Griptilian Hollow Handles

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by PAPA SMURF 8 ME, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Clan Gunn

    Clan Gunn

    Oct 28, 2012
    When I posted, I was thinking of JB Weld. The lead shot idea I would not have thought of, kinda neat.
  2. Joe58


    Nov 11, 2002
    I like the a Ritter version Mini Grip but didn't care for the scales either. No question about their "toughness" at all, just the feeling and aesthetics.

    I added the Wilkins Ti scales and it really transforms the knife into a different feeling knife. Much more substantial. Of course with that comes more weight but I don't mind a bit heavier knife. But it sure feels and looks better.

    Keyman also makes a great MiniGrip scale that feels very nice too, but with less weight than the Ti. He's posted some very remarkable looking sets.
  3. Elefantener


    Jul 1, 2014
    A picture's worth a post.
  4. mostho


    Mar 5, 2007
    I just don't care. They works flawless and that's what's matter in the end.
    My orange Grip had several missions with me and nver faulted. Just tightening the pivot from time to time.
    The minigrips are absolutely fantastic.

    that's not plastic feeling. Is plastic perception.
  5. Doubletee


    Apr 10, 2013
    I know it's just me but--- I kinda like the "clack" they make!!! :)
  6. WCEDC


    Mar 27, 2014
    I like the sound it makes. I believe they feel solid, but that's since I squeezed the hell out of them before I decided to buy one, and I beat stuff with it occasionally (like ice and windows, not puppies). There's a fairly new thread in the BM section here talking about people filling them with epoxy. I'd try some sort of caulking, maybe silicone, so you can remove it if you'd like.
    You might even go buy some stainless BBs and drop one in each cavity, and encapsulate it with silicone (little silicone, drop a BB, and add more silicone). When it sets, you can take a razor blade to it, and trim the silicone to size and put the knife back together. Just an idea.
    Like I said, I like the sound my Grip makes when I open and close it. It's honestly more of a toy to me, especially when I watch TV - I can't always be cutting stuff.
  7. Redmasta


    Jul 17, 2013
    Fill the scales with bacon fat, then your knife will smell delicious.
  8. shuutr


    Sep 25, 2013
    That's disgusting. But now I'm hungry.
  9. JNewell


    Nov 18, 2005
    Gonna get maggoty... :(
  10. Lighning


    Jun 28, 2012

    (A few here will understand - Hi guys [​IMG])

    I love my grips, both large and small. My plain old black 556 has been in my front pocket every day for well over two years now. Looks solid, feels solid, uses solid. There is not one thing I can honestly complain about with it.

    My 551's however, the feel bugs me (too thick for my taste, and the 'stippling' is too aggresive IMHO), and that bloody sound. Ticks me right off. One day I shall get a set of aftermarket scales for it/them, but for now too much other fun stuff to stick in the back pocket.
  11. Slipperyfish


    Apr 6, 2014
    I felt that way at first, but got past it pretty quick. Of all the knives I have the grip and mini seem to fit my hands the best. The pocket clip just disappears and I become one with the knife. Might try filling the honeycomb with something on one of my full-size grips though. Never thought of it until this thread. Thanks again BF.
  12. ellipticus


    Jan 21, 2013
    In my dream world, the changes I would appreciate would be:
    1. Remove the cheap-looking jimping on the plastic. Substitute with some other textured surface if you must.
    2. Eliminate the ribs and replace with solid plastic south of the axis lock.
    This will improve the balance of the knife in addition to getting rid of the hollowness.
    3. Come up with some sort of better looking joint between the two halves.
    The halves should be flush with each other.
    Or offset the joint like Buck does with their Bantam line to mimic the look of a backspacer.

    Other than that, the scales are fine.
    After having custom G-10 scales installed on a 551, I inspected the returned stock scales.
    Some fine interior molding around the axis-lock, almost looked machined. Nicely engineered.
  13. MobileFireLord


    Sep 25, 2013
    Here is 551-1401 (Griptilian REI Edition) on top.


  14. ellipticus


    Jan 21, 2013
    I'm no stranger to Griptilians, here are mine, L to R:
    C551-S30V --- Standard Production Scales
    551 --- Aftermarket Bone Linen G10 Scales courtesy of Keyman (excellent work!)
    551BK-1301 SHOT Show Special --- G10 Scales
    I like all three knives but I like the aftermarket G10 scales best
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2014
  15. Keyman

    Keyman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 26, 2001
    Very nice trio you have there ellipticus.
    I like the way the those aftermarket scales are the same exact same shape as BM's scales. ;)
    All three are winners, for sure.
    S30V, 154CM & CPMM4 Nice.
  16. DougB2


    Jun 6, 2009
    While I'm a big fan of micarta, I've never had an issue with the lightweight, hollow Grip scales. I own four Grip folders, and since I don't use them for serious chopping, the lack of weight is fine. It's more about how they fit and feel in my hand that matters to me. I've tried making my own micarta scales, had no success, but I did learn some ways to correct my plan. I just need to get the new garage set up again before I try again.
  17. ellipticus


    Jan 21, 2013
    I wasn't sure if it was OK to mention your moniker in my post, Keyman. I have edited my post to include you.
    And yes, having three different steels was intentional on my part.
  18. gastonian

    gastonian Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2012
    Your not alone, I like that clack too! :thumbup:

    Its part of what makes a griptilian a griptilian to me.
  19. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    I appreciate the difference in the feel of g10 scales vs. the hollow plastic feel of the grip scales.
    But I like function over form with my knives. The strength and light weight of the knife are big advantages for me.
  20. dangerhack


    Sep 3, 2014
    hey KEYMAN can you PM me? I've been tryn to contact you to make me scales

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