Benchmade 557 Mini-Griptilian Pocket Knife (Tanto Point ComboEdge, Black)
If you thought it was impossible to improve upon the highly regarded Benchmade Griptilian, think again. Benchmade successfully compressed all the strength and functionality of the original into the Mini-Griptilian. This small folder, which has a total length of 6.78 inches when engaged, weighs in at a mere 2.67 oz. for an impressive lightweight carry.
The 557 Mini-Griptilian features a popular tanto blade made of high-quality 154CM stainless steel. A thumb stud on the blade allows for quick and easy ambidextrous opening.
This particular iteration of the 557 Mini-Griptilian, the 557SBK, has a partially serrated edge with a black-coated blade that comes in at just under 3 inches long. That's the perfect blade length for the everyday carry that can tackle demanding jobs and excel at nuanced tasks.
Along with the durable blade, this Mini-Grip has a black Noryl GTX handle with a grip-textured surface and a rib-covered spine. Even in slippery conditions, the Griptilian will live up to its name by comfortably conforming to the hand.
Like its big brother, the Mini-Griptilian boasts the patented AXIS locking mechanism that can be operated with either hand. To further provide a truly ambidextrous knife, the Mini-Grip also comes with a reversible steel pocket clip.
|Blade Edge||Partially Serrated/ComboEdge|
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (154CM)|
|Handle Material||Noryl GTX|
|Lock Type||AXIS lock|
|Pocket Clip Included||Yes|
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