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

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 inch CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles

 

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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
John M
Harrisburg, PA
Jul 22, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Weight, None
New STANDART for Griptilian
I have had the cheap plastic handles Griptilian 551 and it really did feel like crap. The plastic handles had some very sharp jimping at the butt as well. The upgraded G10 handles on this model not only look EPIC but are extremely comfortable. The blue anodized barrel spacers are awesome as well. The handles fills my hand perfectly. Cannot say enough good things about except for some reason it feels like its heavy even though its a bit more than 4oz.
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Billy
Idaho
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.
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Joe
Minnesota
Dec 30, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Love this new Griptilian. Super cool axis lock, no blade play, and with practice, you can open and close it very quickly. Blade comes super sharp. Be careful!
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
Camr
Canada
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
Outstanding
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
Harper
Va
Feb 02, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Excellent blade, very sharp
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife 3.45" CPM-20CV Satin Drop Point Plain Blade, Gray G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Andrea
Phoenix, AZ
Mar 09, 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
What a knife!
551 improved in every way, G10 super smooth and grippy, open scales, new steel. Absolutely outstanding knife, you won't regret it!
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 1 stars out of 5
Robert M
Oklahoma
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!!!