Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
I also own the full-sized Peasant knife. The Mini is more pocket friendly. I EDC this knife, and I love it! There are two great features about this knife: the blade, and the simple design. The blade is made of L6 tool steel (carbon steel), and it takes a fine edge, is easy to sharpen on basic sharpeners, and has good retention. I love how it takes on a patina as I use it on fruit and vegetables. The 1.5mm blade stock is thin enough for the Mini to be an efficient slicer. It goes through cardboard as well as apples. I've used it several times to prepare dinner, and it worked well. Don't worry about rust; clean and dry the blade after use and it will be fine. This friction folder is very simple. There are 2 Chicago screws, 2 handle scales, a stop pin, and the blade. Simplicity = strength. You'd have to tear the stop pin out of the handle scales for this knife to fail. There is no blade centering issue, no weak springs, no ball bearings to lose. It's a snap to tighten the screws if things get loose. This knife can be opened and closed with one hand, easily. If you grip the knife properly, it cannot accidentally close on you, because you are holding the tang down. Also, don't worry about accidental opening in your pocket. There is strong retention when you tighten the rear screw. Incidentally, the exposed tang can be used as a mini pry bar, or to open bottle tops using the lever technique. From the factory, the blade touches the rear screw when you close it, but the brass does not really dull the blade. I fixed this by installing a larger stop pin using 5/32" brass rod from the hardware store. This knife is worth the extra effort. For me, it's as close to a perfect EDC knife as I've come across.