In June, we took a survey to learn which pocket knives our readers believe should never be discontinued. Respondents were asked to name as many or as few pocket knife models as they wanted, and no brands or blades were off-limits. 404 respondents named a total of 268 models and the average respondent named 4.1 pocket knives. 53 out of 404 respondents said the Benchmade Mini Griptilian should never be discontinued.
Mel Pardue, custom knife maker and senior design team member at Benchmade, is responsible for several great Benchmade blades. The Presidio, the 530, and the Reflex all have their fans, but Pardue really struck gold when he drew up the Griptilian series. Built from the ground up for EDC, the Benchmade Mini Griptilian offers a lot of horsepower in a tiny engine. The rounded handle scales and omnipresent jimping keep it in your hand no matter what the conditions. The Axis Lock is smooth, ambidextrous, and, after more than 15 years in production, extremely reliable. It isn’t flashy, but when it comes to something you can count on to do what you need, the Mini Grip is at the top of its class.