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Steel Will Gekko Mini: Right-Sized Performer

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The Late Boy Scout presents the Steel Will Gekko Mini 1551, an evolution of the standard Gekko. It has G10 handle scales, nicely sculpted and faceted like most Gekko knives are. It’s made of N690Co steel which is corrosion resistant and gives a nice, fine edge as well.

He says he first saw the knife at Shot Show 2016, and he knew it was coming but had to keep it on the low. The knife is shown being used in a number of scenarios, cutting easily through paper, cardboard and even wood. He says you can basically go to his Gekko review of the standard one, listen to everything there and bring it down a few inches and ounces – it’s exactly the same.

The mini has an advantage in size, he says, and is right up his alley. It’s not too big, not too heavy, making it a good handy size, and compared nicely against other EDC knives. The knife weighs 5 ounces, which he says is a good weight to carry around. It’s around 7.75 inches with a 3.5 inch blade and little over half an inch thick, which makes it a bit bulky in the pocket compared to other knives, but it’s not too noticeable.

Other details are the pocket knife, which is useful and a lanyard hole for paracords and a little feature for breaking out ice or whatever else. The lock back button is solid, and it looks like the pocket clip can be adjusted to the other side. He compared it other knives, particularly a Benchmade Griptilian, a Spyderco Para Military 2, a Cold Steel Code-4 and a Benchmade 4300. They are all similar in size and length, thought the Code-4 is by far the largest and bulkiest of the lot.

The Gekko Mini comes in at $199 on the official website, but it can come cheaper from other sources. He definitely recommends it and says it’s one you will quite enjoy.

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