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BM 551 customized by Charles May

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by VCM3, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. VCM3

    VCM3 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 26, 2005
    Good morning BF's. Some of you may know I'm into slipjoints,but I do love all kinds of knifes.
    Recently ,Charles May sent me this Benchmade Griptilian 551 to check out.
    It has a hand made/ground blade by Charlie of D2. Heat treated & flat ground,by him. Hand rubbed satin finish.
    The lightweight - ness & toughness of this popular folder,with an improved blade. It's really sweet . Feel free to discuss the knife here or privately .

    Check it out

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  2. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Wow... hope BM is paying attention. That's an elegant knife. Love my Cabella's Grippie in D2; BM really does that steel well.
     
  3. Night Rider

    Night Rider

    52
    Apr 16, 2018
    Looks like a real slicer. Charles does some fine work
     
  4. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    While promising. It loses big because
    It either needs the Axis lock pulled and blade flicked to open it.
    Or two handed opening.
     
  5. Blacplastik

    Blacplastik

    79
    Sep 7, 2017
    ? You don’t like axis lock?
    What kind of lock do you prefer
     
  6. tony281sc2

    tony281sc2

    114
    Feb 13, 2017
    I think he meant it needs a thumb stud
     
  7. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    There is no thumb stud or Spydie hole for opening the blade.
    So that leaves two options for deployment.

    Pull the lock back and flick
    or two hand slip joint style opening.
     
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  8. Pilsner

    Pilsner Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I wouldn’t call that a big loss, necessarily.
     
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  9. Whitedog

    Whitedog

    808
    Dec 30, 2005
    I like it. Too bad BM does not do any full flat ground blades.
     
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  10. RBid

    RBid

    Apr 6, 2014
    I prefer 154CM, but I love the blade shape and grind. I like the absence of thumb studs and hole, but acknowledge that I would prefer a good one hand open option. The blade is beautiful.
     
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  11. Babyboomer

    Babyboomer Gold Member Gold Member

    48
    Nov 25, 2017
    That's a beauty of a blade. I like that nice clean line that flows along the top of the handle down to the drop point, but without the ramp up that's at the top of the factory blade there's probably no room on this blade for a thumb stud (or a Spydie hole). It's such a nice knife that I guess I wouldn't mind adjusting the lock so I could flick it open -- I can do that with most of my Benchmades already. Is this something he plans to offer normally through his site?
     
  12. Twindog

    Twindog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    Beautiful blade.

    Do you know the edge width at the shoulder and the edge angle?
     
  13. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    Looks sweet ! :cool::thumbsup:

    FFG , D2 and clean looking .
     
  14. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Charlie makes a hell of a knife, and that blade looks great on the Grip. I don't mind the lack of an opening hole/thumbstud as I mostly flip my axis lock folders open anyway. Nice full flat grind and I bet it cuts better than the production blades.
     
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  15. VCM3

    VCM3 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 26, 2005
    Thanks for all the comments. Yes it's deliberately done with no hole or stud. The profile of the folder with this blade looks like one of Charlie's knives ,and the Axis lock is a favorite. Tough,lightweight ,best lock,now it has a razor slicer blade .
     

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