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Griptilian and Mini Griptilian
Here is the size difference between the two knives. I prefer the mini for everyday use.
Lock sticks, blade bounces
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm VERY picky when it comes to shopping for a knife. I ended up buying 8 different knives to test them all out and find out which one I want. The Griptilian and Griptilian Mini knives were in my top favorites for ease of use. They both were SUPER easy to open and close with a wrist flick, but I noticed that if you open them to hard the AXIS lock will stick and will make it hard to close. When you flick it closed the blade will bounce and most of the time won't close all the way after it bounces. That was the deal breaker for me on not choosing the Griptilian knife. I did like the Griptilian Mini slightly more than the Griptilian just because of the size of the knife for everyday use.
- Well made.
- AXIS Lock is awesome.
- Fun and quick to open and close.
- Great size.
- Black clip.
- AXIS lock sticks if you open blade to hard.
- Blade bounces and won't close all the way if you flick it closed to hard.
- Doesn't feel as quality/solid as the SOG Spec Elite 1 knife.
- Handle feels a little cheap and plasticy, not to much, but just a little...
I would recommend this knife to anyone who is looking for a non assisted opening knife who loves to and wants to easily and quickly open and close the knife one handed and with extremely minimal effort.
In the end I kept the SOG Spec Elite 1 knife since it had everything I liked about this knife but without the Cons.
- Gender: Male
Very nice knife, only wish the handle didnt feel kinda cheap plasticy.
Excellent edc blade
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've carried and used mine nearly every day since I bought it. It's an excellent knife - extremely well-made, sturdy, and shipped with a very sharp blade.
I have not needed to resharpen it yet, but I have no reason to expect that it won't take just as fine an edge as the factory put on it.
It's very light-weight, but still feels substantial, the opening mechanism is smooth and sturdy, and the lack of an opening-assist makes it a safer bet for my daily travels, where assisted-opening knives are of dubious legality.
I bought one for a friend, and he loves his too.
It's a benchmade. Nothing more to say. They are the best.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Unbelievably sharp. Great quality and durable. Probably have this knife forever but if I don't I'd definitely buy another one.
orange and wonderful
got this for my brother and he loved it. Here is what he has to say: This knife super sharp right out of the box. Very handy, fits comfortably in my pocket, easy to open with one hand, and is a great weight. This is the best knife I have owned.
perfect larger size knife
just used it on my hiking trip to costa rica. best quality. a bit more expensive as the average knife but really good blade. i use it for everything from cooking to cutting rope and preparing game. i recommend the orange version (easier to find when drop it).
my daily carry knife
I have been a Benchmade guy for years, having gone the Spyderco and Cold Steel route in the past and finding that I preferred the Benchmade knives.
This is my daily carry knife, at work, on days off, and for hiking and backpacking. I have a 722 as well as this 551, as I normally like a Tanto blade. I may even get a 553 in another color.
When compared to basic pocketknives, these may seem pricey, but they really aren't in the big picture of knives.
Another Great Knife From Benchmade
The Griptilian by Benchmade is a great knife. While Benchmade can be a bit pricy compared to their competitors you do get what you pay for. This knife has met and exceeded all my expectations. It is very easy and smooth to open and provides a solid lockup with Benchmades AXIS locking system. The blade steel is strong and will hold an edge well over time. The handle provides good traction in different conditions. This knife is great for carrying every day, hiking, backpacking and camping.
Oooh So Nice
This is a great knife with a great blade. I love that I can open and close it with either hand, single handedly. I've had mine for about four years and taken it on nearly as many continents. I love the edge the blade holds and how it fits into my hand for use. If you want something a little smaller, the mini griptilian is also awesome.
Mr. Griptilian likes to model
My hiking partner
Excellent Daily Carry
Though I have some nicer more expensive folders, this is an excellent bang for the buck. The axis lock is smooth and fast for one handed opening and the C154CM steel holds a nice edge after few minutes on m Syderco Sharpener. I lost mine a few months ago and will probably buy another one.
I purchased Benchmade after ogling a similar knife at a local retailer for months. The full size Griptilian is a powerful tool that I've chosen for full time use as well as a specialized backpacking knife. I've had the knife for about a month and carry it regularly. The knife's medium size when closed fits seamlessly into any pant/short pocket. As far as cutting goes, its function is unsurpassed. It has a great feel in the hand and pops open with single hand operation. I'm enjoying the knife so far and will update this review w any further developments as time goes by.