Benchmade Mini Griptilian AXIS Lock Knife Gray/Blue G-10 (2.91" Satin) 556-1

  • Satin-finished drop point blade made from CPM 20CV steel.
  • Dual thumb stud opener.
  • Gray G-10 handle scales.
  • Secure, ambidextrous AXIS lock mechanism.
  • Reversible tip-up pocket clip.


The Mini Griptilian is a Pardue designed folding knife that utilizes the AXIS lock mechanism, which makes the knife easy to open and close for right and left hand users. The modified drop-point blade has dual thumb studs and the deep carry pocket clip can be reversed, making the Griptilian folder an equally amazing knife for right or left handed users.

This model, the 556-1, has a satin finished drop point blade with a plain cutting edge.

Item #BHQ-33456
MSRP: $205.00
Our Price: $174.25
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  • Overall Length: 6.78"
  • Blade Length: 2.91"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11"
  • Blade Material: CPM 20CV
  • Hardness: 59-61 RC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 3.87"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.51"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Gray
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 2.90 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Crossbar Lock
  • Brand: Benchmade
  • Model: Mini Griptilian
  • Model Number: 556-1
  • Designer: Pardue
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Camp/Hike, Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

My Favorite
Jeff A. on Jan 3, 2020

Bought this knife on a whim. It is my favorite EDC replacing my Little Native Spyderco after 20 years. The action is awesome, took so getting used to seeming it's a little different than the aforementioned knife. G10 handle is so comfortable and aesthetically, this knife is a looker!

Awesome little guy
Jp G. on Sep 7, 2019

I’m a big guy with big hands. Don’t normally care for little knives. But this little guy packs a punch. Easy to hold and open and razor sharp blade. It also is a looker. Happy I brought her home!

The Little Surprise
Ryan J. on Mar 15, 2019

I had carried a spyderco every day for 5 years when I bought this knife, I was not super impressed at first but carried it because I bought it and now when I go with any other knife for edc I feel like I am missing out. A winner for sure.

A beast!
Matthew C. on Mar 14, 2019

This little guy is basically a perfect edc knife. The g10 is way nicer than the frn handle of the base model and the 20cv steel holds up to all my daily tasks without needing to be sharpened frequently.

Super Knife
John S. on Feb 15, 2019

My wife needed a hiking/camping knife and this knife is it. Incredible blade; very durable. Can't report on sharpening it yet. A light touch up is very straightforward though. The G-10 handle is very solid - another plus to this knife. Very easy for her to operate.

At first, I wasn't a fan, but now I love it
Kevin M. on Jan 7, 2018

This was my first Benchmade, and the first time I had held a mini-grip. And like others have mentioned, its a lot smaller than you would expect. But I got used to that fast, and the three and a half finger grip I can get on it is super comfortable for my large hands (though my father can't stand it, so to each their own). The axis lock is amazing (though one of my omega springs has broken, and I need to send it in for warranty, hence the 4 stars). The CPM-20CV steel really is an amazing accomplishment. It gets super sharp and stays that way for a very long time. The problem is getting it sharp; like other super steels, it can be a bear to sharpen, so if you don't have a good sharpening system, or aren't experienced, but like a sharp knife, you might want to look elsewhere. The G-10 really is an improvement over the plastic handles. It feels better, and looks better, to the point that I've used this knife as a mid-range dress knife as much as an EDC. If you can afford it and can sharpen it, I think the 556-1 is a great improvement over the normal 556, in basically every regard.

Great knife
luke g. on Jan 5, 2018

I love knife I would rather buy this knife than the normal grip the g10 feels a lot better than the scales on the normal but the pocket clip sucks it bends REALLY easy and the screws strip really easy too so it's wise to buy an aftermarket titanium pocket clip other than that it's the best knife I own

My first Benchmade
Bryan T. on Sep 14, 2016

Here are some things to be aware of with the Benchmade Mini-Grip 556-1. I bought it online instead of at retail store and never held it before purchase. One reason why to buy in person instead of online but it is what it is. Here is what I learned after I opened up box. It is smaller then what I envisioned from videos, and specs where it felt more petite when compared to my other 3in blades that I collect. I have small hands for an adult male so I would have thought the mini grip would have been the one I would have liked best but after a few days I opted to return it for either the larger 551-1 or maybe even a different knife design. If it would have been at least 1/2inch bigger overall length it would have fit my hand better. Another point that I would have liked to have known is that the G-10 surface is pretty smooth/slick which feels good to rub your finger across but in the real world made me apprehensive that I wasn’t securely able to hold onto it. Wish it had a little more scuff to its surface. The combination of it's small size and the one handed axis lock operation with the ease of flipping the blade open and closed added to fear of flipping it out of my hand. Overall I like the Axis lock feature where this is my first Benchmade and the 20CVsteel is the best attribute of this knife. I am really impressed with its edge out of the box and it reflects that “super” steel look and quality.

Yes.. yes.. and YES..!!
Khiem David T. on Mar 23, 2016

Hey Guys, I've been into knifes for just over a year now. And since I've started to look at them, I've always wondered what was all the hype about the mini-griptilian. I was not fond of the plastic handles so I promised myself the day they have one with G10 scales, I'll definitely buy one. .. and I did. .. and I still don't know what's all the fuss about this knife and yet.. I love it and I'm about to buy a whole lot of them. The feel in hand is great. The axis lock works as advertised. I do have to say that the out of the box the blade was not centered properly. Honnestly, it doesn't matter to me. However after flicking it for a couple of weeks,it started to have some blade-play when closed to the point where the blade could easily touch the liner when opening with the thumbstuds. Opening was still smooth and the lock was tight and weirdly, no blade-play when opened. I tightened the pivot screw to the point where there was no blade-play at all and I was still able to flick the knife opened and now all is good. If you don't have some yet, I do recommend you buy some Loctite along as apparently there are none on the pivot screw and I'm pretty sure mine will get loose again in a couple of days. Now I'm just waiting a few months but I'll probably have another mini-grip by the end of the year.. Maybe bright yellow with a DLC-coated Sheepfoot blade..!! Cheers.

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