Benchmade Mini Griptilian Folding Knife 2.91" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles - 556-1


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Part #: BM5561 | Benchmade Knives
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BM5561: 556-1 CPM-20CV/G10 Drop Point Mini 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 556-1 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: 2.91"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.100"
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61HRC
  • Blade Style: 551 Modified Drop-Point; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Weight: 2.90 oz.
  • Clip: Deep-Carry, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 6.78"
  • Closed Length: 3.87"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.55"
  • 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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Benchmade Mini Griptilian Folding Knife 2.91" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
3 out of 5
Largo Fl
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Handle Material
556-1 gray mini
Super fast shipping!! Knifecenter ROCKS!!! knife arrived a day earlier than projected, probably kc processing. Very sharp upon arrival and very very tight. Had to adjust pivot right away. Material just has a cheap look and feel to me. The texturing goes the same length as the pocket clip and then it gets smooth with an imitation wood grain pressed into it. Now for the pocket clip good lord it's huge on this knife it's bigger than my Z T pocket clips. So big it's intrusive and uncomfortable plus it stands too far off the blade thickness wise. The knife feels much better without the pocket clip at all. The good news is you can carry it in your pocket without a clip because it's small. Excellent blade Steel. No side to side play or vertical play centered well. It just looks like it should be a $25 knife or less. Blade steel makes it maybe 50.
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Folding Knife 2.91" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Ada, OK
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Beautiful knife
This knife is absolutely beautiful and no detail is skimped on. The blue spacers and screws are a nice contrast to the muted gray handle. No blade wobble and easy to open with the thumb or pull back the lock and just flick your wrist. This knife is considerably more expensive that many others and I can see why. The detail, craftsmanship, and material are all first rate. I just use it for normal cutting chores and haven't put it to a real test but I have a couple of Gerbers that I don't mind abusing rather than take a chance to damage this beautiful knife. If I had one wish about it, that would be that the handle was a bit more tacky but then if it were softer, it would wear quicker. I highly recommend the Knife Center and Benchmade..Splurge and get this one instead of buying cheaper ones and replacing them often..
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Folding Knife 2.91" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Winterville, Ga
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
Great little edc and a perfect griptilian version
The g10 is smoother then the regular griptilian and slightly more narrow, 20cv steel holds a fine edge a long time. Have had it for about a year now and am going to pick up a second one. I have over 60 BM(entry level to exclusives) and ALL but one has a free drop blade with absolutely no blade play whatsoever, maybe lucky?, they are tricky to adjust I will say, but if you cannot get a drop free blade with no play, you are over correcting the pivot adjustment, the pivot screw needs to be a finer thread Imo to broaden the adjustment "window" buuut perfect pivot adjustment is possible with patience and in time with experience adjusting a BM is a snap to do. And yes I have had a few be a booger to adjust perfectly but is totally possible. They are pricey, but worth it to me.
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