Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife

Priced: $92.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 17 reviews.
Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife
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Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife -

Get a grip on this compact knife, featuring a modified drop point blade, molded handle and a smooth AXIS™ locking mechanism.

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Made in USA.


  • Molded nylon handle is lightweight and easy to grip


  • Reversible pocket clip makes storage and carry easy--just clip it on your pocket or belt and go!


  • Ambidextrous blade is keenly unleashed with a simple push of the thumb-stud openers
  • 154 CM stainless-steel drop point blade is strong and sharp enough to slice through food, wire and ropes with ease
  • The strong, spring-loaded AXIS locking mechanism adjusts smoothly for ease of operation
  • Silky carrying sheath included
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Blade material:154 CM stainless steel
Closed length:3.87 inches
Handle material:Nylon
Knife blade type:Partially serrated
Locking blade:Yes
Max blade length (in.):2.91 inches
Number of blades:1
One-handed opening:Yes
Weight:2.5 ounces

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Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great overall knife!

This is a great overall knife that I've used on camping trips as well as around the home. The high quality 154CM steel contributes heavily to the blade remaining sharp for a long time.

On my camping trips, this knife has done everything from cutting rope to cutting dinner, and it performs well even when it gets dirty.

The Mini-Griptilian size is especially nice for everyday carry, and it makes opening packages a breeze. The best feature of this knife, however, has to be the patented Axis-lock that Benchmade has. The mechanism is extremely smooth and ensures a solid lock, while also making it very easy to open and close with one hand. If you give it a hard enough flick of the wrist, it will open without you using the thumb stud. Very handy when you have short thumbs like mine. While you can do this with almost every folding knife out there, the Axis-lock gives me the confidence that the knife will not open on its own - it remains solidly open or solidly closed.

Unfortunately I lost my Mini-Griptilian while on a trip to Taiwan, so I recommend using the lanyard hole. I plan to replace mine very soon, and for the price this is a great value from Benchmade.
Dukesean at REI on 10/10/2008

flawless. except for the price tag.

I just spent a while shopping around for an everyday carry knife (EDC). I already own a very nice CRKT hunting knife and a few multi-tools, but I was looking for a knife that was small and had a clip on it. I started out with cheap knives (Gerber Mini Paraframe) and worked my way through the gimmicky knives (CRKT Kommer Fulcrum) and wasn't satisfied until I got the Mini-Griptilian in my hands. Weight and balance are perfect, craftsmanship is flawless. The size is perfect - big enough to feel substantial and grip-able, and small enough to be portable and not to scare children and small animals if you have to whip it out in public. This thing is so perfect that I've wasted quite a lot of time just holding it in my hand and looking at it.

I had wanted to avoid buying such an expensive knife but it seems as though with these things, you get what you pay for. Highly recommended - if your wallet can handle it.
Montanan in Exile at REI on 12/12/2010

Fantastic Knife!

This has been my everyday knife for about a year now. I couldn't be happier. The edge has held up very well. Easily the best thing about this knife is the opening and closing action. Opening is super easy, and locks well. Because the hinge is so well machined, you can actually flip the knife closed once you pull the lock-release down. This easy one-handed closure makes the knife really easy to use in tight spots with your hands full.

My only minor complaint is that the clip is a bit awkward. I've sometimes found the knife pulled out of my pocket, say on the upholstery of a couch, or the cables running across the top tube of my bike. Other than that, this knife is about perfect!
Flaanders at REI on 03/03/2009

Worth Every Penny!

Everyone should own a Benchmade knife to experience one of the finest quality pieces of cutlery on the market. Quick & positive ambidextrous thumb stud opening. Spring operated Axis side lock keeps blade locked until released. The size & weight are great for backpacking. One of the lightest, full feature knives available due to the "state of the art" materials Benchmade uses. Great handle feel & extremely sharp. The serrated section cuts through rope & webbing with ease. If you're going outdoors, you need a good knife. Spend the extra money and treat yourself to a Mini-Griptilian. It's as good as it gets. Made in the USA!
San Juan Climber at REI on 01/01/2008

Great knife

I absolutely loved carrying this knife everyday. Smooth operation and never dulled. Unfortunately I left this in the jeans that I packed in my carry-on luggage on a trip to China. Needless to say TSA snagged it pretty quickly.
I plan to purchase a replacement soon, I miss this knife and it has only been about a week.
Note - the clip started looking warn quickly, so I used a fine sandpaper to file off all the black paint (clip only). It ended up looking really cool with the "Benchmade" black paint still visible - I'll do that again too.
Erik the backcountry guy at REI on 11/11/2012

Perfect Knife!

Bought from Bass Pro Shop as a replacement for my SOG Flash II, that dulled easily and had some give in its locking mechanism. The mini-griptilian is the best knife I've ever used. Super easy to sharpen (used the spyderco tri-sharpener) and it holds its edge pretty well. Small and promotes easy knife handling in smaller hands but more than efficient to take on any task (except maybe cleaning your game in the woods). Since I bought this, I don't think I'll ever buy a knife that is not a Benchmade. :0)

Overall, completely satisfied.
triAtrojan at REI on 06/06/2009

Excellent knife for multi use!

This has become my favorite go to knife. I've used it for all types of outdoor camping chores. It has even been used to process wild game into camp chow. I carry it most everyday and even to the office. I feel it would cut seat belts easily in an emergency and I would not hesitate to use it to break a window if necessary. I've abused the blade somewhat on purpose just to see how strong it is. I'm thinking of buying another one - maybe the larger one.
Archie at REI on 04/04/2009

Good Knife

It's hard to get emotional about a knife. But, I'll give an idea on its use. I backpack with it. It's small, light and stays flat in my front pocket. My companion on the trail brings a small multi-tool, need the pliers and scissors. Between us we have it all. Once while hunting I forgot my straight blade and skinned an elk with my Benchmade mini, it did the job. Also the Benchmade mini is good for everyday pocket carry. Don't leave home without it. It's sharp, be careful.
Colorado Way Of Life at REI on 12/12/2013

Great All-Around Knife

The Mini-Griptilian is the perfect all-around knife. It keeps a very sharp blade, has a smooth and secure locking mechanism, and just feels good in your hand.

The only thing it doesn't have is a way to lock the blade in the closed position, but it doesn't come open accidentally, it is just nice to have that feature.

I carry this knife wherever I go: home, out to eat, to the crag. I don't think I'll buy another knife that isn't a Benchmade.
agrigg at REI on 07/07/2008

A great knife

Among fine knives, this is a standout in both function and value. For those who don't get the price, it is because the blade is truly a premium steel and will hold an edge much longer than common, less-expensive knives. Plus the lockup and action are impeccable. Small enough to easily carry, but big enough for hard cutting. Fits the hand well. I am never without it.
like2hike at REI on 07/07/2008

Negative Reviews:

not worth the money

Purchased this knife yesterday. Was in perfect condition when I got it out of the box, but now just one day later there is a loose internal part that makes a metallic clicking noise whenever the entire knife is turned from side to side or up and down. Just tapping on the side of the handle with my finger makes a loud clicking noise. Also, the locking mechanism is very stiff and seems to stick. This was not like this yesterday at all, and I have done nothing but play with it a little (as I do all new knives when I buy them) by opening and closing it.

The knife came razor sharp, sharp enough to shave the hairs off my arm no problem, so I had very high hopes. However, after already having loose internal parts after just one day of extremely mild use, I have decided to return it. I think I will save $50 and just get a Gerber, as I have had many of these and they have all lasted at least seven years with absolutely no problems.
Jon from Denver at REI on 01/01/2010