Been a Bench made fan since the very early 90s, my first 2 BMs were the AFO and the Mini Reflex both bought in Oregon while on business, I found out it was legal to buy there and I wanted a quality auto instead of the cheap pick locks I had. I still have them both, they're the only 2 autos I have from BM, one of these days I'd like to get a few of the older autos that you could only get from them back then.
Not to long after I was back teaching a class and I had the opportunity to go to a Cutlery Shoppe B&M and brought home the 730 Ares with the new Axis lock home on the plane with me. Nearly 20 years later the last BMW I bought was a full size Griptillian, I had to try one after all the hype, first thing I did was sand down that aggressive checkering to save my pockets. After that It's everything they said, substantially less $ than the 730 Ares but a great pattern.
My Old Man told me when I was a kid, "You can spend your entire life convincing someone how smart you are but it only takes a second to prove you're an idiot."....................You can call me Ted.