The Presidio II 570-1 teaches an old dog new tricks. Replacing the heavy and somewhat too smooth aluminum handle of the original Presidio with the CF Elite, a Carbon fiber based composite, gives this knife a new life. The handle is very grippy but not so much it's going to tear through your pants or hands. It has a great feel in the hand, light weight but super sturdy, all the rigidity of the aluminum handles and a lot less weight. It comes stock with Benchmade's deep carry clip, so it carries discretely but is easy to deploy due to the excellent purchase you can get on the handle. The Presidio 2 is a full size folder, excellent for someone who is looking to handle bigger jobs, has big hands, or just wants more. For the size of the knife it really maintains a lightweight without sacrificing any strength or rigidity. The flatness of the scales makes it very comfortable to carry in front or back pocket and even in the waistband. Good ergonomics make it form to that hand giving a secure grip to meet even the hardest of cuts. S30V blade will give you an excellent sharp edge and edge retention while giving a high level of corrosion resistance. If you want a lightweight, sturdy, ambidextrous, edge holding knife all made in the USA add this to your list.
For those who aren't familiar with Benchmade's AXIS lock system here are a few things about it. The mechanism is designed to simply hold the knife securely in the open position when the blade is deployed and keeps the blade closed when the blade is folded. The biggest advantages of the AXIS system are its incredible strength while holding the blade open keeping the operator safe from edges folding on their fingers, ease of operation, and being ambidextrous standard. If you are a lefty this makes the AXIS lock really shine but even if you aren't the ability to open and close your knife easily with your nondominant hand is a great feature.
BLADE LENGTH 3.72in [9.45cm]
BLADE THICKNESS 0.124in [3.150mm]
OPEN 8.72in [22.15cm]
CLOSED 5.0in [12.70cm]
WEIGHT 4.97oz [140.90g]
HANDLE THICKNESS 0.63in [16.00mm]
Blade Steel-CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC)
Clip Position-Reversible Tip-Up
Use-Every Day, Tactical
Blade StylePlain Drop-Point
Handle Material & Blade Finish: Finish Satin Blade Steel: CPM-S30V (58-60) Handle Material: CF Elite