Well friends, I was finally, after a almost a year of waiting, able to get my hands on the Benchmade Adamas Folder. While the knife was released last year, I am just now getting one in my hands. Needless to say, it is quite a piece of work.
I have always been a huge fan of the AXIS lock system. It is always good to have an ambidextrous locking system because of the many times when you are using a tool with your non-dominant hand. The AXIS lock is also strong and holds up incredibly well. The Adamas utilizes the AXIS in the manual as well the Auto version, which has the AXIS-Auto mechanism where the AXIS functions as both the firing switch and the lock mechanism.
The Adamas also has Benchmade's popular tactical drop-point blade made of D2 Tool Steel. D2 is a premium American steel that is often used on tools and fixed blade knives due to it's incredible toughness. This makes the Adamas a knife designed for tough, hard use and durability.
The handle is a G10 with a lanyard hole and a great feel, and is available in both black and tan. Another very cool thing about this knife is that it was designed, by Shane Sibert, as a tribute to the Army Rangers, The US Army's premier fighting force. For every one of these knives sold, Benchmade Knives donates some of the proceeds to the Ranger Assistance Foundation, which makes the manufacturer suggested $195 price tag a little easier to deal with. Although, to get a true Benchmade Folder with D2 that is a pretty good price, and I am sure you can find it for less.
Here is a look at the tan version: