 arrived today. I made two orders so the the 904 should be here in a couple of days. My 913 is a large version of the assisted liner lock Stryker, the 906 is a small version. This 903 is the small version of the Axis Stryker and it is smaller than the 906. The 903's handle seems to pretty much be a mini version my of 915 Triage so I guess the large Axis Stryker is probably the same or close to the Triage.
I can see what folks are saying about the bump in the handle for the Axis lock. Benchmade put jimping on the handle behind the bump and jimping on the blade in front on it. If I hold the 903 to engage the jimping on the blade, the bump feels a bit intrusive on this small knife but to me it's really not a big deal. Of course, this is after handling it for five minutes. Prolonged use might yield different results. If I hold the knife to engage the jimping behind the bump it is comfortable.
The bump works very well for me on my 915 Triage (and 9170 auto Triage). It is positioned perfectly for thumb placement. These knives feature no jimping on the blade in front of the bump. Now I would kind of like to handle a large Axis Stryker to see how it compares to a Triage.
My 904 arrived today. Ironically (since I bought a discontinued knife), this is a "First Production" example. I planned to carry it but I think I'll squirrel it away. I've got too many others I enjoy carrying anyway.
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