Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles - 551-1


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Part #: BM5511 | Benchmade Knives
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BM5511: 551-1 CPM-20CV/G10 Drop Point Griptilian
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. The model 551-1 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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  • Ambidextrous Thumb-Stud Opener
  • Lightweight G10 Handle
  • Drop Point 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.
  • Blade Length: 3.45"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115"
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
  • Blade Style: 551 Modified Drop-Point; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Weight: 4.17 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.
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.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handlesrated 5.000 stars out of 5 (7 reviews)
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Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Nl Morris
Salinas, Ca
Aug 07, 2018
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Outstanding upgrade to a great model
I was getting to buy the standard 154CM Griptilian with black blade and OD handle (sheepsfoot blade which is the best option in this model for me) when I came across this one. Yep, almost $180 for a $102-$114 knife, but the upgrades are worth the extra $64: gray G-10 handles feel much better than the standard plastic, the blue liner and spacers really set it off, and the CPM 20CV Steel has to be seen, the edge felt, and cut with to be believed. Amazing knife. Out of the box this feels sharper than both my Spyderco Shaman or Manix 2 XL slicers in S30V, and those are fantastic cutters. Maybe the sharpness is just subjective in comparison to those, but this knife has it all; a superb balance with the gray G-10 scales, great lock, attractive look, and a 3.5” razor blade. The grind on mine was perfect, no complaints.The _only_ point of possible improvement for me would be the pocket clip, which I’d like a fraction tighter, but on the other hand I’ve had some from some makers that are so tight against the body of the knife they’re unusable and will destroy a pants pocket. The clip matches the handle pins and screws in low visibility black, but I’m just paranoid about securing this one, no way I want to lose it.If you want the best Griptilian made, grab this guy and don’t look back, you won’t be sorry.
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jan 05, 2018
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
Wonderful knife for practically everything. You simply just can’t go wrong with this knife!
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
May 07, 2017
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Wonderful Knife, Great Steel, Sharpening Isn't Easy, Buy It
I'll start this off by saying that I absolutely love this knife. I have it as a part of my EDC and it has served me well so far. The G10 handle feels great. It is my first non-metal or non-wood handle, so I was a little uncertain about it when purchasing, but it turned out to be really nice. This was also my first Benchmade knife. I had never been able to justify the price on the knife, but I decided I would try one out anyway. It was worth every penny. Fit and finish is excellent and no blade play to speak of (really none at all, but if you push on it pretty hard with your hand you'll get the smallest bit of movement at the tip). The one thing that wasn't good about the fit and finish is that the blade came a little bit unevenly sharpened. Both sides of the blade (left and right) were sharpened at the same angle, but one side was left on the grinder for a slightly longer period of time than the other. Not immediately noticeable, but noticeable nonetheless, and only at the tip. Also, the blade edge came with some of the marks from grinding still on it (when I say this, I am talking about some marks that, after closer inspection and zooming in, you can see when you look at the picture online, though they look worse online than in real life). At first, I was a little unhappy about that. I had paid good money for this knife, and I'd be darned if I was going to have it come from the factory with an edge that looked unfinished. Also, the knife wasn't perfectly razor sharp. It did all of the standard cut tests (paper and shaving), but not quite as well as I like. I now understand why. I decided that I would put the perfect edge on it and remove those pesky lines that made it look unfinished. After a little bit of sharpening with an Arkansas translucent, there was no change in sharpness, and no change in the marks. I took a medium Arkansas stone and went to work on it with that. A couple hours later, the blade was marginally sharper and I could still see the lines left from the grinding wheel. I called it quits after that, deciding that the steel was too hard to sharpen with stones (or maybe I just can’t keep a consistent angle as well as I thought). A bench sander would be easier, but would still take a while. Now, months later, and after enough use that I would usually have had to sharpen most blades at least a few times, the blade is almost as sharp as it was then. I haven't been really tough on it, though I have done a good amount of cutting on some cardboard, but I've cut enough to realize that this is some really hard, wear resistant steel. To quote a review that I read about the steel elsewhere but didn't quite believe at the time, "it takes the patience of a saint to sharpen". At least, with an Arkansas stone it does. With a grinder, it would be a little easier. With Benchmade’s LifeSharp service, it would be even easier. Whatever few complaints I may have, this is a really great knife. If I got another Griptilian though, I think it might be with a slightly more sharpenable steel. Or I’ll just make use of the LifeSharp service. Only time will tell. Final thoughts? Benchmade definitely has a customer for life. Also, I would definitely recommend this knife to anyone looking for a solid, dependable EDC knife that they don’t want to have to sharpen very frequently (though if you’re doing work were you’ll have to be using the knife really hard, like cutting cardboard all day every day, maybe look for something easier to sharpen, or use a diamond stone). You won't be disappointed if you buy this knife.
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