A big thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural community poll, now dubbed The Drawing Board and being replicated for future collaborations and other exciting projects. The Keen Mini represents an ongoing trend to deliver community-input-infused knives to the market with minimal markup, maximum upgrades from notable designers, and new tweaks to time tested favorites (like the original Keen). Full Keen Mini specifications are available in the description tab – both Frame lock and Liner lock models are now in production.
Kaviso x Keen Mini Liner lock poll results:
- Aluminum Handles: Blue, Black, or Green
- CNC Milled Clip
- Blade Steel: 14C28N
- Liners: Inset
- Blade Finish: Stonewashed or Satin
Available in Early Summer 2023
Our original prototype with standard liners weighed in at 3.101 oz (88 g). Based on community feedback, we inset the liners for our second prototype and shaved 0.244 oz (7 g) or 8.6% off the weight. Further, the inset liners reduced the handle width by a full 10%.
HOW DID WE DO?
Feel free to yell at us about stuff.
This 6.71-inch aluminum liner lock is minimalist perfection with a practical size to carry daily. Featuring a smooth, slightly curved aluminum handle and a satin or stonewashed-finished spear-point blade, the Keen Mini is a work of art—but it’s robust enough to perform strenuous tasks if you need it to. The full flat–ground 14C28N steel blade measures 2.88 inches. It's easy to control for slicing, and the spear-point tip provides exceptional piercing power. Deployment is smooth thanks to the caged ceramic-bearing system and subtle flipper tab. Along with the profile reduction, we also shrunk the price: landing a Laconico Keen into your pocket for under 60 bones.
What’s more, the Kaviso x Keen Mini Liner lock comes in six variations and even a Titanium Frame Lock version. Of course, if size is an issue, the original Keen is always a fan-favorite.
NOTE: Final version will have a lower-profile liner with jimping. Liner will not protrude above the clip side frame (as pictured in prototype).
|Knife Type||Manual Folding Knife|
|Lock Type||Liner Lock|
|Best Use||Everyday Carry|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Blade Finish||Stonewashed / Satin|
|Blade Shape||Spear Point|
|Handle Material||Aluminum with inset liners|
|Handle Finish||Blue, Black, and Green Anodized Aluminum|
|Bearings||Caged ceramic-bearing system|
|Clip||CNC Milled Clip|
|Blade Length||2.88 in (7.315 cm)|
|Blade Thickness (Spine)||0.118 in (3 mm)|
|Overall Length||6.71 in (17.04 cm)|
|Closed / Handle Length||3.83 in (9.7 cm)||Handle Width||0.454 in (1.15 cm)||Weight||2.857 oz (81 g)|
|In the Box||Display Drawer