-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
I purchased my 710SBT in 1999 when they were first introduced. It has the original ATS-34 steel blade with the BT2 coating. The coating wasn't the most durable, although Benchmade said the teflon permeated the metal, so it would still protect even when the black was rubbed off.
Pros: The 3.9" blade size is great when you're camping. The ATS-34 steel was good for edge retention and great for resharpening (just like 154CM). I can't speak to the current D2 steel, as I don't have a 710 in that steel. The handle fills my hand well, but I don't have large hands. It's an Axis lock, so there's no blade play and lock-up is rock solid.
Cons: The G10 can be a little slick when it gets wet, and could use a more aggressive pattern. The rest is more personal preference. I've come to dislike recurve blades, as I am using a convex sharpening technique, and the 710 could stand to have a typical belly in this regard. YMMV, however.