AMERICAN MADE STEEL: 154CM (588-61HRC) premium stainless steel with well-rounded characteristics, including good edge retention, overall toughness, and corrosion resistance.
DURABLE MATERIALS: Noryl GTX handle offers exceptional strength to weight, stainless steel liners, screws, AXIS, and coated reversible tip-up clip.
INNOVATIVE AXIS MECHANISM: Ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from two omega-style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang.
AMERICAN MANUFACTURING: The Oregon-based Benchmade factory employs modern laser cutters and CNC machining centers that offer control and tolerances found in the aerospace industry. Precision is that of half the width of a human hair.
When it comes to all around functionality, you can't beat the Griptillian. There are more shapes, sizes and colors available in the Griptillian than any other product family from Benchmade. Intended for Everyday or Outdoor use, the Griptilian 555HG has a lanyard hole and a standard clip type with a reversible tip-up clip position. Specifications: Designer: Pardue | Mechanism: AXIS | Action: Manual-opening | Blade Steel: 154CM (58-61 HRC) | Blade Length: 2.91" (7.39cm) | Blade Thickness: 0.100" (2.54mm) | Open Length: 6.78" (17.22cm) | Closed Length: 3.87" (9.83cm) | Handle Thickness: 0.51" (12.95mm) | Weight: 2.68oz. (75.98g).
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my 3rd Benchmade, and 3rd Grip/Mini-Grip at that. The knife is built well as expected. The sheepsfoot blade looks really nice and slices nicely as well. Mine came perfect, good blade centering, and even grind. I love the sand color of the handle with the black coating on the blade. Now I just need the full size Grip version of this and I'll be set.
The Axis lock is awesome, mine is super smooth as to be expected. I sense no gritty feeling in the lock and action. I have to get used to the hole, I'm used to a thumb stud. The Mini-Grip is a perfect sized discreet EDC blade that doesn't look intimitating.
Pick one up and I'm sure you'll enoy it. I totally think the extra amount for the coated blade and nice handle color was worth it.
I love the design of this knife, the details, and the quality of construction. The sheepsfoot blade is great for kitchen and general purpose cutting. The axis lock is my new 5 star standard. The jimping is a spot on handling aid. Useable with gloves, though a notch harder than my kershaw blur. This is a good thing as the mini griptillian so far hasn't opened in my pocket and doesn't need a safety latch.
I replaced the clip with a third party offering that lowers the carry position considerably. The need to replace it is offset by good available options.
I got the black blade to mitigate hoplophobic comments during public use situations (opening packing boxes, etc). The coating is showing some moderate wear.
The blade steel I selected doesn't hold a good edge during extended use. Might be my technique. When I get another mini griptillian I will probably go with a higher grade of blade steel.
In summary, a great work knife that needs a...
Finally got a Benchmade to go with my modest collection of knives. ( approximately 60 knives of lesser retail value). This is a well built knife with the best action of my other knives (Spyderco, CRKT, Kershaw, etc). My only gripe is with the edge's finish, very rough. It was very sharp, but, rough. Well, for me, no lasting issue. After spending a little time on the Spyderco Sharpmaker and a little stropping to fine tune the finish, all is well. Let's talk about the action, smooth as butter, better than butter. The egos an this knife are great! Will it be my EDC, no, but I have too many favorites to rotate, so I really have no knife as an EDC. It will get special treatment and carried more than the others. Do not hesitate to get this entry level Benchmade, you will not be sorry.
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