It's the Benchmade 555HG Mini Griptilians... and they have evolved for 2007. The Benchmade 555HG features hollowground blades and ambidextrous round thumb-hole openers. With multiple colors, your Grips just got a little wilder... Grrr!
- Ambidextrous Round Thumb-Hole Opener
- Lightweight Molded Handle
- Hollowground Blade
Blade Length: 2.91 in.
Blade Thickness: 0.100 in.
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
Blade Hardness: 58-61HRC
Blade Style: Hollowground Modified Sheepsfoot; Ambidextrous Thumb-Holes
Handle: Black Glass Fill Noryl GTX / Color Valox Handle Scales
Overall Length: 6.78 in.
Closed Length: 3.87 in.
Clip: Tip Up, Reversible, Black
Lock Mechanism: Axis
Weight: 2.56 oz.
154CM- An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for turbine blades in jet engines. The predecessor to ATS-34, which has now seen a strong resurgence in the knife market. Good corrosion resistance with excellent toughness and edge quality.
Axis Lock: A Benchmade exclusive, this patented AXIS locking mechanism is an ingenious marvel that has been touted by some as quite possibly "the strongest folding lock ever." It's the culmination of four years of "tinkering" by renowned custom knife makers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams. So simple yet so functional. The features of the AXIS lock are significant and greatly enhance the function of knives. First and foremost is the strength. This lock is definitely more than adequate for the demands of normal knife use. A close second to strength is the inherent AXIS advantage of being totally ambidextrous without user compromise. The blade can be readily actuated open or closed with either hand- without ever having to place flesh in the blade path. Lastly, and certainly not any less impressive, is the indescribable "smoothness" with which the mechanism and blade function. By design there are no traditional "friction" parts to the AXIS mechanism, making the action the much smoother. And it's all reasonably exposed so you can easily clean away any unwarranted debris. Basically, AXIS gets its function from a spring-loaded bar that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife; spanning the space between the liners and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped notch cut into the tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its 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.
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