Sometimes when you take a big knife and scale it down to a more manageable size, things don’t always go as planned. Ergonomics and performance sometimes fly out the window in order to meet an imaginary goal line of an often more marketable, diminutive size. It’s much harder to accomplish than laying a knife on a scanner and reducing it until it hits the numbers you’re after. It takes real-world design talent and engineering and many times, no matter how hard you try, it simply doesn’t work.

That is not the case with Benchmade’s model 5500, the Mini-Presidio. As many of you know, the large model 5000 Presidio is a full-sized, burly knife with tactical roots and a handle size more appropriate for a belt pouch or BDU’s. The “Mini” takes the basic shape of the larger knife and scales it down in almost every aspect—thinner blade, thinner handle and, most importantly, a 3.7-ounce trimmer weight than big brother’s almost 6 ounces.

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