Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality
This is very tiny compared to the Urban Pal - blade length on the Urban Pal and this Mini Pal are accurately stated, but the Mini Pal has a MUCH narrower blade. As a result, the sheath if MUCH more compact, double so since the Urban Pal sheath has to be wider than the blade to allow lacing holes. In short, the Urban Pal is scaled more like a compact t-handle pocket knife, while the Mini Pal is scaled to fit unobtrusively on a key chain - and it comes with a key chain snap. The sheath holds the blade very snugly, but as the last reviewer pointed out, there is no longer a "snap-to-release" latch mechanism holding the Mini Pal in its sheath, so be aware of this in your daily carry and make sure you are comfortable that no situation will arise where the handle could catch on something while you pull on the sheath, or vice versa. For guaranteed safety, just take off the key chain clip and it is very unlikely the blade and sheath will ever separate from each other on their own in your pocket. I have two of these - one of them with the key chain clip on it, the other with a camping style safety pin attached to the key chain clip. The camping style safety pin, unlike a milliner's safety pin, is pretty hard to open by accident, and made of much sturdier, heavy duty spring wire, so you can clip this handy blade anywhere you like on your clothing. I usually prefer that, over a neck strap. ONE MAJOR DESIGN FLAW, easy to fix: you can't tell whether the blade is right side up, or upside down, by feel of the sheath or the handle. I fluctuate between wrapping a tiny rubber band around one side of the t-grip and putting tape around it, so I can tell by touch which side is up. UNLIKE THE URBAN PAL, right-handers can use this for whittling when held by the finger tips - the Urban Pal and this Mini Pal serrate opposite sides of the blade! On the Urban Pal, the "flat" side of the blade is on the "wrong" side just like an Emerson. On this Mini Pal, the "flat" side of the blade would be next to a No. 2 pencil if you were trying to whittle the point. That is the preferred orientation for more controllable whittling. If you ever wear down the serrations (to the point the blade needs sharpening), a friendly re-sharpening service can re-configure the blade to a regular edge - but that should take forever, if you use this for a package opener like I do.