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About the product
The Griptilian with G10! Upgraded blade steel improves edge performance and the layered gray and blue G10 enhance the look and feel. And, of course, integral grip texture offers the traction that is quintessential to the Grip family.

Designer: Pardue
Mechanism: AXIS®
Action: Manual-opening
Blade Steel: CPM-20CV (59-61 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.45" (8.76cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.115" (2.92mm)
Open Length: 8.07" (20.50cm)
Closed Length: 4.62" (11.73cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.61" (15.49mm)
Weight: 4.13oz. (117.08g)

Features

Additional Information

Blade Edge Plain
Blade Finish/Color Satin
Blade Style/Shape Sheepsfoot
Clip Type Deep-Carry
Clip Position Reversible Tip-Up
Glass Breaker No
Handle Material G10
Lanyard Hole Yes
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type No Sheath
Use Every Day, Outdoor, Survival

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A review from: SublimelyGray
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I had a previous Grip that was the original materials and while it served me well, the folder snob in me always felt it lacked just a little something.

I was at a local store and grabbed a lower production number for a great price. But after having it in hand, I was really blown away.

The upgraded CMP steel is great.

The gray G10 scales and blue liners complimented by the blue posts not only look GREAT, it lightens the knife in hand yet feels more robust.

It really brought my love for the Grip back.

Centering...Perfect!
Fit and finish... Perfect!
Detent... Perfect!

Keep it up!
A review from: RoberTX
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Great job Benchmade! I'very owned this knife for 4 or so months now and it has taken top spot as my edc. I'd take this over a 940 or pm2. The action on this this is butter smooth. It flicks out with authority and closes just as easily. My original attraction to this was the blade sheep. It has served me well. The cpm 20cv blade takes a scary sharp edge and holds it well. Just don't go below 15 dps. I did mine at that with a microbevel and the sharpness is comparable to my m4 810 blade. For the record, I have never experienced a knife sharper than the latter. It is tough enough for edc tasks, operates with the best of em, and is quite sexy. What is not to like? If you can't afford one I feel for you.
A review from: JC
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I have a numbered, first production run of this knife. I also own a standard griptialian (551). A bit disappointed compared to that one. Purchased it from an authorized retailer here in Los Angeles.

The only issue I've ever had with my 551 is that the thumb stud caught on my jeans pocket a couple times. Not a pleasant surprise to find a partially open blade upon drawing it out. So I thought a sheepsfoot taper with a hole instead of thumb stud would be a safer everyday carry.

In that respect, the 550-1 was a good choice. But the action of this knife is surprisingly different from my 551. Very, very loose blade. With the axis lock pulled back, the blade just swings around. Tightening the tension screw requires a steady hand. We're not talking a quarter turn. More like microns. Then you get a blade that you practically have to force out. No middle ground. And the more you open/close the blade, it just gets loose again in a short time.

Finally had to put some Loctite on the screw to keep it from getting so loose again. But even now, one handed operation just isn't as smooth as my 551. Opening the knife with the thumb hole and wrist flick makes the axis lock jam. Requires a serious pull to release it for folding away. So I'm retraining myself to open/close with the axis lock.

All in all, for a much more expensive knife, I'm surprised at the amount of fiddling this has required. I'm sure I could send it in for a look, but my feeling is that a simple device at this price point should just work. And that quality/performance shouldn't vary this much in a reputable brand.