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Benchmade Mini Crooked River Review (with comparisons to full size)

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by mhanlen, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. mhanlen

    mhanlen

    62
    Aug 21, 2015
    Bought the Mini Crooked River recently, and made a review about it. I own both the full size and Mini and the Mini is my favorite of the two. It translates all the looks to a more pocketable every day carry friendly knife. My reviews aren't the standard table top video review- I spend about 8 hours editing, shooting and writing them. I use them, discuss ergonomics, and throw in some satire and self depreciating humor too. Rated PG-13 language and humor so beware.


     
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  2. jstrange

    jstrange

    Mar 31, 2012
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    That review was goodish.
     
  4. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I’m not a big Benchmade fan but the miniCR is the one that I’m most likely to pick up.

    Loved your review.
    Subd.
     
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  5. Velitrius

    Velitrius

    Mar 3, 2000
    I bought the Bugout based on your review here. I'll buy the MiniCR if they offer it in the gray G-10 later on.
     
  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Nice review, you have a good sense of humour, but I do agree with the less swearing the better aspect as I'll watch youtube videos and hear some words that are not quite family rated, not yours, but others, and if the grandkids are about it does make me cringe and reach for the mute button asap...

    Glad to see the comparison of the two, as I had the original one a while back but found it was too large for my edc needs, but this one seems to be a bit more handy in that respect.

    I did a small review of the original model that I had seen here in this thread

    Any word on when these smaller versions will be released??

    G2
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2018
  7. Lateck

    Lateck

    23
    Dec 16, 2017
    Saw your review on you tube and I am seriously thinking getting one or both.... Darn you!

    Nice videos, keep it up.

    Lateck,
     
  8. mhanlen

    mhanlen

    62
    Aug 21, 2015
    It's a pretty nice looking knife.

    Gray G10 would also be nice looking in the mini too- I agree.

    I think they're all out now... at least most are. I scour eBay because smaller retailers often offer them up earlier than the big guys. Which is how I got this one so early.

    If you don't have any weight requirments, or you work at a place where a 4 inch blade is socially acceptable- the full size is great. I'm a tech who works in hotels, where people wear suits... over 5 ounces is too heavy for a suit jacket, and the 4 inch blade is overkill for tape, boxes, and cutting food.
     
  9. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I was able to handle a mini CR at a shop yesterday. It was hard to put down. Other than a slightly uneven grind, the fit & finish was fine. This may be the best thing BM has on the market right now and it could end up in my pocket this year.
     
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  10. Pilsner

    Pilsner Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Nope. The best thing BM has on the market right now is the full size Crooked River! :p
     
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  11. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Very tempted but what is the thickness behind the edge bevel?
    G2
     

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