Benchmade 595 Mini Boost Knife Review and my thoughts on Assisted Axis Locks.


While my channel has been growing, my individual
videos have been getting less views over time. It’s probably been the f words. But I do know one thing other than my last
beer review did terrible… 2 of my top 3 videos this years have been
Benchmade knives. So maybe I should have made more videos about
the same knives… and done an unboxing, a first impressions, a field test, a full review,
additional thoughts, and 6 months of carry video. If a single knife doesn’t generate an hours
worth of content, what the good is it? Todays review, as the title spoils is for
the Benchmade Mini Boost, a knife that I was never really interested in- but since Journey
Wind Junk offered to loan me it, and Benchmades get the clicks why the heck not. Also I’ll make it convenient for everyone
by just making this video 45 minutes and cover the same material 5 times. Is there such thing as too much advanced knife
bro? (Checks magic 8 ball). Let’s dimension it up. Like the overall length and weight. Is a 6 months of carry video still accurate
if it’s 4 days a month? Blade size and cutting edge. What’s the best kind of field for a proper
field test. Handle size and grip area. Is the popularity of an unboxing video a reflection
on society? Spine thickness and handle thickness. What does it say about society. Tallness. Smokey Mountain Knife Works asked me to try
out a few new questions for their texted based Instagram feed. And by request Abra Kadoobie. The Benchmade 595 or mini boost is a smaller
version of their full sized boost- because the people probably asked for it. The 595 is an assisted axis lock pocket knife-
translated it’s kind of small and opens a little faster- end of review. The Mini Boost features a blade made from
s30v, and not 154cm because they’d have to charge less for it. Benchmade should really take a page from spydercos
playbook slap VG10 in it and dare people not to pay $150 for it. The blade is a drop point style with a flat
grind and a satin finish. Journey Wind junk in his review which I’ll
link in the description cut up some food and stuff with it, and it was still sharp when
I got it. So sharp it handled all different sorts of
my body hair well. Just joking Josh. The lockup is handled by an assisted axis
lock. For a while I’ve wondered how are assisted
axis locks compared to regular axis locks? Ok maybe I just thought that one time and
moved on. ITS LIKE A DANG SWITCHBLADE. ITS AMAZING. Part of the appeal of a regular axis lock…
like a good one thats been broken in on a lightweight knife like the 940-1 is how quickly
and consistently you can deploy and close it and look like a darn pro. You can can also pull back the axis lock and
deploy it too. . What about an assisted version? Ok first you have the safety switch up top
to prevent misfires. Forward position locks it, rear position unlocks
it. It’s a little bit sticky of a switch so
it seems like it does what it’s supposed to. Too easy would be not good I think. Excellent observation! Thank you! Ok so it’s unlocked. Give the thumbstud some pressure and it rockets
out. Not really that much faster than a standard
axis really. Like this demonstration demonstrates. Whereas you can close a normal axis with one
hand but pulling black the axis with a finger and flicking it backward easily. You really need two hands to close the assisted
safely, because you can’t flick the blade closed because of the spring or torsion bar
or whatever provides the action on the assisted blade. I mean you can awkwardly do this multistage
process, but I don’t want to. You can also fling the blade open with a proper
hard flick or pull back the axis on the Boost and a little lighter of a flick. So if your initial thoughts about an assisted
were like mine- sounds like it adds a few extra steps for what amounts to an almost
imperceptible faster opening- well you’d be right. Also it must be noted you can lock the blade
open with the switch on top. So it’s quote “like a fixed blade” This
is not my knife though, so I won’t beat the hell out of it seeing how well it holds
up. The handle. It’s real nice it’s half grivory and half
some rubberized shit… it keeps the knife in hand without unnecessary jimping. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It must be noted unnecessary jimping also
helps manufacturers sell you the same knife twice by removing it in the revision. The handle is about the same size as the Mini
Griptilian… And I prefer the boost handle because of the
less jimping. The liners inside have some weight saving
holes drilled. The handle is not open backed, and there’s
a lanyard hold in the back. The pocket clip. it’s a short deep carry
design like the bugout… it goes in the pocket easy and the knife doesn’t stick out. It’s configurable to the right or left side
in a tip up tactical AF configuration. Comparisons. First let’s do a size overview of other
Benchmades so you can see where the Mini Boost fits in. Just slightly bigger than the Mini Griptilian. Ok now the real comparison. First is the boost. Again not really my style of knife because
the handle is too small, blades a little short, and I don’t like the added complexity of
the assisted opening. The locking blade could be a feature if you’re
one of those dummies who treats folders like fixed blades. Now the mini griptilian. Less expensive, a less steel snob friendly
steel- I love it, some people don’t. Easier opening and closing for me… the one
handed is the key. Now the Bugout. The Bugout is a great choice for a light weight
camp or hikers knife. Very durable- you’ve seen my review right? I think it’s my biggest knife review ever. Now the Mini Crooked River. I like the Mini Crooked river because it has
a larger handle and blade, and isn’t as mini as the mini boost or mini griptilian. How about the 940-1… lighter weight bigger
blade and handle. A classic pocket knife, that deserves most
of the accolades it gets. Way more fun to fight with than the mini boost. Umm how about the Zero Tolerance 0350 date
night underwear edition. This knife while is heavy and you know kind
of ugly… is much easier to close 1 handed… because it’s a liner lock- frame locks apply
to this comparison too like a lot of the Kershaw assisted knives have… It isn’t as easy to close as a regular axis
or compression locks but it’s possible fairly easily with practice. An axis lock assisted isn’t easy, because
of where the lock is located. Again it’s possible but about 3 times as
awkward. It’s easier to just press it against your
leg to close it, than to close it one handed. Ok let’s wrap it up. I mean I don’t really need to because I
really covered it all in here. The boost is an ok knife- just not really
one for me. But I like that you like it though. If you like that I like that you like it,
then like this review by batoning that thumbs up button. Please subscribe to this channel, subscribe
to my Instagram. Also follow Journey Wind Junk on Instagram…
his blog… and his blade reviews uhh… reviews- which I will link for your convenience in
the video description. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Benchmade 595 Mini Boost Knife Review and my thoughts on Assisted Axis Locks.

