Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Mini-Griptilian Tanto Knife (Black)
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- Blade Length: 2.91"
- Overall Length/Closed Length: 6.78"/3.87"
- Blade Material/Hardness: 154CM Stainless Steel/58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Tanto; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS
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What’s so great about the Mini-Grip? First, it’s small and smooth in my pocket. If I’m wearing jeans, shorts or khakis, it’s clipped to the inside of my right-side pocket. If I’m wearing dress trousers, the knife is all the way in my pocket; its weight pulls on the pocket and doesn’t look or feel good.
I sometimes carry a full-size Griptilian, especially when going out for long walks, when I feel safer having the bigger knife’s 3.45-inch 154CM blade. But really, half an inch difference will make no difference except under special circumstances. There’s nothing that the mini-Grip can’t do during my daily adventures. (When I really want to feel safe outdoors, I carry a fixed-blade Nimravus.)
The 154CM steel on the Mini-Grip is awesome. It’s strong, it’s corrosion-resistant, and it’s easy to sharpen. It holds an edge better than less-expensive steels, like the 440C stainless on my Boker. The 154CM is a little softer than the M390 steel on the Barrage II (model 581), but on the other hand, it’s almost impossible to sharpen the Barrage unless you are very very patient.
Note: If you want different steel, you can build a custom Mini-Grip with D2, N680 or S30V steel at http://custom.benchmade.com/knives. Frankly, I don’t think that’s necessary unless you really want something other than 154CM.
Another plus for the Mini-Grip: The knife is really light weight.Read more ›
First, the Axis-lock is simple, resilient, and addictingly satisfying to deploy. Ambidextrous, with mild spring pressure keeping the button in place, just pull it down and give your wrist a flick and the blade deploys every time. Depress the button again and flick it back shut to safely tuck the blade away with one hand and zero risk to your fingers. No infuriating "safety" switch accidentally deploying in your pocket, keeping the blade shut. No dangerous compression device or spring to wrestle with both hands to shut the blade again. Just easy, single-handed gravity based deployment. And I've NEVER been able to overpower the locking mechanism; it keeps the blade safely locked out and in place. Elegant and sophisticated, yet so mindlessly simple. Would be worth 5 stars on this feature alone.
Now, the blade. It comes from the box absolutely razor sharp. A huge plus, since I am not very good at properly sharpening blades! The weight and balance are perfect. The tanto point has a "clip point" style drop from the back of the blade ("mune") which creates a more angular tip, I would presume for added strength. I haven't had any issues with tip/blade chipping or breaking after several prying tasks.
No regrets here folks, well worth the extra bit of cash to have a higher quality, simpler, and safer knife than what the competition can offer.
Its a smooth perfectly sized knife.
The blade design is beautiful, but it does need sharpening. Not out the box truly, but its not super sharp out the box.
The handle could be made with a "high quality" different material. But the feeling is great, and it doesn't feel cheap.
The blade is locked in enough that it wont just open up, but its also easy enough to open that if you grab just the blade you can actually flip it open haha.
Overall giving this knife 4 stars wouldn't be fair because I love it.
But it is probably about a 4.5. The handle could be a litttleeeee nicer and the blade a litttttleee sharper out the box for the price your paying.
But this is a must have watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first benchmade I purchased myself. My other two were issued in the military. This knife was my first experience with "hair poping" sharpness out the box. Impressive. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Javier
I have 2 Griptilians and wanted a smaller knife. The mini-griptilian is just the knife I wanted. Fits well in my hand. No blade play. Perfect when wearing shorts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas J Williams
It's a great knife. Awesome flipping motion, good handle feel just a little plasticky but nothing wrong with it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ledman1
I've managed to collect a number of EDCs over the years and last Christmas my son presented me with one of these. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chuck Finley
I meant to get the 553 not the 557 but the smaller one is equally awesome.Published 10 months ago by ursa ferrarius
Excellent quality and size. Perfect entry level Benchmade knife. Knife is tight and centered in the handle. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian