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BM Mini Rukus or 710? (pic request too)

Capt. Carl

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I am having a lot of trouble deciding which knife to get. I have never owned a BM before and I hear that these are some of the best. There is not much information on the Mini-Rukus that I can find but there is a ton of praise for the 710. I am attracted to the 710's sleek look, but not so much to the recurve blade - although it doesn't look like much.
The mini-rukus is absolutely beautiful. The G-10/Micarda combination is really drawing me to this knife along with the S30V blade steel. What I would like is some advice and information reguarding both knives, along with some pictures comparing the 710 and mini-rukus and a picture of both in-hand. So far, mini-rukus pictures are very hard to come by.


To get a feeling of what I own and like, here is my current collection:
-Spyderco CF BG-42 Military
-Spyderco Calypso Jr. SE
-Spyderco Caly 3
-Spyderco Lava
(I like spydies)
-Al Mar SERE or SERE mini in a month. (How is the mini version?)


Thanks everyone!
 
if you want a nice knife get a doug ritter gripper. it is made by benchmade has s30v steel blade the blade stile is a drop point looks kinda like the sebbie .blade has the same steel too.it has a axis lock can be used by eather hand . look up equipped to survive and they have a article all about it. i have one i use and one i put up incase they quit making it. ask around people have alot good to say about this knife goodluck if you have problems sharpening recurve blades .like i did use the spidedco tri sharpmaker. have fun with whatever you buy benchmade makes good products.
 
That Ritter Grip is one VERY nice knife, but I don't know if I can put up that kind of money for a knife with FRN handles. Sounds silly but a knife such as the 710 seems more suitable for me.
I have the spyderco Sharpening system as well, works awesome. Thanks for the advice nitestocker.
 
The Ritters are great knives - I own several - but Doug won't feel bad. The first Benchmade I ever bought was a 710, shortly after his very positive review when it was introduced.
 
I am leaning towards the 710 right now, but the handle shape looks very similar to the Al Mar SERE and I don't have any experience with D-2 and very little with recurves.
 
the mini-sere is an exceptional knife. Ive owned both the full size, however, i still find the mini getting more use time. Vg-10 is a great steel. Pretty easy to sharpen and holds a nice edge, just remember to keep it clean to avoid rust. For a liner lock it seems to have the best action out there of any other knife with the same locking mechanism.

But then again the mini-rukus is a phenominal knife. Great carry, good steel, you cant go wrong.

Sorry if that wasnt much help =)
 
My 710 has been my EDC ever since I bought it. The G10 has a curious choice in the texturing, it's very smooth, but I nonetheless love it. The M2 blade on mine is awesome, and my D2 one is sweet as well.:thumbup:
 
Check out Reviews for my preliminary impressions of the Mini Rukus -- I'm more impressed every time I use it.
 
I think I've chosen...I am going to get the 710. Down the road I will probably have a mini rukus in my hands.;)
thanks guys!
 
The 710 feels very good in the hand, very comfortable full grip plus the fact that the blade is only about an inch shorter than the handle.

I don't like folders that have too much grip for a small amount of blade.. but that's just me..:)
 
Capt. Carl, if you have a Spyderco Sharpmaker don't worry about the recurve on the 710. Maintaining the edge will be a breeze.
The recurve is has quite gentle lines anyway.

Don't overlook the Ritter Grips. People always often decry the Noryl GTX handle material, but I have found the material to be light, strong and resistant to scratches.

I always use the studs to open my Benchmades and find that the Griptilians are easier to open that the 710/705 because the studs stand further out from the body of the knives and I can get more thumb behind the stud. You can see what I mean from this pic of a 707 and a Ritter Mini Grip:


A 710 with a Doug Ritter-designed blade would be just about the perfect knife for me.
 
i EDC a minirukus and absolutely love it, it handles everything i ask of it easily i would resoment it over the 710 because i have found it to be a more funtional knife particularly in the woods and dressing animals
 
Capt. Carl, if you have a Spyderco Sharpmaker don't worry about the recurve on the 710. Maintaining the edge will be a breeze.
The recurve is has quite gentle lines anyway.

Don't overlook the Ritter Grips. People always often decry the Noryl GTX handle material, but I have found the material to be light, strong and resistant to scratches.

I always use the studs to open my Benchmades and find that the Griptilians are easier to open that the 710/705 because the studs stand further out from the body of the knives and I can get more thumb behind the stud. You can see what I mean from this pic of a 707 and a Ritter Mini Grip:


A 710 with a Doug Ritter-designed blade would be just about the perfect knife for me.

Nice picture! That Ritter grip sure is a beautiful knife. Thanks for the help guys. These axis locks look like a ton of fun, I sure will enjoy it.
 
I have a BM 710 M2. An excellent knife. As a Spyderco fan, I combine a 710 with either MiniManix and/or ZDP-189 Delica (or ZDP- Calypso, or CF BG-42 Military). Any combo works well.
No problem with sharpening (using THE Sharpmaker).

710 is my only BM folder.

Franco
 
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