Benchmade Griptilian

Being occasionally guilty of buying something just because it is a great deal, I’ll admit I picked up this knife more on an impulse than pure need. I normally carry a myerchin folding rigging knife, however I had felt some want for something with a bit more point, and a more comfortable grip with out a marlin spike.
So when amazon sent me an email with some items “I may like”, the only comfort to the hook they set in me was the attractive sale price. I received the knife quickly and put it to work at home with the normal tasks, opening packages, cutting fruit or cheese, etc. It has proved easy to open and close with one hand, and the full non serrated blade came very sharp. Personally I prefer a non serrated blade over a combination blade. They are easy to sharpen and cut smoothly. That being said I am also a big fan of Spyderco’s Atlantic salt, with its fully serrated blade, for line cutting. However for everyday use I vastly prefer the smooth cutting action of a non serrated blade.

20130404-100534.jpgWhile not legal size wise to carry on a plane, this knife won’t be confused for something Rambo might use. I was also happy to get it in a bright orange handle which will make it easy to spot if dropped. Not that dropping it is a real possibility, it lives up to the grip in its name. The handle has a great textured feel and fits nicely in the hand.
Knife closed with peanut can for size reference.


The blade is a high quality stainless as is the partial handle liner. The blade is mounted on large diameter brass bushings, and the connecting hardware is a coated steel. The handle is a fiber reinforced plastic and seems fairly abrasion resistant. Though don’t expect it to stand up to a belt sander. Overall it is high quality knife that I think will stand the test of time.

Knife in hand


Closing with one hand


Side with belt clip, which is reversible.


About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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4 Responses to Benchmade Griptilian

  1. towertodd says:

    I had heard that many gulf companies don’t allow the carry of knives. This must not be true? I just ordered the same knife based on your recommendation and there were lots of great reviews online as well.

    • Most companies have a no sheath knife rule, though some of the drilling companies (most infamously Transocean) do have no knife policy’s. It can also depend on the client your vessel is working for.

  2. towertodd says:

    Thanks for the clarification. A mariner without a knife is like a writer without a pen.

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