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Benchmade 551 Griptilian Knife


    Benchmade 551 Griptilian Knife

    A cinch to use, the lightweight Benchmade 551Griptilian knife features a tough stainless-steel blade, molded handle and smooth AXIS™ locking mechanism. See details

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    A cinch to use, the lightweight Benchmade 551Griptilian knife features a tough stainless-steel blade, molded handle and smooth AXIS™ locking mechanism.

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    A cinch to use, the lightweight Benchmade 551Griptilian knife features a tough stainless-steel blade, molded handle and smooth AXIS™ locking mechanism.

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    A cinch to use, the lightweight Benchmade 551Griptilian knife features a tough stainless-steel blade, molded handle and smooth AXIS™ locking mechanism.

    • Stainless-steel blade is strong and sharp enough to slice through food, wire and ropes with ease
    • Strong, spring-loaded AXIS locking mechanism adjusts smoothly for ease of operation
    • Ambidextrous blade is easily opened with a simple push of the thumb-stud openers
    • Molded nylon handle is lightweight and easy to grip; features lanyard hole for an alternate carry option (lanyard not included)
    • Reversible pocket clip makes storage and transport easy—just clip it on your pocket or belt and go!

    This knife can't be shipped to New York.

    Made in USA.

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    Benchmade 551 Griptilian Knife Specs
    Best use
    Straight edge
    3.45 inches
    4.62 inches
    Stainless steel
    3.25 ounces
    Knife blade type
    Locking blade
    Number of blades
    Max blade length (in.)
    Closed length
    One-handed opening
    Handle material
    Blade material

    Benchmade 551 Griptilian Knife

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    Benchmade 551 Griptilian Knifeis rated4.6667out of5by15.
    Rated5out of5byfromBest Knife I Have Ever OwnerdI bought this knife last spring for an Isle Royale backpacking trip. I used this knife for literally everything and it has taken my abuse. It came sharp out of the box and is still sharp. However, after that trip I didn't want to carry it around daily due to it's rather large size. I lost the knife in my house for a while and used a $20 smaller knife for daily use. However I found the knife and decided to carry it everyday because I spent the money on it and it's the best knife I have ever owned. Cuts smoothly and retains it's edge. I will be spending all summer in the Badlands outdoors and I look forward to putting it to the test.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated5out of5byfromGreat KnifeI love the Axis Lock system! The knife is very sharp, and holds its edge very well. The steel is of high quality. It has great grip, and is light weight.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated3out of5byfromtoo much buck, not enough bangI have only owned this knife for two days, but I can already tell that this knife has a quality locking mechanism,a good stainless tool steel,and comes hair shaving sharp.that being said, my only complaint is the handle material. the handle scales are some sort of plastic that feels REALLY cheap and kinda reminds me of how a plastic soda cap feels. This is a big let down and I had higher hopes being that is made a few miles down the road. Im sure its still durable and will preform well, but if your looking for a quality looking and feeling knife this is not your best bet, you can find better for near half the price.
    Date published: 2013-11-08
    Rated5out of5byfromPerfect everyday carryThis is a great knife and I've had plenty of them over the years to compare this one to. For me, it's the perfect everyday carry. It's a great size and stays where I clip it. It looks good, it feels good when using it, and I can't find anything negative to say about it. Get your own and you'll be enjoying one too.
    Date published: 2013-11-05
    Rated5out of5byfromBEST KNIFE I HAVE EVER OWNEDI use this knife several times a day. Easy to clean, easy to open and close one handed, I find it a pleasure to use compared to ANY knife I have ever owned (several dozen).
    Date published: 2013-08-18
    Rated5out of5byfromI use this all the timeTotally worth the expense. I use this every time I camp and have been delighted to have it in my pocket on field trips for cutting rope and performing other random tasks that come up. It's also a lovely knife to eat an apple with.
    Date published: 2013-07-15
    Rated5out of5byfromGreat Knife for All UsesGreat feel to the knife. As I use it in everyday use it does all I ask
    Date published: 2013-05-01
    Rated4out of5byfromGreat knife!I've only had this knife for a few weeks, so this is all preliminary. That being said, I really like the Axis lock on this knife. I can quickly, easily, and safely open and close the knife with one hand. I is very sharp out of the box and feels fine in my pocket even though it's a larger pocketknife. The only thing I would change would be to add tension to the carry clip, it doesn't hold it as securely as I'd hoped. That would give it five stars.
    Date published: 2013-04-25

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