Recommendation, mini barrage vs mini (edit) presidio 2 axis

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I am looking for a backup to my lefty inkosi. I want a knife that I don’t have to worry about losing and something slightly heavier duty.

The two I am looking at are the presidio 2 axis and the mini barrage with s30v.

A third option would be the mini grip with awt hive scales. I know the hive scales are heavier, but I’m not sure if it fills out the hand more than the regular g10 scales which I find too small.

Thanks!
 

BMCGear

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The Presidio II is HUGE in comparison to a mini barrage. Do you mean the mini?
 

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The Presidio II is HUGE in comparison to a mini barrage. Do you mean the mini?

+1, the mini Presidio is a good size. It's more of a "medium" size, in between the mini and large Grip.
 
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Dont have the barrage, but the mini presidio2 is perfect in my hand, like a glove. Really love the knife, with only 2 minor complaints:
1) The wedge (not sure im using a proper word here :)) on the spine goes too far & makes it too thin, digging into the finger when reaching far on the blade.
2) Pointy butt end digs into thumb in reverse grip
 
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Dont have the barrage, but the mini presidio2 is perfect in my hand, like a glove. Really love the knife, with only 2 minor complaints:
1) The wedge (not sure im using a proper word here :)) on the spine goes too far & makes it too thin, digging into the finger when reaching far on the blade.
2) Pointy butt end digs into thumb in reverse grip

Thanks for the input. I can imagine that the swedge would start to irritate your thumb after using it for a while. It looks like it goes down the majority of the blade. I wish it stopped closer to the tip of the blade!!
 
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The mini Presidio 2 is one of my favorite sub 3.5" knives. Although not as "tactical" I often swap it out with a 112 w/fg.
 
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Yeah dont get me wrong mini pres is a great little knife. Things i mentioned are minor imho.

Might also look at mini loco. Depends of how it fits your hand.
 

TiHawk60

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Mini-grip is actually quite a bit smaller than the mini-presidio II. The full-size grip actually compares closer to the mini-presidio, so if you're going for that size range, I'd skip the mini-grip, personally.

The mini-presidio II is one of my favorites as far as axis flipping goes. Of course, each one will vary, but I almost always have to tear-down, polish washers, oil and reassemble myself to get it there.

Also, keep in mind the Barrage is assisted opening (which can be removed). I don't have a mini-barrage, but do have 3 full-size ones that I quite like, especially my custom one in 20CV / G10 / de-assisted (also flips great). The standard handles on the Barrage, being that hollow-molded FRN or whatever, just doesn't feel good to me when flipping de-assisted, but that's just a personal opinion.

So, anyway, of the choices you listed, I would say mini-presidio II UNLESS you were going to go custom shop mini-barrage with the G10 and your choice of steel, then de-assist (IMO).
 

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I'm a fan of the Presidio but have never had the Mini. For me two variables should be considered when looking at deciding between these two.

1. Handle Material - do you prefer G10 to aluminum or vice versa?
2. Assist - are you cool with an assisted knife?

Everything else is pretty similar.
 
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Thanks for all the input. I have toyed around with the custom shop and I like the mini barrage w/blue G10 grips and black blade! Is the de assist something benchmade will do for you or something that can be done easily on your own?
 

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I have heard they will do it for you, but it is also doable on your own. Get a nice little Torx bit set (T6, T10 on that one, I believe) and check a YouTube video for reference - I know there's a few. It's way easier to de-assist then re-assist hehe.

G10 gives the handles a nice solid feel.
 
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De-assisting is fairly easy, re-assisting - not so much. It's doable, but make sure the wife and kids aren't around as you WILL swear.

 
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