Reviewed 10/28/2013 by abu uzayr
-Price Paid: $100.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months
Believe it or not - I still don't own a Griptilian, coming to think of it, I don't own an Endura either! So several months ago I seriously started considering aquiring a Griptilian. The ones on the Benchmade website that you can semi customise really started to appeal to me. I was toying around with the idea of a D2 blade with multi-coloured handles - one side yellow, the other orange. Then the H2O Griptilian and a beige / desert tan handled, black sheepfoot blade appealed to me. When I finally took a 1000 mile flight for business I had an opportunity to handle the last 2 Grips. The hollow plastic handle that deformed slightly when I white-knuckle gripped the Grip! didn't impress me. Neither did the obese thickness of the hollow handles - I think the concept behind the Endura - light plastic handles with a slim profile are better than overly chunky, light plastic handles. My 2 Matriarchs and some other slim handled Spydercos a testimony to this. So there I was, depressed as hell, because I was starting to dislike the Griptilians on offer - even though I loved the overall concept, the shape of the blade, the axis lock, the handle ergonomics, I simply loved the look of a Grptilian. Then I laid my eyes on the Bone Collector 15020 - in D2, green G10 handle scales, skeletonised full steel liners, axis lock - basically a Griptilian on STEROIDS, a SUPER Griptilian. Needless to say it's been clipped to my pocket ever since. The action is buttery smooth and this truly is a one-handed opening and closing knife. The D2 blade is great, cuts like a lazer - even though I would have preferred CPM-D2, but now I'm just being full of crap, the D2 is more than adequate for all my needs. I intend using the Bone Collector a my work knife, but still opt for my Benchmade LFTi in CPM-M4 when I really need to abuse a folder, as it proved itself in Yemen a couple of years ago. Just need to get over my "new knife novelty" so that I can use it like I hate it (but sharpen it like you love it). Overall the 15020 is one hellava knife!