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

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Part Number: BM5561
Manufacturer: 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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5 out of 5
Mike L
Houston, Tx
Jan 18, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality
Cons: None
Blade play
First of all this knife is amazing. With that being said, it did come with a little side to side play. As does almost every benchmade I've ever purchased. Let me be the first to tell you, if you want your blade to hang super loose and flop around like you see everyone have their benchmades set to, expect a little blade play. That's just the way it is! I prefer my blade to be smooth, yet tight and a bit firm. Therefore absolutely zero blade play. When purchasing a benchmade it requires a tiny tiny tighten of the pivot screw to eliminate every spec of blade play. If someone's blade is dangling down when open and they say there is no side to side, they are either lying, or aren't as snobby as me when it come to that specific issue. I wish someone would have cleared this up for me years ago. So to anyone new to a benchmade, don't worry your knife is amazing. Just tighten it a very small amount.
5 out of 5
Dec 05, 2016
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: None
A lot of knife in a small package
I'm in a suit during the week and work on a small farm on the weekend, so I use my EDC for everything from opening letters to cutting rope. I was hesitant to use the 556 because I prefer larger knives, but pulling out a larger knife at work is kind of awkward. I started carrying the standard 556 and it grew on me fast. It does tough jobs with ease, fits the hand well, and is comfortable to wear in slacks, shorts or jeans. Have a few 556-1's on order and can't wait to try it out. The steel is tougher, the handles are better quality, and the looks are better.
1 out of 5
Mike C
Victoria , Bc
Oct 07, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Overall Quality
Terrible Quality Control
Heard how great Benchmade was so I decided to get the 556-1. Now don't get me wrong, the knife is amazing.! It is the sharpest knife I have ever recieved out of box. The deep pocket carry clip is awesome and it looks great......that is untill I looked inside where the blade is. There are 3 screws sticking out into the frame at different lengths.??? How this got past Benchmades obviously non exsitant quality control is beyond me.? One screw is about 10 thousands of an inch away from touching the blade. Lol. It's not funny but it is. I will take these screes out and file them down because this knife is worth it. I cannot give it a better rating than 1 tho because I spent alot of $ on this knife and it was put together by an incompotant builder. Back to my Spydercos where nothing like this has ever happened..
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