**Restricted to USA and APO/FPO sales**
Why We Like It
Beautifully designed with all the great features of the standard Griptilian with the stylish Tanto blade
The Griptilian Tanto from Benchmade is similar to the popular 551 model, but the 553 features a Tanto style blade. Quality construction combined with rugged design makes the Benchmade 553 an ideal all around folding knife.
Tanto 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: 3.45"
Blade Thickness: 0.115"
Handle Thickness: 0.640"
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel (see below)
Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
Blade Style: Tanto; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs (see below)
Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
Lock Mechanism: AXIS (see below)
Overall Length: 8.07"
Closed Length: 4.62"
Sheath Material: Sold Separately
Class: Blue (see below)
Benchmade Design - Made in 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. T
Tanto- Most tantos seen on the American cutlery market are Americanized formats. Like the Japanese tanto, the Americanized tanto has a high point in-line with the pivot. A flat grind is applied to the point, leaving it very thick and extraordinarily strong. This thick area helps absorb the impact from piercing, as the tanto was originally designed for armor piercing. The front edge meets the bottom edge at an obtuse angle rather than curving to meet it as seen in the Japanese tanto. The only negative aspect of the tanto blade shape is the cutting surface area is sacrificed to gain tip strength.
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.
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.