Custom maker Peter Carey has signed on with We Knife Co. for the first time, bringing out a collaboration model called the Nitro Mini. Modeled after a larger Carey custom, the Nitro Mini lands in the everyday carry genre and comes in five different premium flavors.
Carey, not to be confused with the Australian novelist of the same name, has been in the custom knife biz since the 90s. He makes a little bit of everything, but is most known for his flowing, attractive folder designs. Production knife enthusiasts will recognize Carey’s name from his Spyderco collaborations, the Firefly, Rubicons 1 and 2, and Magnitude. These knives have all been discontinued and are hard to come by these days, which will make the Nitro Mini the most widely available Carey design on the market when it lands.
And what sort of design is the Nitro Mini? Well, as the name indicates, this is a shrunk-down take on a Carey custom. The custom Nitro’s blade runs to 3.8 inches, which gives it a definite stage presence. It also means that the Nitro Mini is really more of a mid-sized blade, because even though it’s smaller than the custom inspiration it has an edge length of 3.1 inches. The drop point shape and the CPM-20CV steel provide lots of use potential, and in terms of deployment all configurations of the Nitro Mini comes with both thumb studs and flipper tabs.
The curving, bolster’d handle bears clear family lineage to many Carey custom and production knives; its unassuming shape fills the hand and, while extreme grip is not a necessity on an EDC knife like this, the scale materials (which do vary) will provide extra traction in use. There’s a titanium frame lock beneath the off-side scale, with the usual We Knife steel insert. The weight does vary slightly depending on which scale option users choose, but all Nitro Mini models land in the 3.6-3.8 oz. range, and all have a sculpted titanium pocket clip in tow.
In terms of those scale materials, there are four ‘standard’ variations: black or brown linen Micarta, marbled carbon fiber, or copper foil carbon fiber. That last comes at a slight premium compared to its stablemates, but there’s also a fifth version, with Damasteel blade and a psychedlic Nebula pattern of Fat Carbon cf for its scales, that lands in a totally different price bracket, with an MSRP of $740.
Knife in Featured Image: We Knife Co. Nitro Mini
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