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Benchmade 550-1 Griptilian 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Sheepsfoot Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles

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Part Number: BM5501
Manufacturer: Benchmade Knives
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Description
BM5501: 550-1 CPM-20CV/G10 Sheepsfoot Griptilian
Benchmade
 
A Benchmade classic upgraded with G10 handles and premium steel.

The Griptilian is born of custom knifemaker Mel Pardue's passion for functional designs. You release the creature's ferocity with a thumb stud. At the very heart of the Griptilian, is the exclusive AXIS locking mechanism. This modern marvel gives life to a cutting tool like you have never experienced before, especially in a lightweight folder. Rock-solid ambidextrous function is sure to tame the most die-hard of traditionalists. And you can grab onto the lightweight, handle with its grip-textured surface and rib covered spine that grabs you right back for a "can't let go" grip. This model comes with gray G10 handle scales, blue G10 accents, blue barrel spacers and a reversible deep carry pocket clip for right or left side carry. The blade steel has also been upgraded on this model to CPM-20CV stainless steel. CPM-20CV is virtually identical in chemical composition to Benchmade's current M390 steel but is made in the US by Niagara as opposed to Bohler which is based Austria. It offers better edge retention but is not quite as tough to resharpen as M390.

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Features
  • Ambidextrous Thumb-Hole Opener
  • Lightweight G10 Handle
  • Sheepsfoot Blade Shape
  • Multiple Configurations Available
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • AXIS A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100-percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar which rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spanning the liners and positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar it's inertia to engage the knife tang, and as a result the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.45"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115"
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
  • Blade Style: 550 Sheepfoot; Ambidextrous Thumb-Hole
  • Weight: 4.13 oz.
  • Clip: Deep-Carry, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.07"
  • Closed Length: 4.62"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.61"
  • Class: Blue
  • Made in the USA
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Mike
Conifer, Co
Mar 10, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Amazing Craftsmanship
The quality and craftsmanship on this knife is utterly amazing. Best folder I've ever held. The G10 handles are not quite as "grippy" as the finer checkered G10 handles of an Emerson or Spyderco (as expected), but they have a better grip than the stock Griptillian handles. My only complaint with this knife is that it is engraved as a first production run (xxx of 1000) and now I will be forced to buy yet another identical knife for my EDC carry! In regards to EDC, this knife is surprisingly lightweight and it meets the 3 1/2 inch concealed carry legal limit for my state. This knife deploys fast (super smooth action). The only thing that would make pocket deployment faster is the Emerson wave feature, but I refuse to take a Dremel tool to this amazing blade. It looks like zip ties are in the future for me.
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