Benchmade Bugout Knife
The Bugout™ was designed for the modern outdoor adventurer, incorporating the lightest, best performing materials in an extremely slim yet ergonomic package.
CPM-S30V blade steel for excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and cutting performance.
Dual thumb studs, reversible pocket clip, and AXIS® lock mechanism offer a fully ambidextrous build.
Lightly textured Grivory handle provides a secure grip and lightweight build.
Blade Steel: CPMS30V (58-60 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.24" (8.23cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.090" (2.29mm)
Open Length: 7.46" (18.95cm)
Closed Length: 4.22" (10.72cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.42" (10.54mm)
Weight: 1.85oz. (52.45g)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Finish/Color Satin
Blade Style/Shape Drop-point
Clip Type Mini Deep-Carry
Clip Position Reversible
Glass Breaker No
Handle Material Grivory
Lanyard Hole Yes
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type No
Use Every Day, Outdoor
If you can get over such a thin blade, and no liners, in a knife just north of $100, you can find a lot to appreciate here. I've carried it for one week now, just returned from a rather snowy overnighter last night, and the Bugout performs on par with any other knife in it's class. I think some people over think these things way too much. As someone who often finds a lot of stuff in my pockets at the end of the day, a sub 2 oz. folding knife is definitely a welcome addition. Compared to my Buck Vantage Force also in s30v steel, the Bugout comes in at 1/3 of the weight. Perfectly sized between the Griptilian and Mini-Griptilian, with a shorter, but deep carry pocket clip. Never any "flimsyness" issues, just a great low profile, aesthetically pleasing addition to the Benchmade catalog. I haven't bought a new Benchmade in years, but I'm seriously impressed with this one.
Excellent knife. Extremely light weight, feels solid in hand, hair popping sharp right out of the box, perfectly centered. The blade shape is very similar to the Doug Ritter Griptilian. I've bought about 10 Benchmade knives and I have been extremely satisfied with them all. Don't hesitate to buy this knife.
This is an excellent EDC knife and maybe the best one I’ve used. The only problem is the name.
For most the idea of a bugout knife is the knife they would keep in a bugout bag that would serve as an all purpose knife. While I don’t have a bugout bag if I was packing one, I’d very likely have a good fixed survival blade instead of a light weight light use folding knife. While I might carry a folding knife as well it would probably be something a little sturdier like a titanium frame lock knife. This knife should have been called “The EDC.”
For something I carry every day I don’t want something big and heavy that I can chop wood with, I want a smaller pocket friendly knife that uses a good steel. That is essentially what this knife is.
Due to the small steel liners and lightweight scales this knife is very lightweight and it is easy to forget you even have it in your pocket. Also while it is very slim, it holds a really nice sized S30V blade. S30V may have aged a bit but it is still an excellent steel that holds a very nice edge for a long time and is very resistant to corrosion. I’m not a great blade sharpener and so it does take me a while to put a good edge on it but that’s mostly due to my lack of sharpening skills.
The handle scales have a bit more flex than I’m used to but for light EDC use this is not a problem. The small liners and lightweight scales are what make this such a nice carry and for most EDC cutting it is more than sturdy enough to get the job done.
If you want an all purpose survival knife or a work blade for more heavy duty use than this is not for you, but if you are looking for a light use EDC knife that disappears in the pocket and has excellent premium blade steel, I can’t think of any better option.