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When you go fishing, you take your best rod and reel set. When you go to work, you wear your best pair of work boots. And when you need a knife, you need the best stainless steel knife you can use - the Bentley of blades, the Benchmade Stainless Steel 551 Folding G ... (see full details)   #BMD551.

Benchmade Knives: Griptilian 551 Black Stainless Steel Folding Knife

When you go fishing, you take your best rod and reel set. When you go to work, you wear your best pair of work boots. And when you need a knife, you need the best stainless steel knife you can use - the Bentley of blades, the Benchmade Stainless Steel 551 Folding Griptilian Knife.

Made of 154CM stainless steel (the best material for making knives), the modified drop point blade has a handle that's dramatically finished in black. With a thickness of nearly 0.12 inches, this sleek blade is razor-sharp and long enough to handle even tough tasks at 3.45 inches in length. The entire Benchmade knife weighs only 3.82 ounces, and it will fit easily in your hand. This black knife wasn't made for paring your nails or cleaning the muck out from under your fingers, but instead it helps you conquer tough chores - and it's sharp appearance says that's it's a serious Griptilain knife for serious tasks.

The molded textured grip means that even when you're working, this stainless steel knife won't slip, and the ambidextrous thumbstud folder makes it easy to use, even when you have only one hand that's free. An AXIS locking mechanism helps it stay in place whether it's open or closed. Overall, the Benchmade accessory is just over 8 inches long when fully extended, and it shortens up to about 4.6 inches once it's closed up. It's no small knife, but it isn't too big for you to handle. The black stainless pocket clip makes it easy to carry right in your back pocket or on your belt loop, so you can keep it handy - because you always need a trusty blade. This Benchmade 551 Black Griptilian Stainless Steel Work Knife is the best in the business, because only the best will do.

Blade Length: 3.4"
Blade Thickness: 0.12"
Handle Length: 4.62"
Overall Open Length: 8.02"
Weight: 3.8oz.

All Benchmade Knives are made to order, please allow 3 to 6 weeks for delivery.

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Overview: I have the Benchmade Griptilian model 551SBK....
Overview: I have the Benchmade Griptilian model 551SBK. The 551 series are the Griptilans with the thumbstud. Mine is partially serrated, and has a black coating on the blade, along with a black handle. My review should apply to all of the full sized griptilans, however the ones without the black coating on the blade will not resist rust as well.

First Impression: Got the package in the mail today. Gotta say that Benchmade’s packaging wasn’t what I expected, which gave me a slightly lower impression than at first, but on second thought, it is much nicer than many other knife packages I have seen, and plus, it included a nice little nylon pouch to store your knife in. I also noticed that the knife wasn’t packaged with silica gel, which I would have expected, but at that point I am splitting hairs. Now to the knife: As I opened the knife up for the first time, I noticed a little grease that was on the blade near the handle. Probably to keep water off of the moving parts. Doesn’t look as good when you open it, but I’m glad they did it, and I can always wipe it off. The knife itself feels really solid, however some people may associate the overall light weight to a lesser quality knife. Not true. Its also important to note that, with the right size torx wrench, you can put the pocketclip on the other side of the knife. This makes the knife suitable for lefties, like my brother. Everything else on the knife is symmetrical, making this knife completely ambidextrous.

Fit/Finish: Overall looks really great. Nice coating on the blade, Handle looks good. I suppose that I could split hairs and point out that some of the screws on the knife are slightly worn on the black finish, but nothing that you would notice if you weren’t really looking for it. There are two little dots on the end of the handle which serve no purpose, I assume that they are marks from the molding process. Not a problem though.

Action: This knife opens really smoothly. I suppose the big thing on this knife is the axis lock. I like it, I have heard that it is really reliable, strong, etc. Basically what happens is there is a pin that, when the knife opens, slides forward, stopping the blade from closing. To close the knife, you just pull that back and fold the blade closed. This knife is easy to flip open using the thumb studs, but it seems that most people opt to flick the knife open using the axis lock. If you pull back on the pin/button that I mentioned earlier, the blade pretty much swings freely, with the only thing slowing the blade being the slight friction of the knife rotating on its axis. You can then flick it open, and also closed doing the same thing.

