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Sunday, 31 December 2023 13:03

Vosteed Mink

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For the last year and a half Vosteed has been making waves in the knife industry. It's a difficult market to get into, and another to produce amazing designs that continue to get recognition. The company has mainly been a folding knife manufacturer, with some successful production of kitchen knives. Vosteed has decided to shake things up yet again and produce their first fixed blade.

Dubbed the Mink, this versatile blade is good for everything from daily tasks, camping, and even dressing game. When it comes to fixed blades, I've come to prefer something compact and easy to carry. Go too small and you lose some versatility, too large and it's not great for all situations. The Mink fits nicely in between those two sizes, with an overall of 7.3" and a blade length of 3.33", it's perfect for everyday carry.



The 3.82" handle is long enough to get a four-finger grip, that little bit of extra length gives me better control. The handle features a front quillon, it allows you to index the blade and provide a bit of extra safety. The scales are the companies' famous frag pattern micarta, they provide an amazing grip while not being overly aggressive. Using the Mink, I didn't get any fatigue or spots that might be uncomfortable.



The 3.33" blade is 1.10" tall, comes in a clip point shape, and full flat grind. The shape lends itself to all sorts of utility, I've used it for breaking down boxes, food prep, and even did some whittling to test edge retention. The full flat grind was a great choice for this blade shape and gave little resistance in cutting chores. The Nitro V steel held edge well, I didn't need to touch up till just recently and it did so easily. The top of the blade features two areas of jimping, one for standard grip, and one for your index. I think the one towards the tip made it great detailed pull cuts, I did find the jumping to be somewhat uncomfortable though. When using the knife on wood to make shavings, the jimping would bite into the pad of my thumb, and with extended use made it a little sore.




The Mink is carried via a kydex sheath that's mounted in the vertical position. There is spacing so the knife could be oriented horizontally if that's your preference. I chose to add an Ulti-Clip so I could carry the knife clipped to my pocket or inside my waistband. The sheath works great, it was small and hardly noticeable when being worn. I do think the retention is a little on the heavy side though. Pulling and replacing the knife takes some effort, but at least you won't be worried about it coming loose.



Overall, I like the Mink, it's compact enough for everyday use but will work great in outdoor environments. It's very comfortable to use with exception of the jimping, and it very efficient at cutting tasks. If you're looking for a quality daily fixed blade this might work for you.

David Bowen

As Co Founder of Multitool.org David has been a multitool enthusaist since the 90's.  David has always been fascinated with the design inginuity and uselfulness of multitools.

David is always looking forward to what's new in the industry and how the humble multitool continues to evolve as it radically changes and improves the lives of users.

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