  1. now the important question when does the assisted axis lock patent run out so ganzo can make me this knife for like 24 bucks , shut your whole part food goes into benchmade snobs i have them and buy benchmade when i can afford them . raising 2 daughters and a soon to get here in sept son is not cheap and because public school sucks in cleveland , tuition is pricey so my kids grow up smart . NOW PROCEED TO STONE ME FOR BUYING A COPY / TRIBUTE/ KNOCK OFF KNIFE

  2. 1:34 retail therapy works over the internet?
    The fad will die out when oculus rift puts out a VR Christmas game.

  3. O you better believe I batoned that like button! If you can get your hands on the Benchmade Grizzly Ridge, I would love to see your review.

  4. I've got a basically unused manual Benchmade Adamas sitting here that you're welcome to try and destroy if you want me to send it out to you.

  5. I really like the cheap fixed blade knife reviews. You should put them through the ringer. Baton oak and shit with em.

  6. You are my favorite person on Youtube… i look forward to your videos… love the sarcasm!!!

  7. Nice blade but the rest is a bit meh. Sorry I can’t loan you a Benchmade to help with your viewership. Crowd pleaser was not and will never be my game. I prefer jackass. ;P

    PS: good news – still digging your style.

  8. Ah Benchmade….my second favorite overpriced company.

  9. Whats the point of a huge knife, machete, axe, and sword collection if I have to keep it all locked up away from my kids? I find myself sneaking away to fondle a knife for a minute or two at a time, several times throughout the day. You have small kids, right? How do you store your collection? How do you find personal time to play with yourself?…I mean, play with your knives by yourself.

  10. You need to do a "good great bad and ugly" segment and then literally reiterate EVERYTHING you just said at the end of each segment. That seems to work for some reason?

  11. Please don't whisper into the mic again.. That's creepy as hell.. Unless that's what you were going for then perfect.

  12. i bought a mini emissary and cant close it with one hand good bc im missing a good part of my index. RIP

  13. Like Benchmade, if this channel doesn’t work out (unlikely) then you can create the Advanced Knife Bro Mini channel. I do like the grip, however. I have the full size and have used it under inclement weather conditions which grippy success.

  14. Was it really really difficult not batoning the shit out of it? A beachmade, is on my list. But I always end up buying some TAF Custon job that I can never use! I mean really!? Enough of my problems thouigh. I think in order to get the views, batoning the shit out of a knive like that is the way to go. Fucking Beanchmade, they should send you some free shit, just so you can baton the shit out of it. Do you think they'd go for that? Great review and vid Bro, thanks!

  15. I used to think expensive knives were silly. How could they be that much better to be worth it? This was before I had ever held one. Fast forward to me holding one. It's better. It makes me happy for reasons I cannot fully explain. Save up… Get one.

  16. To much Mediocre Knife Bro…definitely
    To much Advanced Knife Bro …never
    Now for another beer and shot…they still travel in pairs

  17. From the time I saw this in the catalog until I finally played with one, I really wanted to like this knife. For me, the assisted feature kind of didn’t do it for me. Otherwise I think it’s a good looking knife and it was pretty comfy on them hands.

  18. Sorry man missed your last beer review still plan on watching it but some reason I just kept skiping over it untill it was to far on my list to see anymore. Still love your videos.

  19. Sorry man missed your last beer review still plan on watching it but some reason I just kept skiping over it untill it was to far on my list to see anymore. Still love your videos.

