-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
To me the Griptilian series as a whole is great. Speaking of the Mini-Grip in particular, The knife is just rock solid in quality, construction, and execution.
You can get get Griptilians in a few different configurations. I have a combo edge Tanto version and also a combo edge drop point in the non standard D2 steel (Cabelas only ed.). To be honest, the Tanto blade just seems useless to me but I thought I should at least own one to try it out. Using it more or less cemented my feelings about them, It's just not that great for utility. If they were made made for sticking people... well, that's fine, but I don't get why manufacturers put them on little knives. That said, the 154CM steel they used for most of the Griptilians is more than adequate. Sharpens easily, takes a razor edge, and holds an edge well. I am much more fond of the drop point blade. Benchmade did a very good job with this blade in making it very functional. Tip strength is adequate, with a good amount of usable belly sweeping back from the point. It also looks very pleasing to the eye. I would like to say now that I personally don't find the combo a very good deal. I almost never use the serrations on the job, and besides, a good sharp blade can do a fine job with fabric. If you need to saw something though, serrations will help... however, the 1" run of them on this 3" blade won't really do the trick. Serrations can be tricky to maintain as well. Sharpening them correctly is difficult, especially if you get the black coating on the blade and don't want to mess it up. I would say stick to a plain edge, at least for small EDC knives. I am also not a big fan of the D2 steel on the Cabela's edition knife. Don't get me wrong, it's not too hard to sharpen, and it does seem to take a VERY keen edge and even hold it longer than my other knives, the problem is that it just seems brittle. I have gotten more than a few teeny chips out of the blade. I would like to think it isn't user error because I never have that happen to my other knives during similar use. Just be a little more careful than usual about over cutting or cutting through stuff if against a hard surface.
I love the form of the Griptilian handles. While the full size Griptilians are very ergonomic, the Mini-Griptilians are just a little too small for my hand. If you have to use a lot of power for a cut, you will find that you are transferring that force mostly through your thumb rather than your hand/palm (unless you just grip the knife like a dagger). This is not a problem with the knife design though... just a circumstance of the compact design. The nylon handles are very nice. They are pretty tough and with some periodic cleaning will probably never show any wear. The texture lends itself well to a secure grip. However, if you have tough hands you might not feel that the jimping is of any real significance; It's very tame jimping. The Mini has full length steel liners, which may contribute to the solid, rigid feel of the knife. The best thing about these and some other model Benchmades is the Axis Lock. If you are used to lockbacks, liner locks, and similar conventional lock mechanisms than you will probably love the Axis Lock. It really is nice, and operation is admittedly easier than most lockbacks or locking liners. This is even more of a boon for lefties because it makes the knife 100% ambidextrous. Overall a very solid handle, both study and comfortable.
The function of this knife is good. It's easy to quickly deploy the blade just using the thumbstud, The blade will come out easily and lock up without any play. If you like (and perhaps with a little adjustment of the pivot screw), you can open the knife by depressing the lock and flicking your wrist... just release the lock at the right time or that blade can rebound shut on you. The size of the blade great for accurate cutting and you can slide your index finger right to the end of the blade for more control. The clip is nice and smooth as well as sturdy; no problems at all with it.
I would recommend this knife to anyone! It makes a sexy and impressive EDC. Because of the price I really wouldn't recommend this as a work knife (that's what I call true EDC), but it is more than capable for all reasonable tasks. It feels very high quality and sometimes makes my other small folders feel a little cheap in comparison. Also check out the full sized griptilian if you like this blade... those things are sweet.