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Old September 18th, 2016, 05:25 AM   #1
 
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Benchmade Adamas or Griptilion

Been a Benchmade fan for some time and want to get a new edc manual folder made by them. I like the tactical type models. Narrowed it down between the Adamas and the Griptilion. The Adamas is a bit more expensive and it does come with a molle carrying sheath. Help me choose and list any pros/cons if you own/use these.



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Been a Benchmade fan for some time and want to get a new edc manual folder made by them. I like the tactical type models. Narrowed it down between the Adamas and the Griptilion. The Adamas is a bit more expensive and it does come with a molle carrying sheath. Help me choose and list any pros/cons if you own/use these.
Depends on what Griptilian. I prefer the blade shape of the Grip over the Adamas, but I HATE the plastic-ish scales. I'd prefer the Griptilian with the G10 scales over the Adamas. And the Griptilian is more customizable with blade steels and such whereas the Adamas you're stuck with D2. I'd probably go with the CPM-20CV over 154CM but I like both of those steels over D2. But hey if you're digging the Adamas go for it BM knives are the best especially now that they're putting decent grinds on them.
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Thanks smd9mm Forgot to mention that it will be carried as a backup and for light chores like cutting boxes. The plastic scales on a standard Grip are horrible but they actually charge more for a Grip with G10 than a Adamas and the Adamas comes with a sheath. Also considering a Al Mar folding Sere. I actually met Al at a SOF convention in the 80s in Arizona, I can tell you the man had passion for making this knife for Military/Le. Pricey at $225.00 but it may be equal or better than the Benchmades. I will have to do some more reviewing as it is still a tossup. You are right though about BM quality. We can own but not carry autos here and I have a Presidio & a Mini Reflex II and they are both superb autos. For spring assisted I just received a 583S Barrage with satin tanto blade and it is almost as fast as a auto and of course, very well made.
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Thanks smd9mm Forgot to mention that it will be carried as a backup and for light chores like cutting boxes. The plastic scales on a standard Grip are horrible but they actually charge more for a Grip with G10 than a Adamas and the Adamas comes with a sheath. Also considering a Al Mar folding Sere. I actually met Al at a SOF convention in the 80s in Arizona, I can tell you the man had passion for making this knife for Military/Le. Pricey at $225.00 but it may be equal or better than the Benchmades. I will have to do some more reviewing as it is still a tossup. You are right though about BM quality. We can own but not carry autos here and I have a Presidio & a Mini Reflex II and they are both superb autos. For spring assisted I just received a 583S Barrage with satin tanto blade and it is almost as fast as a auto and of course, very well made.
It looks like the Griptilian with G10 (Model 551-1) and CPM-20CV steel is in a dead heat in terms of price for the Adamas (both going for $178.50 on Amazon).

https://www.amazon.com/Benchmade-Gri...enchmade+551-1

https://www.amazon.com/Benchmade-275...1Q0MT4EAJSQDA6

If it were me I'd go with the Grip if it's for backup light duty stuff. The Adamas is a tank of a knife and weighs almost 8 oz where as the Grip is half that. Both are excellent blades for their POU, but I just see the Adamas as a hard use, tactical/duty blade. I'm a steel snob too and D2 is a tool steel, and not considered stainless so it will require monitoring and maintenance if that coating wears off. Additionally it's going to be harder to sharpen. The plus side is that D2 is super hard so it will retain an edge for considerably longer. It's a toss up, they're both excellent blades and like I said before you'd be happy with either I'm sure. Please post pictures when you get it!

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After much thinking and checking I decided on a model 531 Pardue Drop Point Axis.The Adamas seems to be too bulky for what I need and the Griptilon is priced the same as the Adamas. The 531 while not a real tactical knife is slim and light, has a great blade and has G-10 scales. Plus a lot lighter on the wallet than the other two. Thanks for the input. very appreciated.
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After much thinking and checking I decided on a model 531 Pardue Drop Point Axis.The Adamas seems to be too bulky for what I need and the Griptilon is priced the same as the Adamas. The 531 while not a real tactical knife is slim and light, has a great blade and has G-10 scales. Plus a lot lighter on the wallet than the other two. Thanks for the input. very appreciated.
Fine choice! I didn't know much about the 531, but man, 2.1 oz!!! I thought my 940 was light!

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Plus my choice of the black/grey G-10 scales and the plain blade looked good in my opinion. Also love that coffin shaped handle.
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Congrats and nice choice.

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After much thinking and checking I decided on a model 531 Pardue Drop Point Axis.The Adamas seems to be too bulky for what I need and the Griptilon is priced the same as the Adamas. The 531 while not a real tactical knife is slim and light, has a great blade and has G-10 scales. Plus a lot lighter on the wallet than the other two. Thanks for the input. very appreciated.
Nice choice! I am not a fan of the griptillian. Decent knife, but overpriced IMO.
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Thanks Planetcat. The Griptilan has been around for some time. To get a better version you would need to spend more for the one with G-10 scales and better steel. In my mind it does not justify the cost. I know that it is an auto but I paid around the same for my Mini Reflex II as the price of the higher class Griptilion.
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I would check out some of Zero Tolerance's offerings as well. I have an Adamas folder and the fixed blade version. I also have several ZT knives and prefer them. Then again my EDC is a DPX Gear blade, so IDK lol.
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to me the adamas is far more comfortable to handle but that is subjective. I like the look of the adams also
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After much thinking and checking I decided on a model 531 Pardue Drop Point Axis.The Adamas seems to be too bulky for what I need and the Griptilon is priced the same as the Adamas. The 531 while not a real tactical knife is slim and light, has a great blade and has G-10 scales. Plus a lot lighter on the wallet than the other two. Thanks for the input. very appreciated.
Very nice knife!
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Depends on what Griptilian. I prefer the blade shape of the Grip over the Adamas, but I HATE the plastic-ish scales. I'd prefer the Griptilian with the G10 scales over the Adamas. And the Griptilian is more customizable with blade steels and such whereas the Adamas you're stuck with D2. I'd probably go with the CPM-20CV over 154CM but I like both of those steels over D2. But hey if you're digging the Adamas go for it BM knives are the best especially now that they're putting decent grinds on them.
^^^This is my opinion as well. If you are comparing a standard model griptillian to standard model adams, the adams is a better knife, thus the extra expense. As smd said above, if you're willing to add extras to improve the grip, better scales and better steel are almost a must. I am a fan of D2 steel and prefer it over 154cm, and have it on my BM 710. They do a good job with D2, and I think it's a good steel for the Adams. D2's one limitation is that it's not 100% corrosion resistant. I just keep mine clean and dry. BTW, cpm-20v is a phenomenal steel.
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