I’m glad someone brought this old thread back to life!
In spite of my earlier posts in this topic I did not post either of my mini Griptillians.
This little knife could be a collection all of its own! A person can probably put together 200 knives just in variations of the mini Griptillian along!
I did a quick check on eBay for mini Griptillian and pulled up well over 200 listings. I saw some with S30V, CPM 20CV and CPM-M4 blade steel though the standard blade steel seems to be154CM. 154CM is a really good steel, especially to be the baseline for the whole series. Upon doing some further reading I see the series was initially offered in 440C but a few years ago was upgraded to 154CM.
The blades seem to come in fine edge as well is partially serrated; there are spear point blades, sheepfoot blades and tanto blades; the blades come in satin finish as well as black; all that I saw feature the Axis Lock mechanism; some models have a thumb stud for opening others have a thumb hole. These are some of the variations I noticed in just a quick run through of the 200+ listings.
I noticed a number of different colors for the handles; black, gray, light blue, royal blue, coyote sand, OD green, pink and yellow. In addition to these factory handle callers there are also the Gold Class Series Mini Griptillians with anodized machined titanium handles and G-10 inlays these come in a variety of colors and prices, starting about $450 and going up to $1195. Those are just the ones I found listed today. There are also some upgraded versions available in limited quantities from about $180-$250.
In addition to all these factory offerings the mini Griptillian seem to have spawned an aftermarket in parts. There are a number of custom handles offered on eBay from micarta to G-10 offered in various colors and textured patterns. There are even a number of custom pocket clips for the mini Griptillian as well as special blue anodized titanium screws to hold on the pocket clips.
How can any knife collector not be excited about a knife that offers so much potential and so many variations to collect?
I may need to build a special room if I start collecting mini Griptillian variations!
Acvtually if I did that I would have to build a special house for me and my mini Griptillians; it would be called the “doghouse