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- Item model number: 557SBKSN-Parent
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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Benchmade - Mini Griptilian 557 Knife, Tanto
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- BLADE STYLE: 2.91" (7.39cm) Tanto style blade, weighing only 2.68oz (75.98g)
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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. Intended for Rescue, Everyday or Tactical use, the Griptilian 557 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: 154CM (58-61 HRC) | Blade Length: 2.91" (7.39cm) | Blade Thickness: 0.100" (2.54mm) | Open Length: 6.78" (17.22cm) | Closed Length: 3.87" (9.83cm) | Handle Thickness: 0.51" (12.95mm) | Weight: 3.89oz. (110.28g).
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Part of why I say this is the price. It's inexpensive enough that you don't have to baby it, and at a little over $90 there's not much competition. The locking mechanism, build quality, and blade steel all warrant a higher price. There's a couple Spyderco's around this price point that are absolutely worth owning, but if I had to pick one sub $100 edc knife I pick this.
About that locking mechanism, it's Benchmade's Axis system, and it's fantastic. It also acts as a detent for the blade. Not a detent as in a small bump that seats in a recess, but instead the same pin that locks the blade in place when open, also holds the blade in place when closed. You have to overcome the spring in the mechanism to open the blade, but after you open it x degrees, it opens the rest of the way with negligible resistance. The thing is rock solid when open. It's safe, snaps open quickly, and opens and unlocks easily with one hand. Just perfect.
The 154cm blade steel is a great all around choice. Edge retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance are all present. Not the best in any of those categories, but good in all of them.
My one beef is the handle scales. The plastic they use feels cheap. I didn't take off a star because it's perfectly functional material, and most brand-name knives have basic plastic handles at this price point. I just don't like the look and feel, but that's not even really an issue anyway. This knife is so popular that there are plenty of aftermarket scales. I bought black micarta ones I found on Amazon, but I've also seen g-10 and carbon fiber ones.
Just buy it, you know you want to, and this is more practical than a lot of other knives you probably also want. It's not too big, not too small, lightweight but sturdy, just perfect for edc.
Update: after learning a bit more about knives and buying a couple cheaper ones, I docked this a star on value. I actually prefer a frame/liner lock to the axis lock now. This knife is quite smooth, but I wish I would've bought 4 different kershaws instead. I do still like it, but it's not a first or only knife kind of purchase in my opinion.