The Griptilian family, designed by Mel Pardue, has etched itself into history as one of Benchmade's top selling and top performing models. Offered in both a full and mini size, this folder knife has earned high marks for all around functionality and value. Thanks to the AXIS locking mechanism, you can feel confident that this knife will operate smoothly and have a solid lock up. This Griptilian model, the 551, comes with a black semi-textured glass filled nylon polymer handle, stainless steel liners and a drop point blade in a satin finish. The 154CM stainless steel blade opens quickly thanks to the integrated thumb studs and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for left or right hand carry options. Made in the USA.