Folding Edc Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife Review
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For many years, the Benchmade Griptilian 551 has been a mainstay in the Benchmade catalog, and its notoriety as a wonderful EDC knife has always been praised. It’s a highly utilitarian knife, both neutral and practical from top to bottom, making it as practical of an everyday carry knife as you are really ever going to get. Available in a wide range of options, from different colours to different sizes, additional to other slightly varied features, it seems to me that if you are in the market for a Benchmade Griptilian, you will find at least one that suits you just right.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife Review
The first thing I noticed is, how light it really is, when I first held the Griptilian. It’s truly a remarkable weight,at 3.8 ounces (108 grams), particularly considering how meaty the blade is for an everyday carry knife.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife – Size
For its size, this knife packs a lot of cutting power and very little to no space is wasted.The total length of the Benchmade Griptilian is 20.3 cm (8 inches). The blade is a solid 8.8 cm (3.45 inches) of that. It’s a good change to review a knife where more or less all of the blade has an edge.
The only draw back to the Griptilian are the handles, that are the biggest. The scales are made up of a material called Noryl GTX. I don’t care very much for branded names to be honest, to me the handles are just plastic, and unfortunately, the Griptilian scales really feel like plastic, in that hollow, cheap sorta way unlike the Spyderco Endura & Delica.
A lot of this has to do to the way the scales are moulded, with nested liners and arches that don’t traverse across the entire length of the handle. It’s a disgrace, yet realistically, this lightweight construction needs to have some kind of drawback. Fortunately, the drawback is worth the extremely lightweight end result.
The Benchmade Griptilian 551 comes in many different types. The 551, my Griptilian, features standard thumb studs. They are removable, function extremely well and are attached using torx screws.
If you love the idea of the Griptilian, but not the deployment method, it’s worth bearing in mind that you do have the choice of getting one with a hole. If you are used to the hole, the Benchmade Griptilian 550 features a Spyderco-like hole, making deployment much easier, and you have many of them with the Griptilian: from steel, to colour, to handle material, to size, and finally, even the hole as welloptions are always great. Splendid variety; great job on that Benchmade.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife – Lock
The pivot lock on the Benchmade Griptilian 551 disengages remarkably smoothly. If you even consider buying this knife, you should just take it and give it a shot. I found myself flicking the knife open and closed so many times that Elise got irritated and confiscated it from me for the evening and it’s almost glass smooth.
I also possess the Benchmade Adamas, and, the action on the Griptilian is much smoother by comparison. And I don’t really think I own another knife that comes close to being as smooth as this one. Really nice.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife – Clip
The clip on the Benchmade Griptilian 551 is strikingly great looking in a very old school sorta way, and reminds me a lot of the Emerson style clips. Practically, it doesn’t convey deep like a Spyderco Sage would, however it’s sufficient enough for everyday use.
The Benchmade Griptilian’s 154CM 8.8 cm (3.45 inch) blade is precisely ground, with an extremely lean saber hollow that is barely noticeable and is literally almost flat. The knife has uniform grind marks under the stonewash, yetI saw absolutely no imperfections or defectsin terms of pure function.
The tip is a great compromise between having a good all round EDC blade and a needle point. It’s sufficiently tough for everyday tasks, yet absolutely don’t pry with it.
For all purposes and intents, balance on the Griptilian is perfect. Another reason why 99% of knives ought to use nested liners as the Griptilian does.
Centering was terrible, however functionally, seriously that doesn’t matter. The blade does not drag against the handles and the knife functions perfectly. Changes with the pivot proved futile, so I left it as is.
As you may recollect from the Spyderco Military review, I have nothing but love for nested liners. The Griptilian is an ideal example for this. It’s almost indiscreetly light at 3.76 ounces (106.6 grams), and because of its nested construction that is no small part.
Strikingly, the jimping on the Noryl GTX (just like Grivory) handles happen to be more aggressive and sharper than the jimping on the steel liners. I like it, Nicely manufactured.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife – Deployment
Deployment of the Benchmade Griptilian 551 is insanely fast. Hands down, the deployment is one of my favourite things about this knife. The glassy action on the axis lock makes the blade lash out like a demon out of hell. It’s an amazingly smooth mechanism, and I got to admit I am pretty addicted to it.
To speak of on the Griptilian, it has Absolutely no choil. The heel of the blade is sharp, although it is extremely unlikely,and should the lock fail, say goodbye to your digits.
The Griptilian is very natural, in the saber grip, with immensely strong retention due to the neutral ergonomics of the handle, also the generous amount of jimping scattered throughout the knife. There is just no chance this knife will slip out of your grip. When Mel Pardue was designing the Griptilian, he really thought through the ergonomics.
Choking up on the blade is average in comfort. The Griptilian is clearly biased toward a saber grip, and I see nothing wrong with that when taking into account how comfortable the saber grip was. The guard sweeps down relatively anxiously, so the point does tend to bite into your pointer finger.
Much like the saber grip, reverse grip is extremely neutral and very comfortable.
Pinching up on the blade would have been agreeable as the thumb stud would dig into my flesh. That being stated, I don’t know if you would want to utilize this knife for field dressing game anyway, as blood and other fluids may get stuck inside the axis lock mechanism. Since I haven’t used this knife for messy tasks, please let me know how the clean-up was, if anyone has used an axis lock around blood and entrails.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife – Conclusion
The Benchmade Griptilian 551 is an excellent reference, if you are thinking of giving the axis lock a try (and I fully recommend that you do). When disengaging its smoothness is to another level, so you have got to test this one out in case you’re a sucker for that kind of thing.
From the very beginnings of my interest in knives, Benchmade has been a dominant knife manufacturer. Benchmade’s single most purchased knife is quite likely the Griptilian, and so, like many others, the very first Benchmade I possessed was a Griptilian. To see why this one has been a mainstay in the Benchmade line up,it just takes a short amount of use. From its neutral ergonomics to its glassy smooth action, this knife is an outstanding, I wish the price point was a little lower and extremely practical everyday carry folder, I have no regrets buying it.