  20. "Boost," in my day (the Pleistocene Epoch) meant to steal a car, so I'm thinking I could steal a Fiat 500 or a Cooper with this bad boy. I tried to like autos (knives) and failed, and assists seem like more of the same but less so. I say, "No!" to spring-loaded stuff, unless I'm trying to rid myself of mice, and then a spring works a treat.

  21. Too much knife bro=the second you start using selfie stick and vlogging trips to Costco. Or the second you mention your body hair.

  22. Axis lock makes you wonder why an otf is even necessary. It’s just as fast or faster in deployment and retraction. The blade has no play.
    OTF just has intimidation factor and if it’s the larger kind, young kid proof lol

  23. I've been looking for a knife that handles all sorts of my body hair well … Good lookin out bro.

  24. Youtube algorithms make less sense than the Electoral College. Just got an Esee Expat Medellin. Love it.

  25. Thanks Bro.
    I guess.
    : – )
    Isn't a Benchmade Axis-lock assisted knife, and oxymoron? I shake my head, every time I see one of these. All of my broken-in Benchmade knives. Just fall open, with a light pull of the lock.
    Going assisted, is madness I tell them!
    It was nice of him though, to share this knife with you.

    It just so happens too. That while watching this video. I was fidgeting with my 551 Griptilian, with AWT aluminum scales. You know the feeling.

  26. I think you need a video of you reviewing a beer, while using a knife. Liquor + sharp objects — no WAY that can go POORLY.

  27. Ooooooo…tacticle AF! Now my testosterone drunk brain won't let me not buy it. Because tacticle box cutting is serious shit!

  28. I like that you like that I like it….but unfortunately I don’t like it. But you may still like that I don’t like it. Either way, great video.

  29. Not just the viewers. I liked several of your videos and watched the whole video yet go back to check(because I keep tabs on YouTube). and the likes are gone. Also get notifications for old videos and none for new videos like this one.

  30. This video isn't even 10 minutes. You can't even put an ad at the end and at least 3 breaks inside. What are you even doing? Aside from that, the unboxing question is actually more interesting than just a throwaway joke. I've done a few (very few) but they garned more views than they deserve, by far and sometimes more than the review. As always great work my friend.

  31. Dude… your knife vids are AWESOME! I wish I lived within beer drinking distance of you. For me personally, JUST ME, I waive off of beer vids and such. That doesn't change the fact that you are a great knife reviewer that makes me laugh out loud!!!!!!

  32. It sucks that you don't get more views – you have the best approach and humour of any reviewer I've seen on YouTube. Keep up the great work and dry humour!

  33. not related to this video, I just watched another video from another channel, the guy who is doing the voiceover sounded exactly like you . it was from BETA site . is that you ?

  34. I feel like the assisting does mess with the "flippy dippiness" of the axis, defeating the point of it. But then again Benchmade could come out with a butterknife, call it something like the BM0D30 Super Tactical Awesome Spreading Blade and charge $100+ for it and sell hundreds.

  35. I still care! If you upload I'll watch. A knife bro does not simply reach Advanced level for lack of trying.

  36. Abra kadoobie youre VIEWERS just went up! THANKS (still laughing my ass off) keep the reviews coming, love'm

  37. Haha you could probably do a "zefrank1" voice over reviews of reviewers. Examples would be "Here we see the BShawking reviewer loose in the wild, telling us he carried it for 6 months, 4 days out each every month." "Yes tell us more about your chick soyboy pocket dimensions and how it does not leave enough room for your pecker" "balance because you totally need that centre of Percussion on your pocket sword that's 0.5 inches too long for your baby hands". The sound of trigger happy fanboyz would be a delight.

  38. Deathofallthings on Insragram makes a ‘Strider-like’ handle for the Mini Grip that makes it actually comfortable to hold & use.
    That’s about all. Peace out.

  39. Losing views? I guess I’ll just start rewatching videos I’ve already watched…because I definitely don’t already do…that at all…especially the ones with the most F words

  40. I had actually had this on my list to check out but like you said the main benefit of the axis lock is being able to flick it closed so it's dead to me now.

  41. Don't let the assist turn you off too much from any particular assisted Benchmade you might want; you can de-assist most (if not all?) of those models and turn them into a standard axis lock.  And, per a recent comment I saw from BMK customer service on a forum, they will still life-sharp service it for you!

  42. Love your videos! I baton the thumbs down button on everyone else’s videos, so it’s kind of like I’m liking your videos twice. You are welcome.

  43. Hey I subscribed and pressed the bell button which I think is also good for your channel.

    In exchange can you review other things, like state quarters or pens

  44. The whole reason I'm not watching the end of this video is because you sound like you're crying like a little girl from the get-go, I don't do negative attitudes, dude reviewing a knife. Have fun with it and stop crying about your reviews

  45. Just ordered one, looking forward to checking it out. Can't think of anything witty or sarcastic to say, maybe but the time my mini boost arrives?

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