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 Griptilian. There are more shapes, sizes and colors available in the Griptilian than any other product family from Benchmade. Intended for Everyday, Outdoor or Tactical use, the Griptilian 551 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: 3.45" (8.76cm) | Blade Thickness: 0.115" (2.92mm) | Open Length: 8.07" (20.50cm) | Closed Length: 4.62" (11.73cm) | Handle Thickness: 0.64" (16.26mm) | Weight: 3.88oz. (110.00g).
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a perfect example of a perfectly balanced knife. I own a lot of benchmade knives and this one is the best for your buck. 154cm steel allows you to give this knife a hard beating between sharpening, I actually have not had to sharpen mine and i have owned it for a little more than a year with regular use. Personally, I wish that this knife had a rubber grip on the sides of some sort, because it is not as grippy as I would like, but its good enough. Incredibly sharp, opening and closing this knife can be done with the greatest of ease using one hand with practice. It feels like cheap plastic, but it can be dropped really hard on cement and its always fine. So in short, this is a light, high quality, everyday use pocket knife that can be used and used without worry of damage. AND its cheap!!
Like most of you reading this review, I have a drawer-full of pocket knives...Spyderco, Al Mar, Kershaw, Benchmade, Gerber, Emerson, and others. So why did I need to buy the Benchmade 551?
I love the 154CM steel blade. It sharpens to a razor's edge and holds its edge for a long time. Since there is no vanadium in the steel, it is less prone to chipping, and I don't have to use a diamond stone to sharpen it; Arkansas oil stones and a leather strop will get the edge where you want it in just a few minutes.
The Axis lock with the dual thumb studs makes for smooth, quick, quiet opening and closing of the blade from every angle imaginable. Even with the torx tension adjustment screw loosened for the easiest opening action, there is no side-to-side blade wobble. Much has been made of the plastic scales. Personally, I like the shape, size, texture and grip...even when wet. Clip placement is reversible right or left, and always tip-up, which aids in rapid...
This is my favorite camping knife. The orange handle makes it easy to spot if dropped or placed on the ground and the 154CM is a good, durable, middle grade steel that'll hold up to abuse and is easily resharpened. The handle fills your hands nicely and the knife screams to be used and abused. This knife has been with me for many great outdoor adventures and I look forward to many more. Hope this helps.
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