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New EDC knife in the $80-90 range

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by CBennett, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. fastbolt


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    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    My Benchmade 555HGPNK Mel Pardue design Mini Hollow Ground Griptilian has 154CM steel, a 2.9" blade ... and a hot pink handle. ;)

    I picked it up for under $70 at a cop shop, where it was sitting unsold because it was a pink knife in a display case filled with black tactical knives. :rofl:

    I thought it was a deal for the 154CM steel, the Axis lock and the less than 3" blade (as I sometimes travel to a couple places where LB's with blade lengths over 3" are prohibited ... but I can carry a concealed handgun under LEOSA :dunno: ).

    [ame=""] Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Pink Mini-Griptilian Hollowground Modified Sheepsfoot with Ambidexterous Thumb Holes: Sports & Outdoors@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    Larger version (in black)
    [ame=""] Benchmade Knife 550HG Griptilian Pardue Plain Edge Folding Knife with Hole Opener and Black Handle".: Sports & Outdoors@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    Probably find them elsewhere for similar pricing, but speed & cost of shipping probably varies, too.
    Last edited: May 4, 2013
  2. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

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    Rebel South

  3. G26AZ


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    I used to EDC a Spyderco Endura, but then on a whim picked up a Benchmade Griptillian (full size). It quickly became my EDC because of the axis lock system on it. It is the most solid locking system that I personally have ever tried - feels like a fixed blade when its open. but, its also quick and easy to close when you are finished with it.

    I bought my daughter a Mini-Grip (in pink of course) to carry in her purse for times if her date started getting a little too frisky . . . :whistling:

    To me, the Griptillian is one of the best values for the money out there for EDC knives.
  4. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

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    The Northwoods
    well it happend again I have way too much time on my hands so I sent in my 551 to have the blade replaced with a 550BK blade. I'm going to swap that blade with my order from today:

    I think the black blade and black/blue G10 handles are going to look awesome! I love the 500 blade, I have been playing with my spyderco's a lot and the axis lock makes the spydie openings even faster/smoother. I'll post pics once everything comes in.
  5. plp


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    Feb 11, 2013
    Redneck Riveria
    Used to work with Mr. Pardue, somewhere in the shed have a machete he made that weighs a ton. I can't imagine he would've endorsed a pink handle, but then again he always had a great sense of humor. As a surveyor, then again he may have specifically designed it that way for high visibility, now that I think about it it actually makes sense.

    I'm more utilitarian than tactical, have always carried a Victorinox Swiss Army knife as my #1 EDC. They are just hard to beat, tend to use the screwdrivers and bottle opener more than the blades. Very well made, will hold a razor edge better and longer than most 440 stainless, and are typically fairly small. #2 EDC is a cheapo 5" folder that I removed the handle planks from, about 3/8" wide and weighs next to nothing, fits in my back pocket next to my wallet. I can sit all day and never know it is there and open it is about 8", plenty big enough for just about anything that requires a larger blade.