Benchmade Griptilian Tanto

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I carry two of these knives for everyday carry. I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $65

I carry two of these knives for everyday carry. I find that they are light but robust, the blade has a very thick spine, with the main edge of the knife not starting until 3/5 of the blade, the tip is also reinforced, with the main thickness of the blade jutting to almost the point where it could not go any longer and still penetrate.

The Axis is a rock solid, lightning fast locking set-up that has been well proven over the years, and it is the same in this knife. You definitely get top notch Made In the USA quality with an affordable price, with a light enough knife that won't pull your pants or shorts down, and you can even forget that you are carrying it.

Only thing that is a problem, espeically for someone like me who wears these knives for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is that after five or more years, the pocket clips came loose on mine, since there are three metal screws going into a polymer, is that the clip will tend to loosen laterly, about 1mm of play both ways. Good thing about it being a Benchmade is the lifetime warranty, and if you send it to them, they will correct the problem.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Benchmade's Griptilian Tanto page.

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With the extreme tip strength of a tanto blade and Benchmade's slip-free Griptilian handle, the Benchmade Griptilian Tanto Knife offers versatile performance great for either day-to-day work or tough backcountry use. Safe, reliable, smooth, and affordable, the Griptilian tackles any job with ease. Unleash the Griptilian's performance with a simple thumb rotation. The hand settles naturally over the palm-swelled shape and its textured skin.


Benchmade Griptilian Tanto Knife - The product belongs to the Blue Class. The length of blade is 3.45 inches and blade thickness is 0.115 inches. The blade has been built with 154CM and the hardness is 58-60 HRC. The Blade of this knife is constructed in Tanto, Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs style. The Combo edge handle has a weight of 3.25 oz. The overall length is 8.07 inches and closed length is 4.62 inches with double 410 Stainless Steel Liners. It has been built with Axis Lock Mechanism with Black Reversible Tip-Up clip. It has a 4.62 inches long Black Glass Fill Noryl GTX Color Valox Handle Scales for better grip and convenient usage.Specifications: Enhanced Blade-Tip Strength Design, One-Hand Ambidextrous Function, Stainless Steel Liners, Movable Carry-Clip,Blade Length: 3.45", Blade Thickness: 0.115", Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel, Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC, Blade Style: Tanto; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs, Weight: 3.25oz, Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up, Lock Mechanism: AXIS, Overall Length: 8.07", Closed Length: 4.62".

- Massey's Outfitters

Description of Benchmade 553 SBK OD Griptilian Tanto PurdueRepresenting another progression in Griptilian genealogy with its tanto blade style it purposefully adds to the growing appeal of this enhanced species of knife design. Tip strength is definitely prioritized followed by an angular razor cutting edge in this unique blade interpretation.FeaturesComboEdge BK1 Blade Coating Olive Drab Glass Fill Noryl GTX color Valox Scales Double Thick 410 Stainless Steel Liners Blade Length 3.45Blade Thickness 0.114Blade Material 440CBlade Hardness 58-60HRCBlade Style TantoWeight 3.25oz. Clip Reversible, Black, Tip-UpLock Mechanism AXISOverall Length 8.07Closed Length 3.87Sheath Material Sold SeparatelyClass Blue

- US Outdoor Store