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Benchmade Griptilian Knife

4.7 out of 5 stars 231 customer reviews
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Price: $97.75 - $241.46
Black Coated Blade / Black Handle
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  • AXIS® locking mechanism with ambidextrous thumb-stud opener
  • 154CM stainless steel blade (58-61HRC)
  • Valox® handle with stainless steel liners and a reversible steel pocket clip
  • Blade Length: 3.45" Blade Thickness: 0.115" Handle Thickness: 0.640" Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC Blade Style: Tanto w/ Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Pocket Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up Lock Mechanism: AXIS Overall Length: 8.07" Closed Length: 4.62" Weight: 3.25oz.

Product Description

The Griptilian is born of custom knife maker Mel Pardue's passion for functional designs. You release the creature's ferocity with a thumb stud. At the very heart of the Griptilian, is the exclusive AXIS locking mechanism. This modern marvel gives life to a cutting tool like you have never experienced before, especially in a lightweight folder. Rock-solid ambidextrous function is sure to tame the most die-hard of traditionalists. And you can grab onto the lightweight, injection molded handle with its grip-textured surface and rib covered spine that grabs you right back for a "can't let go" grip. The Griptilian also comes with a reversible carry-clip for right or left side carry.

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  • ASIN: B00EAP8L98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,484 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

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Size: Plain EdgeColor: Satin Finish Blade / Black Handle
I got this knife as a present over 8 years ago and still carry it every day. Holds a great edge and is durable as hell. I have taken in camping, fishing hiking... you name it. It comes razor sharp and they will resharpen and tune up the knife for the cost of shipping. In a pinch I have even used it to baton fire wood. When my father gave it to me he joked that I was buying 20 dollar knives every couple months because they were breaking and that this 90 dollar knife would last me a lifetime. He was right.
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Size: ComboEdgeColor: Black Coated Blade / Black Handle
What an amazing knife for EDC use, the 154CM blade takes and holds a wicked hair shaving sharp edge, from the factory it comes hair popping sharp and stays that way with even relatively heavy use.

the handle is...unexpected, its a hard plastic, not as sandpaper-ish as zytel, more smooth and easy on the hands yet it grips in your hand superbly, the jimping on the back of the blade and on the handle work well, it really grabs your thumb well. The fullsize griptillian does not have full length liners, they run roughly 3/4 th's of the handle, the mini-griptilian does have full liners.

As far as locks go, the axis lock is hands down the best ive ever seen or used, it locks up securely every time, is incredibly strong, theres no blade play whatsoever and its so easy to use not to mention fully ambidextrous. the blade opens lightning fast with a flick of the thumb, and if you pull back the axis lock it can be easily and quickly opened or closed with a twist of the wrist.

The pocket clip is strong and the knife rides low in the pocket, a bit of the handle is left exposed but not enough to worry about. and it can be taken off and put on the opposite side of the handle for left handed/pocket carry, tip up only though.

Not much to say about the serrations, theyre sharp and functional, the coating however i dislike, its a matte black coating that can be aesthetically damaged with relative ease, a TiNi (Titanium Nitride) coating would have been better suited but the rest of the knife more than makes up for this small imperfection on an almost perfect knife.

For the money, this knife is an amazing deal, if it cost $150 it would still be worth it IMHO, after handling and owning one of these, i can see why the griptilian is such a popular knife with as high a reputation as it has.

if your looking for a great knife with a good steel, splurge the money and get this knife, you wont regret it.
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Size: ComboEdgeColor: Satin Finish Blade / Black Handle
I began looking for knifes a few years back as it struck me that if I needed to quickly get my multitool out and deploy it's blade for emergency usage, that might not be quick or safe enough, especially if I needed to do this with one hand or with hands that were wet and/or dirty. I thus needed one with a thumbstud as ring openers are great barehanded, but I've had some trouble with them while wearing gloves (both work gloves as well as warmth gloves). I also needed a knife that would be comfortable enough for me to hold as my fingers are a little short for my palm size. As I'd be carrying this as an E.D.C. (E.very D.ay C.arry) like my multitool, I didn't want it to look scary and I didn't want it to attract immediate attention since the last thing that you want to happen to you when you need to do something (like make a plastic cup out of a bottled water bottle or cut the twine off of a package) in public is to have everyone around you freak out. Now if I had been considering this as a knife for just camping, then I'd have gone with a brighter colour in case I dropped it while out rock scrambling (they offer this knife with a decent variety of handle colours and the manufacturer even offers full customization where one side can be one colour and the other another colour as well as black versions of metal parts that would normally be silver). I thus decided on the least military looking, and least eye catching combination of colours that I could find. So that meant finding one with a drop point and non-coated edge with a either black or sand coloured handles. So I got it in a rather generic build of drop-point, combination plain and serrated blade, with thumb stud, and black handles.Read more ›
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Size: Plain EdgeColor: Satin Finish Blade / Black Handle Verified Purchase
Recent purchase (so I'l update if there are any reliablity issues). First impression is that the handle feels 'plasticy' when I first opened the box up. Knife at first felt cheap, had hallow sound when handle is tapped. Knife is EXTREMELY light for its size. Upon further examination, I found that the knife is very very sturdy and well balanced. Although the knife "feels" cheap, it seems extremely durable and sturdy. Blade is beautifully crafted and came razor sharp and seems to hold an edge so far quite well. Knife opens pretty easily. Not the most fun to 'flick' open, but does come open without trouble. Lock on knife seems foolproof, can't immagine it ever closing on its own. Blade is quite solid and has almost ZERO wiggle when open. knife also quite secure when closed, wont open by itself. I would not recomend buying the version with the black coating on it, the black coating on the carry clip is coming off in small amounts after the first week. All in all, Id buy this knife again. Good solid basic looking knife
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