Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Knife

Let’s just be honest for a bit, who doesn’t need a great pocket knife?

Benchmade answers that question with a knife that clearly states that everyone needs a quality knife in their pockets all the time.  They’ve combined their manufacturing with a Mel Pardue Designed 2.91″ bladed knife.  They call it the 556 Mini-Griptilian.

Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian

Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian

The Mini-Griptilian comes with a 2.91″ blade, with options including a plain edge or a combo-serrated blade.  They also offer a couple models with the Benchmade BK1 coating, a black(ish) coating that assists with corrosion resistance, even in saltwater conditions.  The design includes the Axis lock mechanism which locks the blade open by a spring loaded sliding steel bar.  The sliding bar has thumb nubs on both sides of the knife casing making the Axis Mechanism completely ambidextrous.  Do take note that it doesn’t lock the blade closed, and there is no safety on the knife blade.  Benchmade answers this concern with a pocket clip that (while removable) can be changed to the opposite side of the knife casing, allowing you to safely carry the knife in either the right (default) or left pocket safely.  This is accomplished very simply by removing 3 small allen screws and swapping them along with the clip to the opposite side of the knife casing.

Speaking of the casing, the casing is made with stainless steel liners, though the outside portion (that you hold) is made of Valox, their reinforced resin with excellent stiffness, strength and stability.  The blade itself is made of 154CM stainless steel, which is American made, specifically noted for it’s toughness and durability.

The design itself is made by one of Benchmade’s lead designers, Mel Pardue.  According to Benchmade, he has been creating knives for over 25 years.  His designs typically include simplicity and great utility features for many everyday pocket knives.

With all these features, why not do a long term test on this knife as well, right?  Well, that’s exactly what Just{elation} is doing.  New updates will follow with updates in 1, 2, 4, 6, and 12 months!

Product Being Tested:  Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Knife

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