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Benchmade Knife 551 Griptillian Plain Edge Satin Finish Blade Black Handle

4.6 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
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  • Blade edge: Plain
  • Blade finish: Satin
  • Blade style, shape: Drop point
  • Handle material: Black nylon, Clip style: Standard, Reversible Tip Up
  • Made in USA
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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. Designer: Pardue, Mechanism: Axis lock. Action: Manual opening, Blade Steel: 154CM, Hardness: (58-61 HRC), Blade Length: 3.45 inches, Blade Thickness: 0.115 inches, Handle Thickness: 0.64 inches, Blade Style: Drop point with Ambidextrous Thumb Studs, Overall Length: 8.07 inches, Closed Length: 4.62 inches,Weight 3.88 ounces, Series: Blue Class, Use: Everyday, Outdoor, Tactical

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 1.5 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000NZPFMK
  • Item model number: 551
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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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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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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Go down to the ****'s if you just want the meat for the BM 551.

I finally found a store in my area that sells a very good selection of knifes. After an hour or so of looking at all of the knives I was interesting in after researching for the last week it came down to three knives. This benchmade 551, the cold steel lawman, and a spyderco which I am unsure of the model.

As I was playing with the grip of the lawman my finger oh so gently brushed the edge near the grip. It split my finger open like butter. The bleeding was far worth the amusement, and the lesson. I almost thought it was a sign to buy it. I like the heavy weight of the cold steel knives.

The spyderco was very quick to draw from the pocket, and was extremely light. Wisconsin is a open carry state so pocket draw isn't what I was looking for, and I like more weight.

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Finally I go around to the Benchmade section. The man showed me a mini barrage (585?), but I wanted something with a handle that has something for my big hands to really grip (I have size sixteen shoes and my hands match). He brought out a griptilian. I asked if the knife would hold up well, and I saw lots of videos of how good cold steel is and I wanted a comparison. He looked like a light bulb went off in his head and pulls out a knife he said a customer left there when he bought a new one. It was this same knife. The knife looked like the owner lived in the northern wisconsin forest for a year, george of the jungle style, and use that knife for everything, and then smashed the knife with a skid steer bucket into concert for amusement when he got back to civilization to buy a new knife. It was beat up, but the knife was still holding up. It had some wiggle that looked like it could of just been tightened up.
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I bought this 551 from bladehq.com and I bought the Mini as well. Only reason I did not buy it from Amazon is because there was no Prime option at the time. Now there is, which is fortunate for my fellow Prime Members. The Griptilian is hands down one of the best folding knives ever created in my opinion. You get a rather large folding knife but with the weight of much smaller knives. Yet, it has an incredible amount of heft and ruggedness to it. The blade shape is among the best I have seen, with its modified drop-point design. The blade steel is premium 154CM. It takes a razor edge and holds it for a very long time. I only ever need to strop mine from time to time. Rarely does it ever need the stone, and I use it daily. The Axis lock is absolutely amazing, and a joy to use. Once you get good with it, it is like having an automatic in your hands. It is a very strong lock and is cable of handling over 800lbs of pressure before failure. The liners will fail before this lock. I actually ordered a set of custom G-10 scales in OD Green for mine. I effectively turned a $90 knife into a $180 knife. The Griptilian is an extremely popular knife, and for that reason there are hundreds of custom scales and whatnot to choose from. And best of all, it is Made in the United States of America. Like all Benchmades. If you are even remotely interested in this knife, I say hop of the fence, pull the trigger and order this badboy. You will not regret it. You have my word on that.
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The other 25% of the time i carry a Kershaw 'skyline' because it's much slimmer. The Griptillian is the best knife for the money you can buy. I have more than a few Benchmades, many more expensive than this, and I don't seem to use them for anything other than bragging rights. I use it for most everything, from opening letters and packages to slashing open 50# plastic bags of stones for a dry creek bed I'm building now. It holds a great edge, and with nothing more than some quality stropping it's back to razor specs. I can't imagine any job this knife can't handle.

I do wish it were a little thinner and that the handle didn't seem so 'plastic-ey'. The handle material has held up though, so it's more perception than performance. Pretty small put-offs for a near perfect knife. If one was looking for just one folder to own and wasn't a compulsive collector(like myself), the griptillian would be the knife to own hands down. For around $100.00 you'll have it for a lifetime.
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