Benchmade 550HG Griptilian Pocket Knife (Sheepsfoot Plain Edge, Black)
With a strong reputation and a staunch commitment to quality, Benchmade is one of the most respected brands out there, so you shouldn't be surprised that one of Benchmade's most popular knives is one of our best sellers.
The Benchmade 550BKHG Griptilian features an all-American design that makes even the most hardened knife enthusiast swoon. This particular iteration of the Griptilian features a plain-edged, black-coated sheepsfoot blade that'll turn heads. A convenient thumb hole allows for quick and comfortable engagement of the 3.45-inch 154CM steel blade.
Using Benchmade's patented AXIS locking mechanism, the hollow ground modified sheepsfoot blade locks into place when the tang is firmly wedged between a stop pin and a spring-loaded bar. Not only is this widely regarded as one of the best locking systems ever but people frequently obsess over the AXIS Lock.
And there's a reason the knife's called Griptilian. The black Noryl GTX handle is resistant to slippage and comfortable to hold.
Some added jimping around the handle gives you extra security, ensuring you have complete control while working with the knife.
The Griptilian is one of the all-time greats in terms of pocket knives. As evidence of its impact and popularity, the Griptilian comes in a range of options and even has several mini versions.
The 550HG, 551 with drop-point blade, and 553 with tanto blade are the standard sizes. Each of these has its own variations in blade finishes and handle material.
Although it costs more than some of the budget knives on the market, the Griptilian is worth every penny.
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (154CM)|
|Handle Material||Noryl GTX|
|Lock Type||AXIS lock|
|Pocket Clip Included||Yes|
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