Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by orvet » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:59 am

::shrug:: It baffles me that a company could patent a geometric shape no matter what they used I for! ::dang::

I guess Benchmade will just have to settle for having better knifes, IMO. ::nod::
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by garddogg56 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:34 am

REALLY :shock: thats good to know I have good luck with VG-10 in my Dellica4.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by junebug » Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:35 am

most new steels will out perform vg-10 .... it is SPYDERCOS low end steel(similar to a AUS steel-AKA not the best stuff out there) .......
as far as better,knives..... i PERSONALLY disagree. ::super_happy:: i feel SPYDERCO is far SUPERIOR, and they don't even steal BENCHMADES patents. ::groove::
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by philco » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:28 pm

I've sure never thought of VG-10 as "low end steel".
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by orvet » Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:39 pm

junebug wrote:most new steels will out perform vg-10 .... it is SPYDERCOS low end steel(similar to a AUS steel-AKA not the best stuff out there) ......
I didn't know that either. I know some of the AUS are pretty low end, like AUS-6, but I love the AUS-8A Kershaw used in the 1980s. I have a CRKT M16-14 that has AUS-8A steel and it is a workhorse! Great edge retention and it is a knife I have used and abused in me shop. I wish Kershaw still used AUS-8A in more knives. IMO, their AUS6 is pretty humble!
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by jerryd6818 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:47 pm

I doo'ed it with my finger. After the better part of a year of looking, thinking, dreaming, can you really call it an impulse purchase? I've had this one on my eBay watch list for a couple of months and this morning I just said the heck with it and pulled the trigger. It's a yellow Mini-Grip with the modified sheepfoot blade and Spyder hole (I'm clumsy with thumb studs). I would have rather had orange but I believe orange is discontinued and they're EXPENSIVE when you find them, soooooo............ yaller it is.

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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by junebug » Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:40 am

philco wrote:I've sure never thought of VG-10 as "low end steel".

me either, Phil ............ i like the stuff(VG-10) ::tu:: ::nod::
BUT THERE ARE ALOT BETTER OUT THERE ::nod::

note- not saying it is "LOW END"......but saying " it is spyderco's LOW END errrr ENTRY LEVEL steel they use to
produce knives. ::tu::

JERRY, 8) VERY NICE, SAME GRIP I WOULD BUY MA'SELF (555 with SPYDER-HOLE) , JUST A DIFF COLOR....
SO WERE NOT MATCHIES ::super_happy:: :lol: ::tu::


DALE - I READ SOMEWHERE (ferget where now) VG-10 AND AUS8 & AUS10 ARE ALMOST THE SAME EXACT THANG....... JUST DIFFERENT MAKER/STEEL FACTORY IN JAPAN.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by MITCH RAPP » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:15 am

8) Here is a quick comparison chart of the steel compositions in 154CM, Crucible CPM S30V, Takefu VG10, Aichi AUS8 :wink:

http://www.zknives.com/knives/steels/st ... V%252CVG10
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by philco » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:04 am

Good info Mitch. Thanks ! ::tu::
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by MITCH RAPP » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:31 am

8) Thanks Phil! Did you click on any of the items on the left? This one here, has a lot of Great Steel info. ::tu::

http://www.zknives.com/knives/articles/ ... lfaq.shtml
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by philco » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:10 am

MITCH RAPP wrote:8) Thanks Phil! Did you click on any of the items on the left? This one here, has a lot of Great Steel info. ::tu::

http://www.zknives.com/knives/articles/ ... lfaq.shtml
I did a bunch of clicking. Learned a thang or two as well. :)
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by orvet » Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:01 pm

junebug wrote: DALE - I READ SOMEWHERE (ferget where now) VG-10 AND AUS8 & AUS10 ARE ALMOST THE SAME EXACT THANG....... JUST DIFFERENT MAKER/STEEL FACTORY IN JAPAN.

I think a lot of the steels are very close to one another in composition, but from what I have heard the heat treat is what makes the steel preform or not. I had an fascinating conversation with Paul Bos a few years ago at the Oregon show. According to him the heat treat is what makes or breaks the steel in the knife. I guess it is no surprise that Buck routinely gets much better performance from their 420 HC than many companies get from their 440C.

I think a great heat treat on 440 can out preform a mediocre heat treat on a much better steel.
I learned from Mr. Bos that the heat treating is more important than the steel itself, within certain limits I am sure.
Mild steel won't make a good knife no matter how you heat treat it! :lol:
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:59 pm

My Mini-Grip came a little while ago. I had handled one at Gander Mountain and I don't remember it being this beefy. Had I bought the one with the thumb-stud it would have been a total bust for me. I'm like'n the mechanics of this Spidey hole a lot. I'm kinda getting used to the looks of it.
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by gino » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:26 pm

Awesome knife Jerry, I own a couple mini grips myself they are a well made trustworthy carry! I need to get one with the hole I think its sweet!
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Re: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Variations

Post by philco » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:13 pm

Jerry I still think you're going to love that knife if you'll use it a while and give it a chance to prove itself. I really like the spydie hole and personally prefer it to a thumb stud on the tactical type knives I use.
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