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Why We Like It
Aside from the model number - 556 - we like it because it gives you a good gripping surface and good control of this pocket sized everyday carry knife.
The Benchmade Mini Griptilian Knife combines the unmatched function of the AXIS locking mechanism with the simplicity of a molded handle design in a smaller more manageable package than its big brother. Safe, reliable, smooth, and affordable, the Mini Griptilian is available with a combo edge and an available BT2 blade coating. Unleash the Mini-Griptilian's performance with a simple thumb rotation. The hand settles naturally over the palm-swelled shape and its textured skin.
Modified drop-point blade with ambidextrous thumb-stud opener.
- AXIS locking mechanism with dual thumb-stud opener
- 154CM stainless steel blade (58-61HRC)
- Valox handle with 420J stainless steel liners and a reversible steel pocket clip
- Blade Length: 2.91"
- Blade Thickness: 0.100"
- Handle Thickness: 0.510"
- Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel (see below)
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Modified Drop-Point; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs (see below)
- Weight: 2.56oz.
- Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS (see below)
- Overall Length: 6.78"
- Closed Length: 3.87"
- Sheath Material: Sold Separately
- Class: Blue (see below)
154CM - An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.
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.
Drop-Point - A slow convex-curved drop in the point characterizes a drop-point blade. The drop-point format lowers the point for control but adds strength to the tip. Usually coupled with plenty of belly for slicing, this format is often used for hunting knives. It is also a fantastic all-around blade format. This blade shape can be found on a wide array of knives.
Class - Blue Class represents the heart of everything that is Benchmade. These USA made products are designed and built for the individual who appreciates the difference that a high-quality cutting tool can make.