Ben Petersen, who you might remember from Knife Banter on Blade HQs YouTube Channel, designed the Baby Banter as the little brother to the WE Knife Co. Banter. It features many of the same excellent and thoughtful design cues as the original, but fits in smaller pockets, is legal in more places, weighs significantly less, and is considerably less expensive. The knife utilizes a finger choil to give you more real estate to grab onto, making the knife usable, even in large hands. The knife is put together with recessed screws, a recessed pocket clip, a large interface with the liner lock, and a gentle G-10 texture. These little touches make the knife incredibly comfortable in use, even if you just like to fidget. If you like the idea of a small pocket knife that packs a big punch, dont shy away from the Baby Banter!
CIVIVI Knives is the child company of WE Knife Co., and their knives are almost unbeatable for their prices.
Perfect for edc and travel.
This is a perfect 5th pocket knife (the Hogue microswitch is good too). It’s uncommon for a knife to be innovative these days. But I don’t think there are many knives that fit this category. For a 2” length folded (or whatever), it’s actually not so diminutive when using it. Love the .09” thick blade. Comes with mirror finish on the edge. Most work environments have a no knife policy. Some are lucky to have managers who look the other way. This is a perfect knife for minimizing the probability of you getting fired if you cut yourself at work. When you pull the knife out for Hr, it’s only like 2” folded. I really like this knife.
I love this knife. It...Might be better than my s30v Dragonfly, which has been my favorite little EDC for years. I only have two complaints: 1) I wish we had more blade finish options. I really dislike painted blades so my only real choice here was to get the stonewashed one, which I love, but the black G10 is a bit boring. The blue thumb studs help with that, though. 2) I'm having trouble switching the pocket clip. One of the tiny T6 screws just won't pop out, and I won't force it. That might be my fault/my Torx set's fault, though... I love smaller knives like this because they're really all you need for light urban carry/use. Anything else is mostly overkill, IMO. Also, when you're around non-knife people all day, these knives don't make anyone nervous. In fact, people comment on how cool/cute/practical/nice/awesome they are.
Small knives are my thing. They are usually thin, lightweight, enough for urban EDC needs, and don't scare your coworkers. Bonus points if they fit in a jeans 5th pocket. But I must be able to get all four of my long skinny fingers on the handle, usually means finger choil. The Baby Banter has all of these things. The action is very very good. The blade flies out. Quality is also good with good lockup, no blade play, good centering, quality feel, and tight tolerances. It's a Civivi. My only complaint is the blade is not as sharp out of the box as others. Looking at the edge, there is a little more grind on one side. Sharpening on some fine Sharpmaker ceramics helped. Overall, the Baby Banter competes well with the other small knives in my collection like the Dragonfly, D2 Squid, and D2 Pilar. Happy to have it. Please make a wharncliffe version!
Need to work on flicking it open from left side. Right side fires every time Make a left handed version and I'll buy another one.
The action is superb for a knife of this size and price. The f&f is great, as we've come to expect from Civivi, and the ergo is surprisingly good for a knife this small as well. I greatly prefer the action and feel of this knife over the dragonfly, which of course is its biggest competitor; however, the blade steel on this nearly ruins the knife for me. If you arent familiar with Nitro-V, it's a very high toughness steel with very poor edge retention. This was my first and probably last Nitro-V blade because I wasn't expecting the edge retention to be as truly awful as it is. I bring this knife to work with me and I cut a lot of boxes and cling wrap and this thing is in need of a proper sharpen after only a couple of days. With a D2 knife, I can get away with just stropping the blade every day and then giving it a proper sharpen once a week, but this knife is unacceptably dull (by my standards) after just 2 to 3 shifts. The KnifeSteelNerd (a professional metallurgist with proper equipment) rates the edge retention of Nitro-V to be very similar to AUS-8 and 8Cr13Mov and I believe it. If you don't use your knife all that often then this steel is perfectly sufficient. But for my purposes, I would have greatly preferred if this knife came with an S30V, M390, or even VG-10 or D2 blade.