Benchmade 551 Griptilian Pocket Knife (Drop Point Plain Edge, Black)

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The 551 Griptilian from Benchmade is a full-sized folder that perfectly embodies the principles of the ideal pocket knife. Designed by knife pioneer Mel Pardue, the 551 boasts a 3.45-inch blade made of high-quality 154CM steel and showcases fine craftsmanship that'll leave you wishing you had picked up one of these knives sooner.

This particular version of the knife, the Griptilian 551BK, features a plain edge on the black blade, which locks into place with Benchmade's patented AXIS locking mechanism. A black handle with the right amount of grip and 420J stainless steel liners gives the whole knife a strong look.

What really sets the 551 apart from the 550 is the modified drop-point blade with an ambidextrous thumb-stud opener. Its drop point offers up versatility while the thumb-stud allows you to single-handedly engage the knife quickly.

For convenient carry, the knife comes with a reversible steel pocket clip.

Brand: Benchmade
Catalog Number: 496618
Assisted Open No
Blade Color Black
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Length 3.45
Blade Material Stainless Steel (154CM)
Closed Length 4.62
Handle Color Black
Handle Material Noryl GTX
Knife Type Folding
Lock Type AXIS lock
Pocket Clip Included Yes
Point Drop Point
Sheath Included No
Total Length 8.07

Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. set-up shop in Clackamas, Oregon in 1990 (originally founded in California in 1988). The initial knives primarily consisted of the Bali-Song knives, using a combination of outside vendors and inside processing to build finished products. And like most companies, starting out meant scarce money and big plans, using second hand equipment and limited resources.

Soon, a natural born fortitude and an undying passion to make it right and make it Benchmade, prospered into significant growth. As the product line grew so did the in-house capabilities. We began to acquire new machines and technologies including the first of several lasers, making Benchmade the first knife manufacturer to have such equipment in-house. Open minds and positive attitudes would lead to several more industry firsts over the course of the next several years.

This was only the beginning of Benchmade's breaking of new ground in the manufactured knife markets by using non-traditional materials and modern manufacturing methods in not only building knives better but, inevitably building better knives. The Designer Series was first introduced in 1991 with several custom designs being manufactured. By tapping into the custom knife makers' knowledge and combining it with our manufacturing expertise we were more readily able to offer more contemporary knife designs and innovations to the knife users.

Consecutive years of aggressive growth led to the next logical step in 1996 when Benchmade moved into its own 35,000 sq. ft. facility. A contemporary styled building complete with all of the modern equipment and amenities necessary to manufacture what has become recognized as a higher standard of specialty cutlery.

Today, Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. manufactures knives for a loyal and ever growing following of knife users. As we move into the 21st century we are poised for even more exciting opportunities, innovations and ongoing total world-class quality. Here at Benchmade we employ a simple philosophy- "Make it cool, make it solid, make it happen and definitely make it Benchmade."

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