Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife - Olive

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Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife - Olive
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Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife - Olive -

A cinch to use and super lightweight, this knife features a partially serrated, coated blade, molded handle and a smooth AXIS™ locking mechanism.

Please Note: This product is not able to be shipped to addresses in New York.

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!


  • Coated, 154 CM stainless-steel, combination-edge blade is strong and sharp enough to slice through food, wire and ropes with ease
  • Silky carrying sheath included
  • Ambidextrous blade is keenly unleashed with a simple push of the thumb-stud openers
  • The strong, spring-loaded AXIS locking mechanism adjusts smoothly for ease of operation
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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 - Olive Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Best Everyday Carry Blade Ever

I have had this version of the Griptilian for almost 2 years now, and even with daily use it is still sharp as ever. The blade has just enough carbon in it to take an edge but not enough to be brittle. The spine of the blade is nice and square making it the ideal part to use with a fire steel. Handle shows only minimal wear after two years of daily carry, and the only part that shows how beat up this thing is, is the belt clip. Excellent locking mechanism as well. One of my concerns when originally purchasing the knife was the durability of the coating. I am just now starting to see the steel under the coating. Even with daily use I have yet to need to sharpen the blade (with a stone etc) i do hone the blade with a kitchen steel and this maintains the edge just fine. All in all if I ever need to replace this knife I can gurantee it will be with another benchmade.
Section 16 Hiker at REI on 04/04/2010

Rugged and Dependable Little Knife

I've attended a couple of tactical trainers with this knife clipped into my vest. It has crawled thru sand, gravel and mud and keeps working. I could hear the grit as I opened the blade, and yes it slowed down the mechanism some, but it could still be done with one hand.
I saw a few other posts said the black wears off the blade and the housing has cracked away. I have not had either problem yet. Actually as hard as I am on things, if it was going to happen I would have thought it would by now.
That said the black on the CLIP is painted over silver and the clip has worn and scratched away along the edges. Not a big deal to me. The clip can easily be removed and painted rattle can black if it became necessary.
For daily carry, sometimes in rough environments, this has been a solid knife.
atimberwolf at REI on 08/08/2011

Virtually Indestructible

I've used this knife for general purposes for 2 years and have yet to sharpen it. The coating is wearing slightly, but the blade is still very sharp. I use the serrated portion of the blade about as much as the non-serrated portion.

The blade opening and closing mechanism is still incredibly smooth. The knife is well balanced in my hand both blade open and blade closed. The grip points are well suited for sweaty and wet hands.

The best part is that it has maintained all of its functionality and didn't suffer a scratch or dent after dropping it 15 feet down an elevator shaft (bizarre chain of events - could not duplicate in a 1000 attempts)...this is the one knife I carry every day.
NeverSurrender at REI on 11/11/2010

buying my third one now...

This knife has become one of the few items that I never am without. When not in my pocket it resides in the bowl by the front door with car keys, ID, CCards and pocket change. The locking mechanism is positive and fail safe, the action to close & open is smooth and very easy. The edge stays sharp for +6 months even with daily abuse. My first knife lasted three years before TSA inherited it (my bad, just forgot it was in my pocket) the 2nd is in my pocket now, the third, which was bought today, will be a gift. While I own several knives, this is the one with me every day. Recommended
Chuck32 at REI on 12/12/2011

Don't Waste Your Time on Anything Else

When people complain about cleaning, its only because the inside needs to be cleaned with a Q-Tip and some rubbing alcohol when there is serious build up. Any problems with the knife (dulling, cracks, or anything else) send it to benchmade and the will fix or replace it. I have had it sharpened once and the clip replaced once over the past 5 years. It has handled heavy abuse by being dropped, used to cut items on rocks (fish mainly), and I have even fallen on it (I got hurt, it didn't). This can handle anything and if it doesn't it is backed by benchmade.
PurdueBoilermaker at REI on 07/07/2008

Probably Best Knife I've Ever Owned

Benchmade makes some of the best knives on the market and stands behind their products.
I've had my knife now for over a year and finally allowed myself to send it in for their $5 sharpening service.

While they had it they:
1. Cleaned it
2. Replaced all the springs
3. Replaced a clip retainer screw I lost
4. Sharpened it
5. And sent it back in less than 2 weeks.

The axis mechanism is very durable and has held up to some tough use over this year.
atimberwolf at REI on 01/01/2014

Very reliable tool!

I've owned this knife for over three years. I bought it to replace a lost knife. In the years I had it while serving as an Army medic, it was a wonderful tool that was always up for the job. I haven't had any problems with the plastic handle. If it's treated like a good knife should be, it should hold up for years of hard use. Cutting combat boots with this knife was always quicker than the issued trauma shears. Great investment, I've got it everywhere I go.
Soupie at REI on 06/06/2008

Great knife!

I have owned this knife for over four years. It has survived countless trips to the mountains, every day use and two combat tours now. Simply stated: this knife has been abused and abused and abused! The blade has never once let me down. Chances are that I will lose this knife before i break it. After all it has been through it still performs as well as the day i bought it. Very tough to beat this knife in the price range it is in.
-JM at REI on 02/02/2011

Great for everyday carry

I carry this knife everyday, in and out of uniform. It has served me well for the past 6 months. Especially useful, beyond the features of the knife that are clear, is the lanyard hole. It's well placed for a tie-down.

The knife does accumulate sand and lint if you carry it every day, and can be difficult to clean. That's not a reason to buy this blade though - I recommend it to anybody wanting to put their knife through the wringer.
Rock 115 at REI on 11/11/2009

Great knife for everything!

The knife is a small perfect low-profile knife I carry around with me everywhere. I mostly carry it around for protection purposes. When I do use it, it is useful for opening boxes, opening mail, or cutting strings/rope. It is very useful to have as an everyday item. Also, you never know when you'll need it for protection.
francisvinh at REI on 05/05/2012

Negative Reviews:

Customer Service needs explanation

Upon purchasing this, and taking it home, I went to Benchmade's web site and found this regarding the "Lifetime" Warranty: "The knife must be...accompanied by the original bill of sale, your charge or credit receipt or any satisfactory proof of the original date of purchase". Excuse me! Your companies good name isn't good enough? Keep the ORIGINAL receipt for a lifetime???Likewise I found this under the FAQ's: "Q. If I pay extra, will you sharpen my serrations"?A. "We do not sharpen serrations on any Benchmade knife currently. Feel free to contact us to confirm prices of new blades."So Benchmade will manufacture serrated blades, and sharpen them at the factory, but they will not support their customers by providing a sharpening service? If I can't trust the factory to recreate the "factory edge", then how can I trust someone else?K_e_r_s_h_a_w will sharpen ALL it's blades. They state: "Will you sharpen my knife"?A. "Yes, we sharpen every knife sent in for warranty service as part of our normal procedure. We provide this service free of charge" And C_o_l_d_ S_t_e_e_l: "Q: Will C_o_l_d_ S_t_e_e_l re-sharpen my serrated knife"?A. "Yes. Just send the knife with (insignificant) payment to C.S. and we will take care of it. Please note that we re-sharpen knives in batches, so it may take up to 12 weeks before your knife is returned to you".But Benchmade wants ORIGINAL receipts, and WILL NOT sharpen their own serrated blades!I have e-mailed Benchmade, requesting a rational for this lack of customer support, and will update this review if new information is forthcoming. But as I told Benchmade in my email, "To me, this lack of support, is a deal killer. I have a specific question for you. Why do you refuse to support your customers who desire a factory sharpness on their serrated blades"?
Camping Squirrel at REI on 12/12/2008