In 2017, Benchmade shook the knife world with the release of the Bugout. It was the knife people didn't know they were searching for. It was simple, utilitarian, ergonomic, lightweight, had an ambidextrous lock and opener, and was made with quality materials. In the years since, the Bugout has become one of the best-selling knives in history. Benchmade truly made the Bugout a knife for everyone, and no collection is complete without one.
The Benchmade Bugout comes in two sizes and a multitude of colors, and has great aftermarket customization options as well.
If you're a Bugout fan - this is a must have - I understand it's a bit on the pricey side but at $599.00(down from $750.00 retail) it's a bit more palatable. I have well over 200 knives from many manufacturers with Benchmade, Pro-Tech, and Microtech being a few of my fav's(amongst others). This knife ticks all the boxes for a great EDC - lightweight, great steel, good feel in the hands, nice size, mini deep carry clip, and Glow in the dark? - yes, it actually does glow in the dark. This is my 4th Bugout, 2 regular, one mini, and this awesome Gold Class gem. Go for it before they're all gone!
I own many Benchmades and many Bugouts. This is hands down one of my favorite Benchmade knives I own. It is absolutely gorgeous, well made, balanced and comes extremely sharp. Hopefully they will continue to make different variations of the Bugout so I can expand my Benchmade Gold Class collection. Well done Benchmade!!!
BRAVO! Thanks Benchmade! After getting this in the mail I admired it the rest of the day. This thing is simple and complex all in one. This isn’t a blade for rich guys or the poor guys. It’s a blade for the hard working guy in the middle. This is the consumer that will understand this creation. It comes with an unusual ghost carbon fiber I assume is a composite. The scales are inlaid with C-Tek as anyone can see or read. The surprise here is it glows in the dark! I woke up and seen it and was like WOW! It glows in the dark! The carbon fiber glows also in spots. This must be the advantage to a composite carbon fiber. Colors can be added. The blade itself is sooo sharp. I’m very hard to please when it comes to an edge. The blade thickness is a slight disappointment at .09” but it really is in alignment with its intent. The normal Bugout is the same thickness which is a bit bogus considering the name. Maybe “Urban Helper” would be a better name. It’s not an outdoor, hard use knife. This is a light/medium duty blade. The shape is great. It’s geometry will allow the edge to be sharpened keenly. The damasteel is super neat. The number on mine is #70. It’s lasered in but looks hand written with a fine point marker. I love it! And thank you also Blade HQ!
I owned 3 Bugouts. The QC was the best for this 535-191. However, the action was the worst. This 535-191 has serious lock-stick and the friction between Axis-bar and the back of the blade was really large. That never happened on any other Benchmade knives.