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Benchmade 553S Tanto Griptilian 3.45" Satin Combo Blade, Black Handles

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Part Number: BM553S
Manufacturer: Benchmade Knives
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Description
BM553S: 553S Tanto Griptilian
Benchmade Knives
 
The Griptilian is born of custom knife maker Mel Pardue's passion for functional designs. You release the creature's ferocity with a thumb stud. At the very heart of the Griptilian, is the exclusive AXIS locking mechanism. This modern marvel gives life to a cutting tool like you have never experienced before, especially in a lightweight folder. Rock-solid ambidextrous function is sure to tame the most die-hard of traditionalists. And you can grab onto the lightweight, injection molded handle with its grip-textured surface and rib covered spine that grabs you right back for a "can't let go" grip. The Griptilian also comes with a reversible carry-clip for right or left side carry.

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Features
  • Enhanced Blade-Tip Strength Design
  • One-Hand Ambidextrous Function
  • Stainless Steel Liners
  • Movable Carry-Clip
  • 154CM: An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.
  • TANTO: Most tantos seen on the American cutlery market are Americanized formats. Like the Japanese tanto, the Americanized tanto has a high point in-line with the pivot. A flat grind is applied to the point, leaving it very thick and extraordinarily strong. This thick area helps absorb the impact from piercing, as the tanto was originally designed for armor piercing. The front edge meets the bottom edge at an obtuse angle rather than curving to meet it as seen in the Japanese tanto. The only negative aspect of the tanto blade shape is the cutting surface area is sacrificed to gain tip strength.
  • AXIS® A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100-percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar which rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spanning the liners and positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar it’s inertia to engage the knife tang, and as a result the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.45"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115"
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60 HRC
  • Blade Style: Tanto; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Weight: 3.25 oz.
  • Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.07"
  • Closed Length: 4.62"
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 610953121365

154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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5 out of 5
S. T.G. Reister
Utica, Ny
Sep 19, 2014
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None
Simply, AT LEAST all I could have asked for & more!
The knife performs exactly as I expected, outstanding. The design is flawless, the quality of manufacturing top notch. I use it just about every single day whether at work or just in day to day tasks. As a member of the 11% of the world who is left handed I especially like this design. I've searched for years for a true ambidextrous knife and this is the best candidate for a truly ambidextrous, practical utility blade without any trade offs in design. As a vendor, Knifecenter has definitely won me over. Great prices, great services, & no fear that what the Internet was telling me was too good to be true.
5 out of 5
Tommy P
Sep 07, 2011
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Great Knife!
Just got the knife today and it was all that I expected and more. love the design and over all functionality of it(put it through a few tests and held up superb). only downside is if you fling the blade out real fast the lock sometimes gets stuck
5 out of 5
Jester
Macomb, IL
Feb 22, 2011
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Lock Type, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel
Great
Great product. Easy to handle. Only complaint is that sometimes the button gets stuck after opening and closing it a few times
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