Benchmade’s line of American made Griptilian Knives is designed by renowned knifemaker Mel Pardue. Pardue, who has been manufacturing knives since the 1950s, clearly put every bit of his experience into them. The knives in the Benchmade Griptilian Collection feature ergonomic, Noryl GTX handles and come with a variety of blade styles to choose from. Each one is lightweight, durable and a fine cutting tool.
Take the Benchmade 551 Griptilian Folding Knife for example. When in the closed position, it is 4.62 inches long and weighs 3.82 ounces. The 0.640 inch thick, textured handle is made with 420J stainless steel liners and sports a dual thumb-stud opener. So it will work well for left and right handed knife enthusiasts. It also sports a praise-worthy, AXIS locking mechanism, lanyard hole and reversible, tip-up pocket clip. In the open position, the knife takes on an overall length of 8.07 inches, 3.45 inches of which is blade. The modified drop point blade is made with 58-61HRC, 0.115 inch thick, 154CM stainless steel.
The Benchmade 550HG Griptilian Knife is the same length and thickness as the 551 Griptilian. It’s also made with the same handle liner and blade materials. However, there are noticeable differences between the two. The 550HG weighs 3.76 ounces and is outfitted with a modified, hollow ground, sheepsfoot blade.
The Benchmade 555HG Mini-Griptilian Knife, on the other hand, sports a 3.87 inch closed length. It weighs a mere 2.56 ounces and measures 6.78 inches when opened. The 2.91 inch modified, hollow ground, sheepsfoot blade is made with the same stainless steel as the 550HG Griptilian. The difference is its 0.100 inches thick. The Valox handle is also thicker. It sports a profile that is 0.510 inches of pure Parude ingenuity. Like the others, it features stainless steel liners and a reversible pocket clip as well. Be sure to check-out the Benchmade Griptilian Collection for yourself.