Redesigned for a superior edged, Benchmade's 550HG Griptilian Sheepsfoot Knife is favored by Rescue & EMS professionals for its speed, safety and durability.
Benchmade makes one of their most popular folders even sharper. With its comfortably rounded full-size textured grip and large thumb hole (instead of studs) in it’s extremely strong 3 ½” Sheepsfoot blade, the 550HG Griptilian® is easier to handle, open, and use while wearing protective gloves.
The modified Sheepsfoot blade configuration has made it an ideal choice for EMS and Rescue professionals for several reasons. The 154CM stainless steel blade delivers exceptional strength, great corrosion resistance, and dependable performance. The longer, curved cutting edge is extremely effective for slicing applications.
The lack of a point at the tip makes it both less intimidating and less likely to injure a frightened crash victim when you’re trying to slice through a seatbelt or cut away restrictive clothing to treat a wound.
Benchmade has improved this popular, specialized blade configuration by giving it a hollow ground, which makes the blade thinner and therefore yields a sharper cutting edge with little sacrifice in durability. The glass-fill Noryl GTX® resin handle has 420J Stainless Steel liners for added strength and rigidity.
A reversible steel pocket clip lets you carry the knife on whichever side you prefer. You’ll be ready for practically anything with this knife by your side.
- Pardue design. Made in the USA.
- Compact size for versatile carry
- 3.5” Sheepsfoot blade of premium 154CM stainless steel, hollow ground for a thinner, sharper edge
- Large thumbhole allows easy one-hand opening, even with gloves
- Ambidextrous AXIS locking system lets you flick the knife open or lock it fast with either hand
- Black glass-fill Noryl GTX® resin handle with 420J stainless liners for added strength
- Reversible pocket clip for comfortable carry on either side
- Satin finish blade
- Blade Length: 3.45"
- Blade Thickness: 0.115"
- Blade Material: 154C Stainless Steel (550T: 440C)
- Handle Thickness: 0.510"
- Blade Hardness: 57-61HR
- Blade Style: Hollow Ground modified Sheepsfoot, Ambidextrous Thumb-Holes
- Weight: 3.25 oz
- Clip: Tip-Up, Reversible, Black
- AXIS Lock Mechanism
- Overall Length: 8.07"
- Closed Length:4.62"
You only need one hand — either hand. Benchmade’s patented AXIS® system will lock the blade securely into place until you slide the button on the handle to release it. With a closed length just over 4.5”, and only 3.25 oz, this, lightweight, ambidextrous knife is comfortable to use, with or without gloves. And it’s always ready for tough duty.
Like all Benchmade Blue Class knives, the Griptilian was designed and built for the individual who appreciates the difference that a high-quality cutting tool can make. These premium quality US-made products represent the heart of everything that is Benchmade.
154CM: An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality. HRC 58-60.
SHEEPSFOOT: This blade shape has no point on the tip, little to no belly, and a spine that curves down to meet the edge. It is used in applications where slicing is the main requirement and a point is either not needed or would actively get in the way.
It’s the top choice for emergency rescue knives because the lack of a point prevents the rescuer from inadvertently injuring a victim who is being cut free from something restrictive.
NORYL GTX®: A modern engineered plastic offering high-strength, minimal flex and optimally lightweight properties. Molded to form.
AXIS®: A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS 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 which rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spanning the liners and 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 it’s inertia to engage the knife tang, and as a result the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.
Reversible Carry-Clip comes installed on the right side (or non-Benchmade logoed side of blade) of AXIS knife products for right side pocket carry. If you prefer to clip-carry the knife in the left side pocket, it is important that you remount the carry-clip on the other side of the knife handle. This is recommended for ideal access and optimum user safety.
Benchmade Black Class products are designed, developed and tested for extreme duty. They are the preferred cutting tools for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Elite Military Troops around the globe.