Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Handle Material
The right choice.
Initially, I was undecided between the full-size 551 and the mini-grip, but since I had been carrying a Kershaw Leek of similar size to the mini, and after having viewed numerous reviews in both written and video form, I chose the 551. Many of the negative comments with respect to the handle scale material as well as the "hollow", cheap sound of the lock-up (attributed to the partial liners), are accurate. Why this knife is not made in an open back design with G-10 scales is a mystery as it would be a perfect knife IMO. That's what keeps this knife from getting a 5 rating.Now for the much overused, "with that being said": Try as they might, the above noted deficiencies cannot stop one from falling in love with this knife! The 154CM modified drop-point blade geometry is a thing of beauty to behold, truly. It was scary-sharp OTB. The AXIS lock, however, is what truly sets this knife apart IMO. Be forewarned: it's very hard to resist playing with this knife. The blade deploys as least as fast as the Kershaw with its "speed safe", assisted opening. Because the Grip is a larger knife, I still carry the Leek when wearing dress pants. But with jeans, the Grip comes along. I have yet to hard-use this, so I can't provide any comment, but there is a least one hard use torture test on Youtube, which subjects this knife to more abuse that any sane person might.This was my first purchase from Knife Center. I was pleasantly surprised by the price, service and delivery. I will surely be back. Oh, just get the knife, will you?