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Benchmade - Griptilian 551-1 Knife, Drop-Point Blade, Plain Edge, Satin Finish, Gray Handle
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- HIGH-QUALITY: The CPM-20CV stainless steel blade offers excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and low maintenance. The G10 handle is durable, impervious to moisture, and stable under extreme temperatures.
- WELL-DESIGNED: Benchmade's AXIS lock is exceptionally strong and fully ambidextrous. The Griptilian 551-1 is a manual knife that can be opened and closed single-handedly.
- COMFORTABLE: The 551-1's lightweight design and handle grips make it comfortable to hold and use. The reversible pocket clip offers ultimate accessibility.
- VERSATILE: The Griptilian 551-1's drop-point, utility blade style and all-around functionality make it ideal for everyday use, outdoor activities, and even tactical applications.
- GUARANTEED FOR LIFE: Benchmade's limited Lifetime Warranty and LifeSharp Service keep your knife in the best condition. If your knife needs repair or sharpening, Benchmade will take care of it. Available for knives purchased from an authorized dealer.
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The Griptilian with G10! Upgraded blade steel improves edge performance and the layered gray and blue G10 enhance strength. And, of course, integral grip texture offers the traction that is quintessential to the Grip family. Intended for Everyday, Outdoor, or Survival use, the G10 version of the Griptilian 551-1 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: CPM-20CV (59-61 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: 0.61" (15.49mm) | Weight: 4.17oz. (118.22g).
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The 551-1 sports a gray G10 handle scales, blue G10 accents, blue barrel spacers and a reversible deep carry pocket clip for right or left side carry. The steel has also been upgraded to CPM-20CV comparable to M390 steel but is made in the US vs Austria for the M390. It offers better edge retention but is not quite as tough to resharpen as M390. Solid win-win.
The quality is amazing and the g10 scales feel great in the hand. Also the blade is perfectly centered. The CPM-20CV is just another plus.
Hopefully the images attached do the design better justice than the product images above.
After about a month of carrying it and not even using it, the clip started to separate from the knife and on a couple of occasions, the knife slipped out of my pocket and fell on the ground. The paint also chipped off the clip from just rubbing on soft day to day things, like wood benches and walls. This is unacceptable. A knife clip in a lot of ways is akin to a holster for a pistol. It needs to be more secure and improved.
It is frustrating and annoying for me to absolutely love everything about a product, except one “cheap” thing that is an easy fix for Benchmade. It’s like putting a cheap door handle or cheap steering wheel on a Ferrari. Wake up Benchmade! You are better than this!
---The blade was perfectly centered (I know of guys who sent knives back 2-3 times before getting a good one).
---The knife was hair splitting sharp. I could slice curves in phone book paper all day long without snags. This was the sharpest knife I have ever received straight out of the box.
---The knife felt robust, but not clunky; and the scales were surprisingly grippy. I have XL mitts and size-wise and grip-wise it was perfect.
---The gray/blue color combination was stunning; no doubt it looked better in person than online.
---I liked how the knife sat in the pocket with the deep carry clip; way less noticeable than other knives.
--The black carry/storage pouch was a nice touch.
---My knife came with an uneven blade grind, especially obvious at the curve going up to the tip. When looking from the tip down it was almost a 70/30 split (Full disclosure: at half-way point on the belly going towards the choil the grind was OK). Also, my knife was missing a tip, yes the very sharp pin point tip that one would find even on the cheapest knives has slipped through quality control cracks on this one.
---Now I understand this was no $1000 Shirogorov, I get it; but come on Benchmade even my Gerber Paraframe which cost 1/6 of this Griptilian had a better grind from the factory… and it had a tip. This would have been an EDC and when it came time to sharpen it I would have evened out the blade and fixed the tip. But really... why would anyone want to spend $180 on a knife just to have to fix it?!! Even sending it to BM for warranty would mean weeks without a knife.
---Next we have the painted clip; it began to chip after just 2 days. Are you kidding me? I brushed up against a WOODEN workbench once, and the paint started flaking worse than a Craigslist “free” buyer.
---Another thing that bothered me was the grip screws and clip screws protruded through the frame into the blade area of the knife. They weren’t close to getting in the way of the blade so no worries there; but it’s one of those aesthetic issues, almost like BM ran out of the correct length screws and placed whatever they could find in there.
---Even after all this, I was still willing to keep the knife. I loved the blade shape and the CPM-20CV super steel, the color combination and really the feel of it. I kept coming up with excuses to keep it, but then the blade developed side to side play during the break in period... that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Back in the box it went and I began a new search for my next EDC. I suppose I could have exchanged it, but I don’t gamble and really was not interested in playing the Benchmade lottery. Several years ago I purchased a Benchmade 930 Kulgera (discontinued, but still my favorite EDC of all time); it was perfect in every way right out of the factory box. But now, I see why once dieheart BM fans are jumping ship to different brands. The quality that BM once built its reputation on went the way of the Woolly Mammoth. Methinks this was my last Benchmade product for any foreseeable future. Giving this one 3 stars, hoping the company gets back to its roots to find quality that they lost somewhere down the road.
The action is extremely smooth after a short break in period and locks up as tight as can be, no play. This knife can snap open and closed one handed lightning fast with minimal effort. It can be opened with the thumb studs, by using the AXIS lock and a subtle flick of the wrist, or just by a stern flick of the wrist all by itself. The AXIS lock is simply superior to anything I’ve ever handled before (liner/frame locks, thumbstud locks, ARC locks, lockbacks).
I’m happy that I went with the full size Griptilian instead of the mini, this is perfect for edc and is actually slimmer than I expected. It takes up less pocket room than you’d think and the deep carry pocket clip makes it almost disappear from view.
I am extremely satisfied with this knife, it is easily my favorite folder as of yet. It is attractive, well constructed, smooth as silk, quickly deployed, and sports an ultra-premium blade steel. What’s not to love?