Never had a problem with mine.
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Just picked up a Griptilian, and was wondering about the blade tip up way that it carries.
Has anyone ever had one open up when pulling it out of the pocket?
All of my other knives carry tip down, and I don't want to get spiked by my new knife.
Never had a problem with mine.
In the heat of the moment, what matters is what your body knows -- not what your mind knows.
Tip Up is the way to go. If you reach deep with your thumb and grip the bottom of the clip with your index or middle finger your hand is perfectly positioned to open the blade with a flick of the wrist.
I've never had any of my Axis locks open until I opened them.
Carried mine everyday for the past 5 years and never had a problem. Love the knife. It was getting a little dull so I recently sent it in to get sharpened by Benchmade. For $5 in shipping I got what feels like a new knife.
I just got one. My last EDC knife was tip down, so it took a little getting used to, but I like this one much better.
You can move the clip. I have carried a griptilian daily for the past four years. Mine is still tip up, but opening to the rear/back of my pocket. That way I have no chance of catching the blade with my hand if it did open.
My first Benchmade was a tip-up design. The first week I had it, I kept it in my back right pocket - the same pocket I carried my wallet in. After paying for dinner, I shoved my wallet back into the rear pocket where my knife was. My wallet caught the thumb stud and opened the blade slightly. As I pushed my wallet down, the tip of the blade jammed into my index finger (the top side of the hand, not the palm side). I still have a very visible scar at the base of my index finger just above the first knuckle. That factory edge is sharp and went straight to the bone! Needless to say, I was stupid and have since moved my wallet to my other rear pocket.
Lesson: keep those pockets clear of anything except your knife and you should be fine. I have carried a tip-up Benchmade every day for the last 8 years, and that was my only incident.
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I can't stand tip-down knives. I have a really nice spring assisted Benchmade-Hk knife that I love, but I don't carry it because it's tip-down. Tip-up is the way to go for me. I have a Griptilian and it's my favorite knife. tied a zip-tie through the thumbstud hole so it WILL open when pulling it out of my pocket. It's actually preferred, by me anyway.
I did the same thing SigHawk did. Also moved my knife to other back pocket and had no issues for 2-3 years.
"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." – Luke 22:36
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I use a paracord lanyard to eliminate the possibility of cutting myself. You can learn to make one in about 5 min on Youtube.
I keep my Griptilian 550HG tucked into the back seam of my right front pocket. Easy access and the spine being against the seam of the pocket means that it can't ever open up on me.