Benchmade is a awesome company and Les de Asis is a great guy!
When it comes to the man's character and his knife sense, I put him in the same league as Al Mar!
I have a Mini-Grip & love it! Benchmade's 154CM holds an edge much better than my Spyderco Endura with VG-10 steel. IMO it is one of the top 3 or 4 knife steels for the way I use my knives.
The Axis Lock is in a league by itself. I think it is my favorite knife locking system!
Next I want to try a Benchmade 710 with CPM D2 steel.