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Good things do come in small packages.  That was the case today when my doorbell rang and I discovered a tiny box left behind compliments of the FedEx delivery driver.  Inside the box were two items sent to us from Benchmade.  The two items were the Benchmade Griptillian (551) and their Tactical Pro Knife Sharpener.

Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. set-up shop in Clackamas, Oregon in 1990 (originally founded in California in 1988). Benchmade employs a simple philosophy- “Make it cool, make it solid, make it happen and definitely make it Benchmade.”  For two decades Benchmade has been committed to designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and edged tools.  They continually strive to manufacture high quality products that will deliver superior performance and provide great value for their customers. 

Here’s what Benchmade has to say about both of these items:

Benchmade Griptillian (551) – Our popular Orange-handled Griptilian now features corrosion resistant materials. The X15 T.N Stainless Steel blade has the ability to resist rust in the worst of conditions while maintaining ample edge retention. Now you can use this knife in harsh environments like salt water, and still maintain a sharp edge on the blade. The Orange Noryl GTX® textured handle provides a sure grip and the bold color is sure to stand out. The patented AXIS® locking mechanism allows for quick, reliable deployment.

Benchmade Griptillian Tactical Knife 551 Review - Every Day, Outdoor, Tactical

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  • Locking Mechanism: AXIS®
  • Blade Style & Opener: Modified Drop-Point; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Blade Steel: X15 T.N Stainless Steel (58-50HRC)
  • Handle Specs: Orange Glass Fill GTX®/Color Valox®; Double 420J Liners; Reversible Steel Carry Clip
  • Blade Length: 3.40” (8.64cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115” (2.92mm)
  • Open: 8.07” (20.50cm)
  • Closed: 4.62” (11.73cm)
  • Weight: 3.82oz (108/39g)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.64” (16.29mm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.64” (16.29mm)
  • MSRP: View on Amazon
  • Country of Origin: USA

Also consider, the Benchmade Tactical Pro Knife Sharpener

  • Quick and Easy Field Use
  • Carbide Sharpening Blades
  • Blades Utilize 60° Included Angle
  • Ceramic Honing Surface
  • Lightweight Go Everywhere Carry
  • Replacement Blades Available


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