A somewhat larger version of the Mini-Griptilian (also…
Price Paid: $75
A somewhat larger version of the Mini-Griptilian (also reviewed by yours truly), big brother here rates just as highly, and for the same reasons.
Benchmade knives are razor-sharp out of the box, and keep an edge very well. (They'll re-sharpen knives for $5 if one is so inclined, as well.) A good multi-purpose drop point lbade design, the knife also boasts the AXXIS locking mechanism, a Benchmade-patented feature, is worth every penny. Extremely solidly holding the blade in position of use, it's also easily released by one hand, allowing single-hand closure of the blade with only modest dexterity required.
The rubberized zytel handle is very durable, and the checkered grip allows for a very secure hold.
I keep the Griptilian clipped to my pack in an easily accessible spot on a shoulder strap, where it's reached with one hand without difficulty, without releasing belts, straps, etc. or digging in pockets. Got the Griptilian after having fallen in love with the Mini-Griptilian. Cannot recommend a knife more highly.
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The 551Griptilian from Benchmade features their innovative AXIS locking mechanism with a dual thumb-stud opener and reversible steel pocket clip. This knife is not only safe, it durable and reliable.
A cinch to use, the lightweight Benchmade 551 Griptilian G10 Knife features a tough stainless-steel, partial-serrated blade, molded handle and smooth AXIS(TM) locking mechanism. S30V stainless-steel blade is strong and sharp enough to slice through food, wire and ropes with ease; partially serrated for extra cutting power. Strong, spring-loaded AXIS locking mechanism adjusts smoothly for ease of operation. Ambidextrous blade is easily opened with a simple push of the thumb-stud openers. Textured and contoured G10 handle is lightweight and easy to grip; features lanyard hole for an alternate carry option (lanyard not included). Benchmade 551 Griptilian G10 Knife has a reversible pocket clip that makes storage and transport easy-just clip it on your pocket or belt and go.