Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

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Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:45 am

I'm seeing Benchmade Mini Griptilians with different variations of the blade. Some have a thumbstud while others have the Spyderco round hole. Anyone know what the deal is on this?
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by junebug » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:37 pm

I THINK SOME HAVE A OVAL HOLE TOO...... ::hmm::

COLORS...... HANDLE MATERIAL......TANTO,DROP POINT....LARGE,SMALL,MINI IN FRAME SIZE .......ETC....

JUST "VARIETY" I WOULD SAY...... ::nod:: ::tu::

I PERSONALLY LOOK FOR BENCHMADES WITH THE "SPYDERCO HOLE"
OTHERS HATE IT..........

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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:53 pm

Josh, I can certainly tell you I don't have a clue. I've been considering picking up a BM Mini-Grip and would like to be semi-educated before I plunk down the kind of $ they ask for these guys. I lean towards the Spyderco hole. I'm just not good with thumb studs.

How do they get away with copying the Spyderco hole opening system??? Is there no patent on it???
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by junebug » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:07 pm

YEAH JERRY ME TOO..... THE PRICE HAS KEPT ME FROM BUYIN ONE..... FOR A FEW BUCKS MORE YOU
CAN GET A NICER FRAMED BENCHY OR A G10 SPYDERCO..... :mrgreen: ::paranoid::
BUT YEAH, I WANT ONE TOO ,MAN....LOLOLOL

I WANT THE 555 PATTERNED UNIT ::nod::
PLAIN EDGE AND THAT BLADE SHAPE JUST SCREAM GREAT USER TO ME :mrgreen:

I REALLY LIKE THE AXIS LOCK TOO.....

PLUS DONT FERGET...YA STILL HAVE COLOR AND BLADE STEEL CHOICE!!!!! :lol: :lol:
then there is type of pocket clip!!! :shock: ::paranoid:: :mrgreen:

jerry it is my understanding they just rip poor ol SAL GLESSER off......sadly!
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:29 pm

I'm thinking 555 in yellow. I may have procrastinated too long for Orange. :lol:
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by garddogg56 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:04 am

Well Gents here is a 555 Mel Pardue with a oval hole and a improved sheepsfoot blade also a axis lock ::hmm:: I can flip this all day ::nod::First two pic's are with new factory deep carry clip ::undecided:: third pic is with original clip ::hmm::
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by tank » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:38 am

I'm pretty sure they're legal with the hole opening. If it was a lock/frame it would probably break trademarks. It would be like suing for a nail nick.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by fergusontd » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:23 pm

My son-in-law told me that Benchmade as sued by Spiderco for using that hole in the blade, in that it mimicked thier blade pattern. Can anybody expand on this topic! ftd
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by 313 Mike » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:50 pm

There are other knife companies that offer models with a hole in the blade for opening purposes as well. I know for a fact that Buck does. Their Vantage for example is offered with an opening hole.
I believe that Spyderco has a patent on the "round" opening hole. The one on the Buck and the Benchmade are not round.
From what I have read, in order to keep their patent active and relevant, Spyderco has to put the hole on all of their knives, including fixed blades. That is why some of their knives that don't even utilize the hole for opening purposes still have a small round hole in the blade.
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Sorry, not trying to de-rail your thread Jerry! Getting back to the point, I think the BM Mini Grip is a great knife. I have the modified drop point model with a thumb stud, in black, and it is rock solid, flips open easy and smooth, and locks up tight with no movement. It's a great size knife for EDC, and carries easily as well.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by tank » Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:27 pm

I stand corrected, they have a trademark on the ''Spyderhole". I could cut and paste but here's a link explaining it all. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showt ... -nail-nics ::paranoid::
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by jerryd6818 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:52 pm

313 Mike wrote:Sorry, not trying to de-rail your thread Jerry!
Jeez Louise Mike. You're not derailing my thread. A broad question was asked. Broad responses are welcomed.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by junebug » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:47 pm

YES IT "IS" PATENTED BY SAL GLESSER.....
YES , BENCHMADE STOLE IT FROM MR. GLESSER ,THERE WAS SOME KIND OF COURT DEAL,AND THERE WAS A "UNDERSTANDING" IN END(per SPYDERCO.COM)......... THIS IS A LONG RUNNING FEUD ::nod::


MR. GLESSER DOES ALLOW MANY MAKERS TO USE IT....."WITH PERMISSION" !!!!!!!


TONS OF INFO ON IT WITH A QUICK : GOOGLE SEARCH ::tu::
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by tank » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:03 am

One last off topic note that I find ridiculous as trademarking a hole. The website bushcraftusa has trademarked the word bushcraft.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by TonySal » Sat May 16, 2015 3:16 pm

Wondered about the hole- I have a BM 550 with and the mini Grip without- just used BM custom design on their site...
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by junebug » Sat May 16, 2015 7:21 pm

"Wondered about the hole-"



it was robbed from spyderco ::tu::
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