1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Griptilians, Griptilikins and Ritters are they worth it?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by panzer, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. souptree

    souptree Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2006
    Messages:
    1,024
    Likes Received:
    0
    I wonder if the Griptilikins would appeal to me more if the dollar was worth 1.5 euro. :shrug: They ARE nice and they ARE pricey, but are they actually overpriced or is the currency exchange just pricing them out of all reasonableness for Americans? :broke: I honestly have no way to judge if they are reasonable or pricey in Euros, so perhaps some of the European members could comment on this. :popcorn:
     
  2. Bear Claw Chris Lappe

    Bear Claw Chris Lappe Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2007
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    1
    [img width=640 height=452]http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc300/landylux/IMG_7139900.jpg[/img]

    Man o Man!!!

    The thought of those orange scales on my Ritter RSK!!!!!!!!!

    O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
     
  3. oranges

    oranges Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,220
    Likes Received:
    330
    Even 1:1... its still high in my opinion.
     
  4. souptree

    souptree Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2006
    Messages:
    1,024
    Likes Received:
    0
    Now if we could get Ti Griptilikins..... :evilgrin:
     
  5. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    1,238
    Likes Received:
    216
    STR can probably do that.
     
  6. LZ

    LZ Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    3,429
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ok...I have waited quite some time before posting in here.
    Let me say first off that I love my BM Mini-Grips, I have or have had almost every model and variations of blade steels.

    I think these are excellent knives for the money, they are very well designed and feel good and solid in the hand, as well as excelling at the tasks they were designed for.

    As for the full size Ritter Grips, I really don't like them. I had heard dozens and dozens of testimonials on their "awesomeness" and "worthiness", so a few months back when an opportunity came up to buy one from a fellow member, I jumped on it. To be 100% honest, I was very disapointed in the knife the second I held it. It felt too light and cheap, especially the handle. Other than the "so-called" upgrade in blade steel (I still prefer 154cm to S30V and D2) it reminded me of a "Cold Steel" $40-$50 knife.......I certainly won't rush out to buy another one....but rather will stick to the much more usefull and solid feeling BM mini-griptillians, of which I EDC regularly....even as I'm writing this.

    That's just my (probably unpopular) 2 cents.....
     
  7. Khemist

    Khemist Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey LZ- thanks for the input. Are you saying the non-Ritter grips have better handles? I've never owned any of them, but the mini-Ritter caught my eye the other day.
     
  8. greenLED

    greenLED Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2006
    Messages:
    5,753
    Likes Received:
    20
    IIRC, they're the same grips (pun intended) - handles, that is.
     
  9. chavez

    chavez Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    992
    All BM griptilians have the same handles. The difference is the mini grips have full metal liners whereas the full size grips have about 3/4 metal liners giving the impression that they are less solid which is why some folks prefer the minis.

    I have three ritter mini grips and one regular mini and think the ritter blades are still a good upgrade for the price. I do wish that in addition to supporting the equipped.org that you would give you a free year membership to kniferights.org which is another Doug Ritter endeavor.

    I would rather buy a custom knife than spend the money on just the Griptilikan scales plus they don't make them for minis AFAIK.
     
  10. carrot

    carrot Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    400
    I'm pretty sure STR refuses to do Griptilian scales.
     
  11. RockyNomad

    RockyNomad Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    594
    Likes Received:
    17
    This is the first time I've seen the Griptilikin scales. Very nice!!! If money was no object I would buy them in a second for my grip. I have the full sized grip and love it. I was not wanting to spend the extra money for the Ritter model. What stands out to me is the ergonomics, feel in the hand, and definitely the awesome locking mechanism.
     
  12. stillphoto

    stillphoto Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2006
    Messages:
    634
    Likes Received:
    1
    Yeah STR has mentioned recently that he wont - as do most other modders.
    I'd take my mini apart to show the milling involved but since it's opening so smoothly after my regrind...I don't want to disrupt it.

    Since Benchmade molds these scales its no issue, but anyone starting off with rough slabs of g10/micarta/cf has their work cut out for them.

    Here's some pictures I found of the work involved
    http://www.chaxknives.com/016BenchmadeGriptilian.html
     
  13. sabongero

    sabongero Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had a M2 full size Ritter and it was great I even had the blade reground by Tom Krein who put a a high hollow grind on it and put a 0.10 edge on it. Man could that thing slice like a lightsabre. It garnered alot of attention too and I ended up trading up with it. Due to the rarity of the M2's I ended up in Strider territory on the trade. Great knife and I wish I didn't trade it now as the value of an M2 Ritter is increasing as we speak! :)