I'm a big fan of Benchmade knives, I own 3 (2 Grips and an Axis flipper) I just have one complaint and one very reasonable suggestion: Complaint: The black coating, BK1, used on coated blade models really, well, sucks. It is basically a fancy paint, not all that durable and has a texture that seems to cause it to 'hang up' on cutting media much more than is desirable. One of my Grips is the D2 model, which benefits from the protection, but I have has many small chips and spots in the coating develop through use that I don't think is all that hard and shouldn't cause all that much wear. Suggestion: Start using DLC as the blade coating. At the price point that the brand sits, most coated blades are DLC or similar. DLC is vastly superior to any painted on coating, has a matte finish and is extremely durable. I think it's pretty lacking of Benchmade to be using a cheaper, lower quality coating when $60 Kershaws use the superior DLC. Just my opinion, I would be thrilled if they started using DLC or even TiNi rather than paint.