In May 2010, Blade Magazine listed Benchmade’s 585 Mini-Barrage among the most popular knife choices for women. This Warren Osborne design is for women or men who want the functionality of the full-sized Barrage in a small package.
You don’t lose much when you choose the Mini-Barrage. This knife’s blade features the same 154CM high carbon stainless steel, hardened to Rockwell 58 to 61 for a long-lasting cutting edge. The blade’s only about 3/4 of an inch shorter than the larger model with a length of 2.91 inches and a slightly scaled-down handle four inches long when closed. That’s a better fit for smaller hands but still plenty of grip for other users.
The Mini-Barrage mounts to the lip of a pocket with a strong stainless steel pocket clip and can be reconfigured by owners to fit either right- or left-handed use. Just remove and reverse the clip mounting for left-handed carry. Dual thumb studs permanently set in the base of the blade allow both lefties and righties to open the blade without any changes. The Axis lock guarantees that the blade stays put, either closed or open, and once a push of the thumb starts the blade moving, the spring assist mechanism snaps the blade open with nearly automatic speed.
If you’re used to knives with a high friction grip, the Valox handle may surprise you. This form-fitting material is the same high-impact plastic used in many modern gunstocks and stays in the hand more by shape than by tackiness. At 3.4 ounces, it’s light enough to take along on runs, but it’s enough practical blade for serious work.
See the Benchmade Barrage for a larger version of this Warren Osborne design with a 3.6-inch blade.
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