Custom Mini-Griptilian Handle Upgrade
Do you love your Benchmade Mini-Griptilian, but you're tired of the less-than-premium-feeling handles?
Time for an upgrade!
These custom Micarta handle scales -- available exclusively from KnivesShipFree -- have been machined specifically for the Benchmade Mini-Griptilian and are a direct replacement for the original Noryl GTX handles. They'll completely change the way your knife looks and feels.
All of the hardware you'll need is included. These replacement handle scales fit all Benchmade Mini-Griptilian models (555, 556, 557, 55X).
- Weight: 3.2oz (original Benchmade scales weigh 2.5oz)
- Handle Thickness: 14.6mm (original Benchmade scales are 12.54mm thick)
- Silver hardware
It's easy to install these upgraded handle scales on your Benchmade Mini-Griptilian. The only tools you'll need are two Torx bits (T6 and T10, both of which are available in the Benchmade Blue Box Toolkit).
To help make it even easier, KnivesShipFree has produced two installation guides:
Note: KnivesShipFree cannot warranty any broken or lost parts due to assembly or disassembly of the knife. This is not an official Benchmade product. According to Benchmade's warranty policy, "[The Benchmade Lifetime Warranty] does not cover...disassembly of any knife by any person other than Benchmade's Warranty department...."
While most people dislike the original handle material of the mini-grip, my main criticism was the small size of the handle. I have hands on the small side of medium and the handle of the mini always felt too small even for me. I ordered these scales mainly because they were listed as being a little thicker than the original scales. I was hoping that having a slightly thicker handle would translate into a knife that felt safer in my hand, due to having more control of the blade. Upgrading to micarta would be a welcome bonus. I wasn't disappointed with my purchase and, in fact, it exceeded my expectations. The handle actually has a swell in the middle and flares out at both ends. While these replacement scales are only slightly thicker, the subtle swells in the handle give it a wonderful feel in the hand. With the original scales, the mini-grip naturally fell into a saber/pistol grip in my hand with the back of the handle in the middle of my palm. Now with the new scales, the knife falls between a normal four finger grip and saber grip in my hand and can be easily held in either position comfortably. The swell at the end gives my pinky something to hold on to. In other words, these scales are not only a replacement for the originals, but they have a better ergonomic design as well. On top of that, they feel and look good. Compared to the picture on the website, they are more matte, and the black and grey lines have more contrast to give them that wood grain look, very classy. These scales feel good, look good, feel more ergonomic and were easy to switch out. Definitely worth the money. I'm very glad I got them. BTW. impeccable fit and finish as well. High quality all around. Thanks Knivesshippfree for selling them.