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Griptilian G10 Drop-Point Folding Knife

Benchmade's classic drop-point Griptilian, upgraded with a G10 handle and premium steel for a superior every-day knife. Layered resin handle with raised grip fits perfectly in your hand or glove, and drop-point blade design balances cutting power and durability. Available in plain and serrated blade combinations.

G10 Handle

Product #: Benchmade-551S-1


The Griptilian family of knives remains one of Benchmade's best-selling and utilitarian designs. All Griptilian models sport an ergonomic, light-weight handle with a high-texture grip great for every-day carry. Benchmade makes a variety of blade types with the Griptilian body, guaranteeing one for every use.

Durable G10 handle is made from layers of fiberglass soaked in resin, highly compressed and baked. This process makes the material impervious to moisture or liquid and physically stable under climate change.

CPM-20CV Steel (HRC 59-61)

Excellent edge retention and great corrosion resistance are typically hard to find in one steel, however, they meet here in CPM-20CV. A powder metal steel that takes a fine edge and maintains it, 20CV is a great choice for someone looking for low maintenance and superior cutting performance.

Over the years, Benchmade has developed a special recipe for heat-treating their blade steels. This process maximizes the steel’s molecular structure for a custom toughness and superior performance.

AXIS® Locking Mechanism

Benchmade's patented AXIS® mechanism 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 that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners and is 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 its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS® bar itself.

Sheepsfoot Blade

Sheepsfoot blades feature a straight or gently-sloped blade edge and dull back spine that curves down at the point. The lack of a sharp tip makes sheepsfoot blades popular with sailors for cutting rigging without piercing sails, and with emergency responders for cutting seatbelts without stabbing patients.


Model Name Griptilian Drop-Point G10
Designer Mel Pardue
Blade Length 2.91"
Blade Thickness 0.100"
Blade Material CPM-20CV Premium Stainless Steel
Blade Hardness 59-61HRC
Blade Style Sheepsfoot
Lanyard Hole Yes
Pocket Clip Standard, Reversible, Tip-Up
Mechanism AXIS®
Weight 2.90 oz
Overall Length 6.78"
Closed Length 3.87"
Handle Thickness 0.550"

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Some models are not stocked at Captain's Seattle store, but may be special-ordered from the manufacturer or distributor.

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