Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Still my favorite little knives
The wharncliffe Minimalist is of excellent build quality. I can shave arm hair (but not face stubble) with the factory edge. The Minimalists are my favorite small knives, both for utility and for emergency self-defense, and this one has the same advantages as its Bowie and tanto brothers. The handle is slightly thinner and with slightly shallower finger choils than the other versions - it's a small difference, but my average-size hands would prefer the exact handle as my other Minimalists. I find the straight edge easier to sharpen, and the acute point is useful for making precise holes or carefully slitting tubes or wire insulation. The thumb serrations are well-positioned, and the knife handles in a very natural "I have a claw on my thumb" way. The scales are easily removable if you want a cord-wrap, rubber-dip, or bare metal grip. I cut the little tails off mine, finding them to serve no useful purpose. Sheaths are simple, easily drawn from, and can be hung or tied nearly anywhere. The fairly low cost means you can drop them in the river, lose them to airport security, and give them as gifts without crying. As long as you don't have massive hands, you will like a Minimalist in your preferred blade shape.