User Review: Benchmade Mini-Griptilian
Price Paid: $89
Best folding knife I've ever owned. Not too big, but big enough to do most anything around camp, etc. Mine is in my pocket every day, home or away.
Comes literally razor-sharp in package. Now made with D2 tool steel, mine was made from 154 CM. Both materials very high-quality. Holds edge well; requires a little more time sharpening because of steel hardness, but worth the trade-off.
Of special note is the patented AXXIS locking mechanism. It holds the blade as solidly as any folder I've ever held, or better. The blade doesn't feel any different in use than a fixed-blade knife, even after two years of frequent use. Yet, in spite of the solid feel, it's easily released with one hand and folded back into the handle. This locking mechanism is worth a five-star rating all by itself.
Handle made of hard rubberized plastic, very durable, with checkered grip surface. Mine is yellow. Love it. Will include specific instructions for its dispensation in my will.