Benchmade Griptilian Knife Review
The company's slogan, "It's not a knife...it's a Benchmade", epitomizes the cult following of the Benchmade Griptilian knife. It's a great EDC knife that is made in the USA.
The Griptilian comes in several blade and handle designs which allows you to get the best edc knife for you. They have blades with serrations, tanto blades and plain edge blades.
Benchmade makes all of their knife with quality blade and handle materials. They also have several innovations such as the Axis lock that they incorporate into their folding knives. Let's take a look at some of the features that are built in the Benchmade Griptilian.
Blade Length and Knife Weight
- 3.45" Blade Length
- 4.62" Closed Length
- 8.07" Overall Length
- 0.115 Blade Thickness
- Weighs 3.82 Ounces
Blade Design Advantages & Disadvantages
Modified Drop Point - The slow con-vexed curve makes for a stronger tip. It also lowers the point to give you more control.
The drop point design also give you plenty of belly making it great for slicing. Drop points are just great all around blade designs for an every day carry knife.
The Benchmade Griptilian also comes in several blade designs. You can get it with the plain edge or tanto blade. You can also get it in the ComboEdge with has a partially serrated blade.
154 CM Stainless Steel - The Griptilian comes with the American made premium grade stainless steel blade. This steel was originally designed for tough industrial applications.
154CM is known for it's all around capabilities. It offers blade toughness, good edge capabilities, and great corrosion capabilites. It's hardened to a 58-61 Rockwell scale hardness.
Handle (Scales) Material
Grivory Handles - Grivory is a glass filled material. Grivory is great for durability and strength and is widely used in the automotive industry.
Normally, I'm not a huge fan of Grivory because it can be plain or slick when wet. However, Benchmade did a really great job on the Griptilian with the texture on these knife handles. Not only do they look good but provide an excellent grip.
The Griptilian comes with a two position pocket clip. It can be carried left handed or right handed. Both ways are tip up only so this is a disadvantage for the people that like to carry tip down.
Opening & Locking Mechanisms
Thumb Stud Opening - The Benchmade Griptilian is a manual flipper. It has two thumb studs on the blade with allows you to flip open the knife left or right handed. You can also flip the knife open by holding the lock in the close position. The Griptialian has a very smooth opening and closing action.
Axis Lock - Benchmade has a unique patented locking system that they call Axis. The knife has a small lock pin that rides in a slotted cutout in the handle and liners. The pin is on a strong spring. It provides an extreme lockout and also ensures the knife won't come open in your pocket.
Probably my favorite feature with the Axis lock is that it's truly an ambidextrous lock. It's as easy to open and close left handed as it is right handed. That's not always true with liner locks.
The Benchmade Griptialian is covered under Benchmade Knives' Limited Lifetime Warranty. They will repair or replace any knife failure due to a defect in materials or workmanship. Simply send the knife back to their Oregon City, Oregon location for warranty.
If you would happen to break a blade and it wasn't something covered under warranty, Benchmade will replace the blade for $30. It also needs to be sent back to Oregon.
- 154CM Stainless Steel Blade
- Good Grip Handles
- Strong Axis Locking System
- Truly Ambidextrous Closing
- Made in the USA
- 2 Position Pocket Clip
- Around $100
The Benchmade Griptilian is a great edc knife. It's a strong lightweight manual flipper that is easy to carry. It's my first suggestion for an edc knife if you are left handed. The Axis locking system is great for this and the thumb studs make for a smooth opening knife.
The Griptilian is in the middle price range for everyday carry knives. You can still snag this great knife for right around $100. Check one out today and let me know how much your love your Griptilian!