550HG

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PARDUE, GRIPTILIAN, AXS, HOLE
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About the product
When it comes to all around functionality, you can't beat the Griptillian®. There are more shapes, sizes and colors available in the Griptillian than any other product family from Benchmade.

Designer: Pardue
Mechanism: AXIS®
Action: Manual-opening
Blade Steel: 154CM (58-61 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: 0.64" (16.26mm)
Weight: 3.79oz. (107.44g)

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

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A review from: Todd
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Only good things to say about this knife. Perfect blade/handle configuration for field work. Rock solid locking mechanism. However, it is a single attribute of this knife that has inspired me to give the highest marks I have ever awarded a product--its edge retention. Seems impossible that it can still slice through sheets of paper after five elk, a couple antelope, and several deer. Apparently this is not impossible for the 550HG Griptilian. I have never sharpened it.

Full disclosure, I pack two knives into the backcountry. Any serious elk hunter will acknowledge the need for two. I pair the Griptilian with a small replaceable scalpel blade knife. Yes, the replaceable blade does a fair amount of the cutting, but the Griptilian goes to work where the hide gets thick, and where deep cuts are necessary. It has seen plenty of action over the last five years, yet retained a perfect edge. Would never have believed it could still be this sharp.

I have written this review for two reasons: Firstly to give high marks to an amazing product. Secondly, as a lifelong Montana elk hunter, I declare that you need this knife. The 550HG Griptilian paired with a small replaceable scalpel knife is THE perfect combination for serious hunting. "Perfect" never happens in gear selection for the backcountry. There are always tradeoffs. Not with the Griptilian. Many of the traditional knives I used to carry weighed more by themselves than the combined weight of a Griptilian and a small replaceable scalpel knife. Throw both in your pack, leave the sharpening stone at home, hike twelve miles in, gain three thousand vertical feet, kill an elk at sunset; and you will understand why you have to have the 550HG Griptilian. Coming out of the mountains safely on such nights bowls down to field processing that animal as quickly and efficiently as possible. You HAVE to have this knife--an opinion earned after a lifetime of hunting Wapiti in remote places, and an easy $1000.00 of retired hunting knives sitting in a drawer--the price I've paid to arrive at the perfect game processing combo. You have to have this knife.