Benchmade Mini Barrage Review

Benchmade Griptilian

Pros: The knife shows of an epic blade construction. The assisted opening mechanism is absolutely impressive. And further, the knife is compact when it comes to portability and the size is pretty much usable.

Cons: Cons aren’t really noticeable. But, the knife can be considered a tad bit expensive. The blade-closed lock mechanism is an art, which requires to be mastered before getting comfortable with the knife.

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There is everything to love about the Benchmade Mini Barrage 585. Its dimensions and features, strike one of those rare perfect balances of compact carriage and ergonomic structure. This one slides almost unnoticed in the pocket, but the ergonomics needs the user to apply a good deal of pressure to the blade. The assisted-opening blade, amazingly positioned pocket clip, and the spontaneous but smooth blade lock, adds to the beauty of this knife. We found it better then the Benchmade Griptilian.

Benchmade Griptilian

The art of properly engaging and applying the mechanism of locking the blade closed, is one that needs to be mastered. It is an investment in quality construction and service. The Benchmade Mini Barrage 585 is a bit smaller than the standard pocket knife. Well, the Benchmade brand has a brand name for making excellent blades for a long time, and this one lives up to it. Let us check out the specifications and features of this Benchmade knife.

Benchmade Mini Barrage, specs!

Blade length: is 2.91 inches

Knife Overall Length: is 7.91 inches

Knife length when closed: is 4 inches

Total Weight: is 3.40 ounces

Materials used in the blade: is 154CM Stainless Steel

Benchmade Mini Barrage 585 knife’s strength, speed and the Benchmade quality combine to give a perfect tool. The Axis spring-assisted locking mechanism makes sure you receive a swift and clean opening. The mini drop-point blade accompanied by ambidextrous thumb studs is made out of D2 steel, which is hardened enough to achieve 60-62 Rockwell for an amazing display of strength. The ultra-durable and molded Valox handles, consist of hardware and black-oxide liners. It has also been provided with a reversible split-arrow pocket clip

The Blade

The first thing you are going to notice about the 585 Mini Barrage is that the blade is razor sharp factory edge. The blade is not really jagged. But, as long as Mini Barrage maintains the sharp edge on the blade, the lack of jagged edge wouldn’t be missed. The blade material is 154CM which is the traditional style of Benchmade.

The HandleThe Handle

The handle fills right into a clenched fist, and quite rigidly delivers force to the leading edge of the blade. There are gentle curves on the handle, which make sure to not leave any pressure points to the user.  Not much about the Mini-Barrage’s portability stands out. It isn’t really the smallest or largest knife in the making, neither the lightest. And, it is quite far from being called the thinnest. But, this is for sure, that it strikes the perfect balance between size and function.


Benchmade has used flashy but solid materials, and equipped the Mini-Barrage with a smooth opening function. The position of the pocket clip and the modular design make this knife a unique one. This model can be used for both left and right pocket carry, making it easier for left-handed people. When stashed and clipped at the end of a pants pocket, it can be pulled out and the blade can be expanded in one smooth motion. This makes it a great tool of safety for self-defence types.

It’s assisted opening function works spontaneously, and the lock works smoothly and reliably. This miniaturized tool proves to be absolutely durable and reliable. Throughout the construction of this knife, Benchmade has used a 6 lobe headed screw in order to facilitate easy maintenance of the knife, similar to the Benchmade 940 Osborne.

Our verdict on the Benchmade 585 Mini Barrage

When reviewed, this knife puts itself on the perfect spectrum between good ergonomics and portability. The Mini-Barrage is best suited to a user who knows how to carry and keep a track of this high quality and kind of expensive piece of art. If you appreciate quality, trust me you will be pleased with a lifetime of durability, and with Benchmade as a company.

Benchmade provides a lifetime of service for sharpening your Mini Barrage 585 for just a small fee, any time you want. Coming to the knife, the Benchmade Mini Barrage 585 is an absolutely brilliant, accurate piece of equipment. And size is no drawback, because often smaller knives are more portable whereas larger knives are more useful in hand.

Each test has proved that, for each and every person with the need of pocket-clipped piece of equipment, the Mini-Barrage 585 strikes as the perfect option. So, if you are willing to make a bit extra initial investment, you surely will not be disappointed. This knife has lived up to the brand name of Benchmade of being one of the most durable and reliable knifes. So, we are going to heartily recommend this brilliant knife for you.