Benchmade Griptilian

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 this week’s Badass Knife of the Week.

The Benchmade 550SBKHG Griptilian features an all-American design that makes even the most hardened knife enthusiast swoon.

This particular iteration of the Griptilian features a partially serrated, black-coated 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 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.

AClosed Griptiliannd 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.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Badass Knife of the Week, check out the Benchmade 550SBK.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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