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About the product
A combat legend receives significant ergonomic and performance upgrades. This mini version is faster, better, stronger, and lighter. Made in USA.

Designer: Benchmade
Mechanism: Automatic AXIS®
Action: Automatic-opening
Blade Steel: CPMS30V (58-60 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.20" (8.13cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.114" (2.896mm)
Open Length: 7.48" (19.00cm)
Closed Length: 4.34" (11.02cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.56" (14.22mm)
Weight: 4.133oz. (117.08g)

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Blade Edge Plain
Blade Finish/Color Satin
Blade Style/Shape Drop-point
Clip Type Deep-Carry
Clip Position Tip-Up
Glass Breaker No
Handle Material Black Anodized 6061-T6 Billet Aluminum
Lanyard Hole Yes
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type No
Use Tactical

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A review from: Ryan
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I've always wanted an automatic knife, so I FINALLY settled on this one. (Benchmade has a LOT of different automatic knives!) This is an AXIS automatic, meaning the blade deploys when pulling back on the AXIS lock button. One of the good things about this type of auto-knife design, when comparing it to the button deployed auto-knives, is safety. It's awfully hard to accidentally pull BACK on a spring loaded button to deploy the blade. If you're a "Nervous Nelly", a safety bar on the back strap will lock it closed - or open - and you can ease your troubled mind about accidentally opening -or closing - the blade. But in MY humble opinion, there's hardly any chance at all this baby is gonna open in your pocket and consequently, I NEVER use the lock bar when carrying it in my pocket.

If I had it to do over...I'm not 100% sure, but I'd probably save a few bucks and go with the plain old 575, mini. I think the ease of opening (and closing) with the AXIS lock + wrist flick almost makes the auto-feature needless and certainly inconvenient when it comes to closing it. (It's difficult to close with one hand, unless you push the back of the blade against your leg.) Also, opening a "switchblade" in a crowd can make SOME people uncomfortable. (In fact, there have been times that I "pretend" it ISN'T an automatic knife and instead do a "fake" open with both hands.) But I suppose it depends on the crowd you run with as well as your personality as to whether or not an auto-opening knife bothers you and your "people".

Enough about auto or non-auto...let's talk about the knife now:
### Aluminum scales ###
I've discovered that it feels really solid in my hand. The metal warms to your hands quickly (in decent temps) and feels to my hand like a favorite pair of jeans. It isn't the lightest of my EDC knives. (I have a carbon scaled 940 that I carry when I wear slacks.) But on "jeans day", there's no doubt about what's riding in my right hand pocket!

### Blade shape ###
The spear point blade is strong and solid, although not as "pointy" as some other blade shapes. The edge, of course, is sharp. Not too thick, but not too thin, either. I'd call it Goldilocks.

### Weight ###
At 4 oz., this isn't what I'd call a "gentleman's knife", but it isn't nearly as heavy or as large as it's big brother. Again, it feels great in jeans. Almost too heavy for lighter pants and/or shorts, but I suppose it depends on the person.

### Steel ###
S30v is a great steel, and I like it better than the older 154CM they used on the previous model. In fact, of all the steels I own, I think S30v is my favorite all-purpose steel. I have some blades with higher end steels, but they are harder to sharpen. And honestly, stropping once in awhile is better (to me) than having to work harder (albeit less frequently) on a super steel.

### Price point ###
This is the one area I give the knife a 4 out of 5 stars on. Although I don't know exactly how much money it takes to manufacture a high quality knife like this, I tend to believe Benchmade charges a bit more for their branding than perhaps other companies do. That's not to say that they aren't good knives - they are. Maybe they could come up with a customer reward program for frequent fliers? Buy a knife, get $10 in "Benchmade bucks" for knives between $100 -$150, get $15 in BB's for knives around $150, get $20 for knives around $200, etc. Save 'em up and get a great deal on a knife down the road! Don't expire them in a year, either! It takes time for some of us to save up. That's all. :)
A review from: Ryan
Price
Value
Quality
I've always wanted an automatic knife, so I FINALLY settled on this one. (Benchmade has a LOT of different automatic knives!) This is an AXIS automatic, meaning the blade deploys when pulling back on the AXIS lock button. One of the good things about this type of auto-knife design, when comparing it to the button deployed auto-knives, is safety. It's awfully hard to accidentally pull BACK on a spring loaded button to deploy the blade. If you're a "Nervous Nelly", a safety bar on the back strap will lock it closed - or open - and you can ease your troubled mind about accidentally opening -or closing - the blade. But in MY humble opinion, there's hardly any chance at all this baby is gonna open in your pocket and consequently, I NEVER use the lock bar when carrying it in my pocket.

