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Steelcraft mini Glimpses have arrived!!!

Discussion in 'Todd Begg Knives' started by Nephilim Killer, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    685
    Mar 12, 2016
    I, for one, would like to see a pic or two of this knife in hand. It looks too small for 4 finger grip and that forward choil looks to narrow for safe finger grip. That is all keeping me from picking one up.
     
  2. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I have large hands but carry small flippers 90% of the time. The Mini Glimpse is a comfortable hold. The blade choil is best used for pull cuts because if you push forward you could cut yourself.

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  3. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    685
    Mar 12, 2016
    Awesome. Perfect pic. Thx. Gonna look for one now. Yeah, I figured that choil was too shallow. Shame they did not make it wee bit bigger.
     
  4. Nephilim Killer

    Nephilim Killer

    456
    Mar 7, 2012
    This knife is designed for small hands. This knife fits fine with the hand size it is meant for. Some designers make minis for larger hands but we make minis and want to keep the lines. If we were to make a mini for larger hands the lines would need to accommodate the smaller size.
     
  5. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    685
    Mar 12, 2016
    Make sense. No problem with that at all. Decided to pass cuz a tad too small. And the full is too big. Maybe the right one will land someday. Beautiful knives regardless.
     
  6. Nephilim Killer

    Nephilim Killer

    456
    Mar 7, 2012
    The good news is we have a nw model coming out in our Steelcraft line that is a 3.25 inch blade which might be perfect for your hands. :)
     
  7. Otto Carpenter

    Otto Carpenter Gold Member Gold Member

    364
    Jun 24, 2016
    I understand size isn't a determining factor, but $400 for the Mini and $350 for the full-size version? Why the price differential?

    Disregard - I see why: Reate produced the Mini, while WE produced the full-size Glimpse. The Reate-produced Mini also has Titanium handles with inset CF, while the WE full-size Glimpse uses G-10 and CF. All things considered, I can understand the price increase.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2018
  8. ScaryTerry

    ScaryTerry

    13
    Aug 12, 2017
    Thank you for the mini review! I went ahead and picked one up and I have to say it is a very nice little knife. Size wise it is about as big as a Rat 2 just a tad bigger. I love the blade shape and that was one of the main reasons I wanted the Glimpse or mini glimpse. It almost reminds me of the insingo on a Chris reeves knife. Reate has an amazing fit and finish as always, perfect Carbon Fiber inlay and the action is super smooth and getting smoother as it breaks in. the only issue I have with it is the blade did not come very sharp. Which isn't a big deal although at the $400 price range I would want a shaving sharp blade. I have sharpened s35vn before and in my experience it sharpens to an incredible shaving sharp edge. But for some reason I cannot get this little guy sharp. I can get a utility edge on it but for a small knife like the glimpse I really want a sharp slicey edge.
    I Compared the blade stock and grind to the ADV beast knife I have and the glimpse is about as thick behind the edge, so there is no reason it shouldn't take a keen edge to it. Any thoughts on this? Have you sharpened yours and if so how well did it sharpen up? I really do not want to spend more money to send it in to be professionally sharpened but I might have to.
     
  9. Otto Carpenter

    Otto Carpenter Gold Member Gold Member

    364
    Jun 24, 2016
    Nor should you have to at this price point. That's disappointing to hear and should not be the case.
     
  10. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Mine came very sharp. I suggest contacting them via email: [email protected]
     
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  11. ScaryTerry

    ScaryTerry

    13
    Aug 12, 2017
    Thank you for the link RamZar! I ended up getting it sharp enough to slice and hair shaving sharp. I ended up putting a micro bevel on it and spending a good amount of time on the strop. But now I've got ever so slight forward play on the blade :/
    So I will give it this week and see if it gets any worse.
     
  12. DC Kestrel

    DC Kestrel Gold Member Gold Member

    54
    Jun 3, 2017
    I just picked one of these up, in the blue anodized Ti frame, and it is beautiful. Finger choil is more than usable for me, and it's a very comfortable knife to hold, particularly because of the rounded "bottom" (end the screws into the scale) of the clip. Incredibly smooth deployment, and the detent and flipper tab are really well done. My only question is the lock bar; it is carbidized rather than using a steel insert, as noted earlier. Lock-up is about 20%, and I was interested in hearing if others have had experience with premature lock-face wear on Reate-built knives without a lock-bar insert. As a knife that will get flipped a lot, I'm a little baffled why Begg/Reate didn't include this one feature in an otherwise incredibly well-designed knife. Many thanks in advance.
     
  13. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2000
    I have had mine for a few months now. I really like it. I have small hands and it sits perfect in my grip. I can see where someone with large hands might have a problem. But that applies to all small knives.
     
  14. slim4511

    slim4511

    131
    Dec 8, 2014
    I have the Mini Glimpse and absolutely love it. I am however considering stonewashing the blade. Problem is, I cannot get the pivot screw to come out. It turns but doesn't loosen/come out. I sent a note to customer service a bout a week ago but haven't received any response. Any thougts?
     
  15. `br4dz-

    `br4dz- Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 18, 2016
    It may be a free spinning pivot. Try applying pressure on the other side with your thumb, or something that'll grip and stick to the pivot while you try to loosen the screw.
     
  16. Nephilim Killer

    Nephilim Killer

    456
    Mar 7, 2012
    David uses a glue not a lock tight if you put it into boiling water the glue will come loose. We have asked him to use lock tight but this is what we get. If you ever have problems you can send the knife to us. After boiling for a few minutes then the glue will loosen up and then take a towel or cloth and fold it and place the blade edge down into the cloth with some pressure so the pivot binds then the pivot screw should come loose no problem if you have any more trouble then boil it longer. After getting it out then clean the pivot screw and add a normal amount of lock tight. I hope this helps. I know this trick because Phil Boguzuski would glue his pivots to stop people from taking his knives apart and when they sent their knife into him he would boil them to loosen the pivot. He explained this to my brother Todd a long time ago.
     

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