555HG Benchmade Mini-Griptilian ReviewSeptember 10, 2015
- Great balance between weight and size
- Lasting edge retention
- Premium blade steel
- Superior corrosion resistance
- Valox handle scales can be slippery when wet
The Benchmade Mini-Griptilian is one of the best choices for an every day carry pocket knife as it is a well-blanced knife that can be used and abused without breaking down. The sheepsfoot style 154CM blade and Axis lock require almost no maintenance and the weight to size ratio is perfect.
Folks looking for a larger knife for bigger tasks should check out the full-sized Griptilian. Here’s a review we did on a particular version of that classic model a couple of years back.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The Mini-Griptilian is a simple pocket knife that is built to last and is constructed from top notch materials. It features a stainless steel frame which is screwed into Velox resin handles and a solid, adjustable, pivot pin. Additionally, having 154CM steel in a knife like this makes it even more desirable for the person who plans on using it all the time.
EASE OF USE
The blade on the Mini-Griptilian is sandwiched into the frame with two brass washers that make flicking it open a breeze. It’s so smooth that it’s easy to flick open with one hand without the aid of the thumb hole. Additionally, the hollow ground sheepsfoot style blade slices through rope and meat with little effort. The Axis Lock, a Benchmade innovation, is one of the strongest blade locks on the market and is also a breeze to operate.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Benchmade is known for supplying scalpel sharp knives out of the box and the 555HG is a shining example of that. 154CM steel drives up the cost, but the steel, which has a hardness of 58-61 HRC, is top notch in terms of corrosion resistance and edge retention.
The sheepsfoot blade on this Mini-Griptilian is the shining star. Based on design, it’s a maverick in the field of cutting and slicing. What many people don’t know is that the shape of the blade not only keeps you from stabbing yourself accidentally, but it also lessens the likelihood of snapping the tip off, which is more common with a drop-point style blade while performing similar tasks. Additionally, handle scales can take a beating and will look worn out, but they won’t break.