If I had it to do over...I'm not 100% sure, but I'd probably save a few bucks and go with the plain old 575, mini. I think the ease of opening (and closing) with the AXIS lock + wrist flick almost makes the auto-feature needless and certainly inconvenient when it comes to closing it. (It's difficult to close with one hand, unless you push the back of the blade against your leg.) Also, opening a "switchblade" in a crowd can make SOME people uncomfortable. (In fact, there have been times that I "pretend" it ISN'T an automatic knife and instead do a "fake" open with both hands.) But I suppose it depends on the crowd you run with as well as your personality as to whether or not an auto-opening knife bothers you and your "people".

Enough about auto or non-auto...let's talk about the knife now:
Aluminum scales:
I've discovered that it feels really solid in my hand. The metal warms to your hands quickly (in decent temps) and feels to my hand like a favorite pair of jeans. It isn't the lightest of my EDC knives. (I have a carbon scaled 940 that I carry when I wear slacks.) But on "jeans day", there's no doubt about what's riding in my right hand pocket!
Blade shape:
The spear point blade is strong and solid, although not as "pointy" as some other blade shapes. The edge, of course, is sharp. Not too thick, but not too thin, either. I'd call it Goldilocks.
Weight:
At 4 oz., this isn't what I'd call a "gentleman's knife", but it isn't nearly as heavy or as large as it's big brother. Again, it feels great in jeans. Almost too heavy for lighter pants and/or shorts, but I suppose it depends on the person.
Steel:
S30v is a great steel, and I like it better than the older 154CM they used on the previous model. In fact, of all the steels I own, I think S30v is my favorite all-purpose steel. I have some blades with higher end steels, but they are harder to sharpen. And honestly, stropping once in awhile is better (to me) than having to work harder (albeit less frequently) on a super steel.
Price point:
This is the one area I give the knife a 4 out of 5 stars on. Although I don't know exactly how much money it takes to manufacture a high quality knife like this, I tend to believe Benchmade charges a bit more for their branding than perhaps other companies do. That's not to say that they aren't good knives - they are. Maybe they could come up with a customer reward program for frequent fliers? Buy a knife, get $10 in "Benchmade bucks" for knives between $100 -$150, get $15 in BB's for knives around $150, get $20 for knives around $200, etc. Save 'em up and get a great deal on a knife down the road! Don't expire them in a year, either! It takes time for some of us to save up. That's all. :)
A review from: Tino
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Value
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I finally got my hands on this slick little auto and my only regret is that I didn't order two. This scaled down version of the upgraded full-size Presidio II is barely noticeable in my pocket thanks to the deep carry clip and the machining on the aluminum scales is much more pocket friendly than the sharp edges of the older version Presidio scales. The blade on the knife I received was perfectly centered and the grinds were symmetrical. The cutting edge was wicked sharp out of the box with a needle sharp point and the automatic AXIS operation was flawless. By the way, y'all southpaws out there will love this knife! Move the pocket clip to the opposite side of the handle and this knife operates exactly the same for you as it does for a right-handed guy like me. The spine safety has been upgraded and is much beefier with a heavy tang that blocks the automatic AXIS operation much better than the original auto Presidio design but even if you choose to carry this knife with the safety disengaged I doubt the blade will ever open accidentally. The full length stainless steel liners make this knife feel very solid in the hand and they have large holes drilled through them for weight reduction. The open spine of the handle makes it easy to blow out pesky pocket lint and also allows the innards of the knife to dry out more quickly if they end up wet. In my opinion, this knife is about as close to perfect as it gets for everyday carry in a pocket. I hope Benchmade offers some limited edition versions of this knife in the future. I'll have two of all of them!
A review from: Tino
Price
Value
Quality
I finally got my hands on this slick little auto and my only regret is that I didn't order two. This scaled down version of the upgraded full-size Presidio II is barely noticeable in my pocket thanks to the deep carry clip and the machining on the aluminum scales is much more pocket friendly than the sharp edges of the older version Presidio scales. The blade on the knife I received was perfectly centered and the grinds were symmetrical. The cutting edge was wicked sharp out of the box with a needle sharp point and the automatic AXIS operation was flawless. By the way, y'all southpaws out there will love this knife! Move the pocket clip to the opposite side of the handle and this knife operates exactly the same for you as it does for a right-handed guy like me. The spine safety has been upgraded and is much beefier with a heavy tang that blocks the automatic AXIS operation much better than the original auto Presidio design but even if you choose to carry this knife with the safety disengaged I doubt the blade will ever open accidentally. The full length stainless steel liners make this knife feel very solid in the hand and they have large holes drilled through them for weight reduction. The open spine of the handle makes it easy to blow out pesky pocket lint and also allows the innards of the knife to dry out more quickly if they end up wet. This knife is about as close to perfect as it gets. I hope Benchmade offers some limited edition versions of this knife in the future. I'll have two of all of them!