Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
The extra money compared to the original mini griptilian gets you g10 grips and a much better steel. The steel is a little harder to sharpen, but any diamond stones will do. The G10 grips don't have as pronounced of a checkering pattern, but they still grip just as well, if not better than the original material. The pocket clip is now a deep carry clip, but overall is still just a painted metal, which will show signs of wear (this is the only part of the knife that will show wear) If that bothers you, contact benchmade and they will ship you free clips. The only con I have about the knife is that the screws going through the grips are not recessed. you wont notice them when the knife is in you hand, but you slightly feel the if you run your fingers over the grip. The CPM 20CV steel is well worth the extra money. I love to have a razor sharp knife all the time, and this knife will keep it's edge better than the 154 or the D2 that the mini grip usually comes in. The other steels will keep an edge, but I sometimes don't have the time to touch up my knife on a weekly or biweekly basis. Also, this steel won't rust under normal use. I always use a knife to cut fruit while I'm at work, and I never have to worry about wiping it down completely before it's back in my pocket. A quick rinse of the blade will do. The only other difference between this and the original mini grip is the barrel spacers on the back of the knife. Some people don't like the open back since pocket change can get caught in there, but it's not an issue for me. I would 100% recommend this knife to anyone looking for an EDC, with a steel that will out perform just about anything else. Knife center got this to me in only 2 days, and threw in bandana and some other free promo gear. Awesome service from them! The knife is a little pricey, but will last you forever, even if you use and abuse this knife due to the materials it's made out of!