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


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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 (8 reviews)
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Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 1 stars out of 5
Robert M
Jul 25, 2020
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material, None
Cons: Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Benchmade Griptillion 3.45/CPM 20 CV steel
You would think i should learn by now but I am persistent in my stupidity. This is my third benchmade and its junk like the previous two. Lured by the looks and the steel and the axis lock. The axis lock is soooooo stiff you need a wrench and two hammers to release it! The knife is dull dull dull. Yes i can put an edge on it but why bother. Maybe they should buy some Speyderco knives to see how to build a decent knife! I would be ashamed to work for this company!!!
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Andy K
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 25, 2020
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Move over PM2?
I NEVER thought I’d ever say these words but I think I might like this knife better than—gulp—my beloved PM2. The action on the Grip is absurd. It is lightning fast. Faster than the PM2. Maybe because it’s because the blade is slightly heavier but it deploys like butter. And I got the version with a spydie hole and not thumb stud. The G10 on the Grip is much smoother than the PM2 and more comfortable in the hand. The sheepsfoot blade is excellent and I prefer it to the leaf blade on the PM2–although you can’t choke up on the Grip like you can on the PM2. I may slightly prefer the compression lock on the PM2 but the axis lock and detente on the Grip are really solid. The blade bangs back into place—maybe even a bit too easily. And the axis lock is way easier to deploy than on my Manix 2. But how does it cut? Well, it’s in 20CV compared to S30V so what do you think? This Grip cuts like a dream. Move over PM2, there’s a new sheriff in town. Well done Benchmade.
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.
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