Buck introduced their new Mini-Spitfire at the SHOT Show, following up on the success of last year’s Spitfire model. I don’t need to tell you which is the original and which is the Mini in this photo, do I?
The original Spitfire has rocker lock and a 3.25″ drop-point blade made from Buck’s standard 420HC. It features a 4-way pocket clip, and has a street price in the mid-$30s which is extremely competitive for a US-made knife.
The Mini Spitfire has a shorter 2.75″ blade with a slightly humpbacked (maybe even Spyderco-ish?) profile, and a reversible tip-up pocket clip. The 2.1 ounce Mini hasn’t hit the shelves yet, but look for a street price that’s perhaps a few bucks less than the full-size version.
If the blade profile looks a little broad and stubby to you, you’re not alone. The production Mini Spitfire might look a little different from the prototype I played with in Las Vegas, and I noticed that Blade HQ’s stock photography (here) has a more narrow, streamlined blade.
$30 for a US-made EDC knife with Paul Bos-treated steel? As much as I dig Spyderco and SOG and Cold Steel, they should all be looking over their shoulders right about now.
Manufacturer’s link here.