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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.

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Benchmade: for life

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Everything you touch with this knife turns to butter. extremely happy with this purchase. extremely lightweight and the blade is thicker than a quarter. bit on the bigger side for everyday carry. bought it primarily for field work in the mountains. excited to put it to the test this summer


Great gift

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this as a gift for a friend, he loves it! Convenient size and quality workmanship.

Does it come with a blade? Wouldn't it...

Does it come with a blade? Wouldn't it be nice to know what size blade it comes with? Asking too much, I suppose. Seems 90% of the listings and reviews I see fail to specify the blade thickness and length. Call me picky, but I would like to know.

Best Answer

Hi R.Thompson,

Thanks for the question. The blade thickness and length on the Benchmade 553 Griptilian Tanto Knife is 0.115" and 3.45".


Excellent Pocket Knife

    This is an excellent pocket knife for utility, work, convenience. It opens rapidly for a folder. The cutting surface is very sharp. The construction is strong, tough, and just tight enough that there's no wiggle or shimmy when working the blade.

    My only complaint would be the necessary presence of the clip. This is nothing unique to the Benchmade Griptilian Tanto Knife. Any pocket clip is going to diminish the integrity of the hand grip one can maintain on a knife.

    I regularly commute by bicycle and I haven't found the folded length to be any sort of problem while riding.

    Dude, see those 3 screws? You can remove the clip if you don't like it.