I recently found myself in possession of some gift-cards to a local sporting goods store that has a decent selection of Benchmade knives. I selected a 551 for purchase. Inspected the knife and all seemed well. It was the last one they had and were closing so I hastily checked the knife for use and purchased it. Upon Further inspection the blade is not centered, it slightly rubs the handle scale and there is significant blade play side to side. I do not have blade play on any of my other BM axis folders. I took it to the retailer and was told all BM axis folders have blade play. I have owned several knives and know blade play is not a regular occurrence, especially with BM. I explained it to the associate that blade play is not acceptable She then said "here look at these." I did and to my shock, ALL OF THEIR AXIS LOCK FOLDERS HAD SIGNIFICANT BLADE PLAY! WHAT GIVES!? I will be sending mine in. They didn't have another 551 so I decided to keep mine. I know they can send it in for me but the hassle of going back to the store is enough to send it my self. Anyone else having issues with the griptilian line or any other axis locking model? Oh and I know I made the first mistake of not checking the blade, but it was the last one and there won't be any in stock for a long time according to the associate. I can use the knife not care of the centering or rubbing but I need to know if the blade play is widespread.