Regular Mini Griptilian models come in standard, work-ready synthetics – either GFN or G-10. But the scales of the 566-1701 are milled titanium inlaid with wood. Benchmade utilized the flow-through construction seen on their G-10 Griptilians, but added extra flair with barrel spacers and thumb studs made from brass. Even the split arrow clip gets turned up a notch in quality, with a striking smoke gray DLC coating.
These embellishments make for a handsome knife – one that some are already calling the “Grip Million” due to its luxurious construction. It’s easy to imagine most buyers will keep their 556-1701 pristine as a collector’s piece, but anybody who presses the knife into EDC duty will find the same high-performance 20CV steel seen on other recent offerings like the G-10 Griptilians and the Anthem. The Griptilian family offers several blade shapes, but for this model, Benchmade chose the original, classic 2.91-inch drop point.
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