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Benchmade 273GY-1 Mini Adamas

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Mikey Bautista
Benchmade 273GY-1 Mini Adamas

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In a market of tough knives and even tougher materials, it can be difficult to set one apart. But when you take one of the best steels in the business, pair it with rock-solid scales, and wrap it up in a top-tier tactical design, you get something like Benchmade’s new Mini Adamas. It’s built like a tank and is designed to perform like one, all in a pocketable profile still suited for EDC. And when you throw in ambidextrous performance in the mix along with the brand’s signature AXIS lock, the Mini Adamas offers one of the strongest options for your next EDC knife.

As its name suggests, the Shane Sibert-designed Mini Adamas is a scaled-down version of its larger tactical brother, but no less lacking in features. The star of the show is its 3.25“ CPM-CruWear blade, a unique alloy steel found on premium knives that offers some of the best toughness, wear resistance, and edge retention you can find on a blade, hardened by Benchmade to some of the highest figures at 63-65 HRC. In spite of this toughness, it’s actually easier to sharpen CruWear than most of its high-hardness peers, making it even more appealing as a daily user steel. A versatile drop point shape, ambidextrous thumb studs, and a standout fuller round out the blade’s features.

The Mini Adamas isn’t the lightest knife at 4.6 ounces, but its use of skeletonized G-10 scales and liners shave off some weight while giving the knife a distinct bold look. Chamfered edges keep your grip comfortable, while jimping on each of the handle’s four corners lock it in for even the hardest use cases. The stainless steel liners add even more stability to the knife’s core, giving it even more tank-like properties and the assurance that the handles won’t ever bow or bend during use. And true to Benchmade’s signature ambidextrous consideration, the handles also house the knife’s AXIS lock and reversible deep-carry pocket clip.

From tip to clip the Benchmade 273GY-1 Mini Adamas is built to be one of the strongest and hardest-use knives you can carry for EDC, with no compromises spared on its fit and finish and no capability lost by shrinking it down from its big brother’s platform. Check it out in two colors from Benchmade at the link below.

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Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting with an interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years, he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today, he is the site's Director of Everyday Carry Operations, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, or watching movies, you'll find him in the gym, speedrunning his next hobby, or talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

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