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553S Griptilian Serrated Tanto Knife


Product Description

Product Description

Born of custom knifemaker Mel Pardue's passion and ingenuity, the Benchmade Griptilian features a functional design that appeals to the collector and amateur alike. And the 553 version of the Griptilian ups the ante on the already revered knife design with a versatile tanto blade.

This iteration of the 553 Griptilian, the 553S, comes with a partially serrated edge on the satin blade. Made out of 154CM stainless steel, the good-looking tanto blade can withstand and conquer even the toughest tasks. It also features a strong, lightweight, and comfortable black handle made of textured glass-filled Noryl GTX.

It's impossible to describe the Griptilian without mentioning the exclusive AXIS locking mechanism. Widely regarded as one of the most reliable locking mechanisms on a folder, the AXIS boasts an ambidextrous design that'll withstand anything you throw at it.

Rounding out the Griptilian is the reversible steel pocket clip for easy carry.

Features & Specs


  • Enhanced Blade-Tip Strength Design
  • One-Hand Ambidextrous Function
  • Stainless Steel Liners
  • Movable Carry-Clip
  • 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.
  • TANTO: Most tantos seen on the American cutlery market are Americanized formats. Like the Japanese tanto, the Americanized tanto has a high point in-line with the pivot. A flat grind is applied to the point, leaving it very thick and extraordinarily strong. This thick area helps absorb the impact from piercing, as the tanto was originally designed for armor piercing. The front edge meets the bottom edge at an obtuse angle rather than curving to meet it as seen in the Japanese tanto. The only negative aspect of the tanto blade shape is the cutting surface area is sacrificed to gain tip strength.
  • 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.


  • Blade Length: 3.45"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115"
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60 HRC
  • Blade Style: Tanto; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Weight: 3.25 oz.
  • Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.07"
  • Closed Length: 4.62"
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Made in the USA