Benchmade Knife 556 Mini Griptilian Black Handle
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- Ambidextrous thumb-stud opener
- Premium axis function
- An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications
- Blade edge: Plain
- Blade finish, color: Satin, Blade style, shape: Drop point
- Clip style position: Standard, Reversible Tip Up
- Handle Material: Black Glass filled Nylon
- Made in USA
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Size: Smallish end of medium, with a total length of 6.78" and a closed length of a very impressive 3.87". The blade hits just shy of 3" with almost the entire exposed edge being sharpened and usable.
Usage Rating: Medium going on heavy. The only reason I don't say "heavy" without reservation is because it is, on the whole, rather smallish. Other than that, this is a knife with dual steel liners, an insanely strong lock, and a moderately thick blade-stock which is ground in such a way that it can take abuse. More to the point, the texturing and gripping created by the handle make this a blade that wouldn't slip out of our hands, even if you used it to cape a deer or clean a really slimy fish, like a catfish.
Steel Quality: I almost put this in the "high" category. 154 CM is a slippery fish in that way. It is certainly an order of magnitude better than 8Cr13Mov and lower steels. I'm not sure I'd call it "better" than VG-10, although it does have better wear resistance. It is not as easy to sharpen as VG-10, and while it will take a hair-popping edge, it won't easily get to that "scalpel zone" that VG-10 and Sandvik 14c28n will.Read more ›
This review is for the Benchmade Model 556 Mini Griptilian with thumb studs, a black handle, a plain edge (non serrated), and 154CM blade steel.
The blade has a great modified drop-point shape to it. Towards the tip of the knife there is just enough belly for just about any EDC (Every Day Carry) task. The blade is easily opened with the thumb studs, the provide nice traction and are situated in the correct area for easy deployment. The stone washed blade makes the blade look similar to having many small scratched on it. However, this looks nicer than I am able to describe it. This finishing is also nice for when you use your knife and it does eventually get scratched up, as the scratches are difficult to distinguish from the original blade finish. My largest gripe with this knife is it's edge. This edge is quite fat, it is around 70º inclusive geometry. This makes the edge last awhile, but cutting through thick and coarse materials becomes a pain. For example, cutting through thick card board can be difficult, but anything relatively thin is a breeze due to the sharpness.
This steel (154CM) is some good stuff. This steel is pretty easy to sharpen and holds it's edge for quite awhile. My only gripe with the steel is that it tends to be a bit grainy. Grainy as in the grains in the steel are large and more noticeable than some other steels that I have used. AUS-8, VG-10, S30V, and 8Cr13MoV to mention a few.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never had a Benchmade before but was always curious due to the axis lock that everyone raves about. Read morePublished 2 days ago by EDK
Bought this as a gift for the groomsmen in our wedding. They are great quality and the guys were really excited about it. The blade is decent and it's comfortable to hold.Published 5 days ago by Melissa
This is my first real folder knife and so far it has been fantastic for me. I can feel the quality and at under 100$, I don't feel like I got ripped off or delved too much into the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alex
Love this knife for its action and size.....I had the full size griptilian for over a year, that is a fairly hefty knife to carry around, its stays in my car mostly, the mini is... Read morePublished 19 days ago by HikerToo
It feels cheap in your hand, not as nice to hold as G10 or dymondwood. The blade and locking mechanism are fine though!Published 29 days ago by Peppe Gorgonzola
It fits alright in my hand. It's fun to play with and holds a pretty good edge. I'm a bit of a knife snob so my biggest complaint is the edge that it's takes isn't amazing.Published on March 12, 2014 by gunguy
Lightweight, razor sharp,smooth action. Excellent knife for EDC. Grips feel a bit plastic like but are fine. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Daddy