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Every day carry knife review: The Benchmade Pink Griptilian

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So who would carry a wimpy-looking lockblade with pink grips? Me, and a lot of other people concerned about urban camouflage and breast cancer.

by Leon Pantenburg


The handle is well-designed and ergonomically suited to most hand sizes.

I killed one bird with two stones when I ordered a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian with pink handles for my daughter Mary. I was looking for an emergency kit knife, and am always supporting cancer research.

Mary just graduated from high school, and this fall is college-bound to southern California. A guy who authors a survival/preparedness website should start by preparing his family, so I am setting up an earthquake preparedness backpack for her.

I didn’t need to buy anything. And I haven’t needed a new knife for well over 25 years. Then I saw a Benchmade Griptlian lockblade folder with pink grips.

Novelty or cute, celebrity knives leave me cold. But part of the reason I got a pink knife was for urban camouflage and to discourage theft.

What tough guy wannabe or gangbanger will steal a knife that makes him look like a wimp, or worse, sensitive?

But this pink Benchmade is a quality fighting knife in the battle against cancer.

In 2007, Benchmade, an Oregon company,  produced The Pink Griptilian, an edged tool designed for such things as gardening, camping, hiking, fishing, or everyday carry.

Ten percent of the wholesale profits from the pink knife go to the Oregon Health and Science University Cancer Institute in Portland, Ore. to benefit the Breast Health Education Program.

“The pink Griptlian was designed for women who have a need for an edged tool,” states Emily DuPlessis, Benchmade public relations coordinator. “I carry my knife with pride knowing a portion of our sales are helping breast cancer patients all over the world.”


Maybe pink is not a good color for macho-types.

Benchmade estimates the annual donation to the OHSU Cancer Institute will be greater than $10,000. The company will continue the partnership for the life of the knife.

I regularly donate to cancer research and a special non-profit foundation anyway, so even the very-admirable sentiments behind the knife didn’t sway me.

Here’s why I bought one.

To start, here are the specifications:

• Action: Thumbhole Folder
• Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
• Blade Style: Modified Sheepsfoot W/Ambidextrous Oval Thumb-Hole
• Blade Finish: Hollow Ground Satin Plain Edge
• Handle Material: Molded Zytel
• Locking Mechanism: Axis Lock
• Carry Method: Moveable Black Stainless Steel Pocket Clip
• Includes Lanyard Hole
• Blade Length: 2.9″
• Handle Length: 3.75
• Overall Open Length: 6.75
• Weight: 2.6 oz.

Unboxing the knife showed it to be of the quality I expect from Benchmade. The Axis lock functions smoothly, and locks in with a satisfying, solid “click.” The blade was shaving sharp out of the box.

After using the knife for a variety of tasks, I found several outstanding attributes:

The steel is 154CM stainless. 154CM is a premium grade stainless steel developed and manufactured in the United States by Crucible Materials Corporation. Crucible 154CM is a modification of martensic stainless steel type 440C to which has been added molybdenum. It was originally developed for tough industrial applications.

This material should make a good, durable choice for a survival knife in an urban setting. It holds an edge well under normal use.

The blade is 2.9 inches long, which is more than adequate for most everyday uses. Mary’s knife will be most likely be used for cutting pizza, slicing bagels, spreading peanut butter and other things associated with dorm life.

The blade lock is sturdy, and is going to be as safe as any blade lock can be. Nothing, of course, can overcome bad knife handling and stupid moves.

Pink Griptilian

The Griptilian is a good size for everyday carry.

The pocket clip holds well, and allows the knife to be carried securely and discretely in any number of pockets.

Benchmade makes good knives here is the United States, and  the company has a good reputation for quality products. Anything they produce will do the job it’s intended for.

Just like you can’t tell a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a knife by its handle color. I predict my daughter will be using this handy-sized lockblade a lot.
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