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Rated5out of5byBrandon ScottfromGreat KnifeBest knife I have ever owned. Came sharp and stays sharp. I use it as an everyday carry knife.
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated4out of5byfinglingfrommini-grip 556, a decent carry bladeThe Benchmade Griptilian knives are a well-known, well-liked and well-used series of blades.
The mini-grip is a good knife, albeit top of the food chain price. Although, I find my straight edge blades get more use, I prefer the mini-grip with the combo blade. That is because, this is a short knife. It is perfect for all day everyday, because of it's lightweight and size.
I have put this knife to the test and don't have any issues with it, even when used along side carpentry tools (which means I am cutting roofing one minute and an apple the next) (a little dirt on your sandwich won't kill you)
Once the factory edge is corrected, the knife holds an edge fairly well, and is simple to sharpen on a diamond plate.
I'd prefer one a little more "flashy" in color but the black/silver was in stock and I went for my third 556... and my 4th or 5th benchmade. I do prefer other knives for edc, but this is such a sweet little knife, I got this one for my daughter then let her pick between this, a scallion and dragonfly.
I do believe Benchmade will sharpen any of their knives, forever, for around $5 shipping... just send it back to them. (Instructions in every box.) I took off a star for the factory edge, the unpolished presentation and the 'standard' color vs. price point... but it's a 5-star performer over time. I would replace this knife with the same were I to lose it.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated5out of5byGibranfromI love this knife!I love my 556 mini. It's smooth as silk, of solid construction and sharp as hell right out of the box (mine is still holding a good edge after months and months of everyday use).
There are a few small things that aren't ideal however:
The clip scratches easily and didn't look too great after only a few months (but does look great now as I stripped the paint using a wire wheel).
Also, the jimping leaves a little to be desired, but only a little; the grip is still fantastic despite the shallow grooves, but I do think they skimped just a little bit here.
All in all, I would buy this knife again and again. It goes everywhere with me and I truly love it.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated5out of5byjlh7778fromGlad I spent the extra on this one.After breaking two budget knifes from REI I spent the extra and got the benchmade. I have a large becnhmade,that I love, but is too large for everyday carry. This knife is very durable and extremely easy to use and comfortable. If I every lost this knife I would not hesitate to replace it with the same.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated5out of5byRobert MfromPerfect size for everyday carry.I initially bought the regular size Griptilian, but found it to be too big to comfortably carry in my pocket. I returned it for the Mini-griptilian, which is the perfect size for everyday carry. The blade is razor sharp out of the box. Opening letters and boxes, or cutting rope and cardboard is a breeze. The Axis locking mechanism is smooth and secure. I don't use the thumb stud. The REI associate showed me how to open and close with one hand by just releasing the Axis lock and flicking your wrist. The grip shape and checkering allow a secure and comfortable hold in my hand. It's expensive compared to other knives, but it's "Made in the USA" quality is hard to deny.
I accidentally washed my pants with the knife still in the pocket once. The knife body was easy to disassemble with a star head screw driver to dry it out. Everything was tight and smooth again after being put back together. After getting over the sticker shock, you won't be disappointed by this knife.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated5out of5byelleknowsfrombeautifulPerfect. I don't use knives much but it feels beautiful in my hand.
Date published: 2013-02-17
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