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Benchmade Griptilian 551

An awesome everyday use knife that is the standard bearer for utility pocket knives

SKU# BCHM-000044

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Manufacturer's SKU 551
Manufacturer's Warranty Manufacturing defects - practical lifetime of product
Brands Benchmade
Blade Type Drop-Point
Edge Type Plain Edge, Serrated
Blade Length 3 - 3.99 inches
Handle Color Black, Brown, Olive Drab, Orange
Opening Mechanism Thumb-Stud
Feature / Environment Made in USA

Why We Like It

The everyday carry knife that many others copy, available in many colors and blade combinations


The Benchmade Griptilian modified drop-point knife combines the unmatched function of the AXIS locking mechanism with the simplicity of a molded handle design it's a new species of knife. Safe, reliable, smooth, and affordable, the Griptilian is available in plain and combo edge versions, as well as with a BT2 blade coating. Unleash the 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)
  • Black Handles: Noryl GTX, Other Colors: Grivory
  • 420J stainless steel liners and a reversible steel pocket clip


  • Blade Length: 3.45"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.640"
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel (see below)
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Modified drop-point (see below)
  • Weight: 3.25oz.
  • Clip: Black, reversible, tip-up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.07"
  • Closed Length: 4.62"
  • Sheath Material: Sold separately
  • Class: Blue (see below)


Benchmade Design - Made in the USA

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.

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.



Customer Reviews

Favorite Folder Review by Alex

This is by far one of the best EDC knives for the money. I've carried mine for over three years and it has yet to fail me; I never go anywhere without it. The serrations are wonderful and as others have mentioned, it holds an edge very well. My only gripe is that I wish it sat a little lower in the pocket, but it's not too big of an issue.

Overall, great USA made knife. Best EDC for the money. Highly recommended.

(Posted on 10/17/2013)

Best EDC knife I've found Review by Mike

I've carried this knife for two years, both in my jeans as an EDC knife and in the backcountry as my primary tool. It holds an edge amazingly, the action is smooth, and it keeps working even after being dragged through sand and mud. A great knife all around. Plus, Benchmade will sharpen the knife for free if you mail it to them.

(Posted on 3/8/2013)

EDC Knife of choice Review by Haddon

Although I didn'y buy this knife from US Elite ( I should have, I would have saved about thirty bucks), I have carried it as my EDC knife for about a year. Fit and finish are excellent, holds an edge well. Quality at a great price

(Posted on 10/15/2012)

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