Blade: Mine is made of 154CM steel, and has a black coating on it. There are some variations of the Griptilian that have better steel, but 154CM is still a pretty good choice. Doug Ritter has the RSK griptilan that has S30V steel, with a different blade profile. This is better, of course, but a fair amount more expensive. If you have the money, and want to spend it, by all means get the Ritter Grip. But if that is looking a little pricey for you, go with this and you wont be disappointed. Now back to my knife, the blade came very sharp. Substantially sharper than any other knife I have gotten, but I don’t have an extensive experience with other knives, so I am sure that other knives in this price range are going to come with a nice edge on them. If you regularly hone the blade of this knife after use, then that razor edge should last a long time. As far as the black coating goes, I haven’t had the knife long enough to see how long the coating will last, but I talked to someone at REI who said that he used this knife for 3 years while he was deployed in Iraq, and said the only wear on the coating was a slight bit on the thumbstud from him using his knife all the time, and from the oils that everyone has on their hands.

Handle: At first many people have concerns with the handle. They say it feels like plastic. Well quite frankly, it is. But it is some pretty tough plastic. It grips well, especially with the little pyramid shaped bumps on both sides of the handle, hence the name “Griptilian.” I heard somewhere that it didn’t have metal liners, but it does, so I don’t know what that was about. They go to about a half inch from the bottom of the knife. The clip is a strong good clip, but some people have problems with it. The clip gets a strong hold of whatever you clip it on. When you take this knife out of you pocket, the clip will press your pants against the rough part of the handle, and some people have said that their pants are worn out on the pocket because of this. You can however, put a folded up piece of cardstock or something, like the inserts in a magazine, in the clip and leave it overnight to loosen the clip slightly. You also can take the clip off and lightly sand where the clip touches the knife to round off the grip a little. Make sure you use a high-grit sandpaper, or you will tear up your knife more than you want to.

Size: This knife is a fairly large knife, with a 3.4 or so inch blade, and about 8 inches open and about 4 ¾ inches closed. Not unreasonable though. I tend to find that with smaller knives, I don’t get a very full grip on the handle, so I am afraid to use it for tough tasks. Not a problem with this knife. Some people might consider it large for pocket carry, but that is purely opinion. They do have a smaller model, with a blade that is about 3 inches, so if this is too big you might want to go with that. It should be pretty much identical otherwise. See what you like.

Likes: Overall feel of the knife, good grip, wont slip when wet. Just an overall good construction.

Dislikes: Possible clip damage on pants

Overall: I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t look at other knives, but in the price range, this is what appealed to me. Spyderco makes some pretty good knives, so look at the Delica and the Endura to compare to this. Find a knife shop and handle a bunch of different knives to see what you like in a knife. Then find it online and get it for cheaper. I strongly recommend this knife as a hard-use folder, or just for EDC. I sure like it. Check out the mini-griptilian also.
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5 out of 5
Bought the full size one here at the...
Bought the full size one here at the WPS with the combo edge for 56.66 delivered after 10% coupon. At this price it deserves a 10 rating for the locking system, the sharpness of the blade as well as the overall value and quality. I did slightly chip the blade when I tried to mis-use it as a screwdriver. Something I was able to do with my German Boker without damage. That being said the Boker cut me once pretty bad when it closed unexpectedly during use. Was able to smooth out the blade chip completely when I sharpened the 551. I like the Benchmade better than the Boker and a key reason is the 551 is just not going to close on you by accident with the Axis lock. Kudos to the WPS for selling this knife at such a great price. I will certainly shop here again for sure. Very nice knife!!!
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19 out of 21 people found this product review helpful.
I've carried a Griptilian 551 with OD green...
I've carried a Griptilian 551 with OD green handle and black blade for over 2 years.
One of the best knives I've ever had...quick out of the pocket and lightening fast blade opening.
I currentlt bought some auto knives and the Griptilian is actually faster opening.
I carry mine tip up...pull it out...flick your wrist...BAM! There it I buy a black one with the satin finish blade.
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18 out of 20 people found this product review helpful.

5 out of 5
Good EDC...
I have the 154 CM Combo blade. Use and abuse it as my every day carry knife. Good size but still lite.
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14 out of 14 people found this product review helpful.

3 out of 5
Good all around knife...
Very light, but has a bit of a "cheap" feel and sound to it when opening and closing. I like knives to make that solid metallic clicking when opening and closing. I also think it's a bit over-priced. That said, it's a good knife that I'm sure will last me a long time. It also opens very fast and is easy to close one-handed. Good blade shape too.
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