Harnds Giant Silkworm 14C28N/G-10
TL;DR badass inexpensive axis locker. Smooth, balanced, ergonomic, and I love the trailing point. If Harnds isn't on your radar now's the time to fix that.
I've been aware of Harnds for a few years now when I picked up a couple knives; a mid sized, wicked, long thin folder called the Assassin, and a small knife called the Knight. The Assassin was flat out awesome in every respect once they put a clip on it, but in some ways the Knight garnered just as much of my attention -- because even though it used 8Cr steel and was a smallish pocket folder compared to the 14C28N and long lines of the Assassin, it was well and truly overbuilt. Thick liners, stout screws. The Knight has five different standoffs between the liners; that's about three more than you usually see, even on larger knives. I liked that and started paying attention to Harnds.
Cut to the present: they've started releasing a new lineup of knives over the last year that really shows they made it to the next level. The Wind's a nice, fast clean lined flipper; the Wolverine's a gorgeous, ergonomic beast with a lunging stance to it; the Beak's a lot like a Spyderco Dodo but with an axis lock and a longer blade; and just now they've released the Giant Silkworm, 90g and 7 3/4 inches of axis locking shank, 3 1/2 inches of which is the 14C28N Sandvik blade, available for under $40.
Thumb studs, jimping, ergonomic grip, reversible low profile pocket clip, lanyard hole, phosphor bronze washers, aaaaaaaaaaaaand oh, yeah, that blade I mentioned?
In a word, that's proper. Nice, proportionate choil and the trailing point's just bang on. I'm seeing more trailing point knives these days and this one, with the swedge, is a beaut. Great fidgeting blade, but more to the point (so to speak) it's quite sharp as well: it'll trim curls from the edge of a Post-It.
With the last series of releases I think Harnds has officially cemented that it's working with the same level of excellence SRM brings to the table with its budget lineup, and although Harnds models usually cost a few bucks more than a similarly size SRM model, that still places their lineup at a very attractive price point for what they offer you, and you are getting enhanced ergonomics and a better hand feel for the dough. So if you need a budget axis locker and have been hankering for a nice trailing point folder, the Giant Silkworm is your homeboy. I love the Land axis locker; I'd rather have this. Five star knife.