The Benchmade Mini-Griptilian 555BKOD S30V is a practical EDC pocket knife, designed by Mel pardue. Ever since its first version many years ago the Benchmade Griptilian is definitely a classic in the knife world. Its ergonomic handle, perfect for both left and right-handed use, combined with different opening mechanisms and blade shapes make the Griptilian a legend in the pocket knife world.
This Benchmade 555 Mini-Griptilian has a blade shape which resembles a sheepfoot shape. You open it with the royal thumb hole and Benchmade's famous axis lock locks the blade when opened. The handle is made from Valox. This is a brand name for a specific type of FRN (glass-reinforced nylon) which feels great in hand, is strong and doesn't weigh too much. In 2019 Benchmade decided to upgrade from 154CM-steel to CPM S30V steel making the Mini-Griptilian even better. CPM S30V is one of the few types of steel that is specifically developed for knives. It retains its sharpness well, and is very corrosion resistant.