Benchmade Bailout AXIS Lock Knife Black Grivory (3.38" Gray) 537GY

Item #BHQ-96360
MSRP: $185.00
Our Price: $166.50
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  • Overall Length: 8.07"
  • Blade Length: 3.38"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.125"
  • Blade Width: 1.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.09"
  • Blade Material: CPM 3V
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Gray
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.70"
  • Handle Width: 1.00"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.39"
  • Handle Material: Grivory
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 2.05 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Bar Lock
  • Brand: Benchmade
  • Model: Bailout
  • Model Number: 537GY
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Gray finished tanto blade made of CPM-3V steel.
  • Dual thumb stud openers with bronze washer pivot.
  • Textured black grivory handle with a steel pommel.
  • Ambidextrous AXIS-Lock mechanism.
  • Reversible Mini Deep Carry pocket clip.


The Benchmade Bailout is both extremely lightweight and extremely tough. This nearly impossible balance makes the Bailout one of the best tactical folders on the market. Right or left handed, strong or weak side, the bailout will perform when called upon. The AXIS-Lock combined with a high-toughness carbon steel tanto blade make sure the knife can handle any use and abuse you can give it. And when the job is done, it practically vanishes into the pocket.

The Benchmade Bailout is available with both a grivory handle and a CPM-3V blade and an aluminum handle with a CPM-M4 blade!

Customer Reviews

bugout but better
Forrest W. on Oct 2, 2019

For a long time I heard great things about the bugout, and came close to getting one a time or two but i didn't. Yeah the budget is good, but it just didn't seem to fit me. "If only they had it in tanto point" I thought to myself. then, one day, it happened. i got the newsletter. INTRODUCING THE BENCHMADE BAILOUT!! Shiniing light from above, heavenly choir, my prayers had been answered, it was real! Tanto point, beefier 3v steel, and the looks to boot. i could barely hold out to get one, when I did I got it engraved. Ultra light weight, LOVE IT. I wear a lot of running shorts so it is great to have something so light that doesn't pull your shorts down. Now I'm just waiting for whenever flytanium come out with some copper scales for it. Love the scales it has, but the finish on the blade, with copper, will look amazing!! amazing knife, 10/10

Tactical Bugout
Corey E. on May 16, 2019

The knife is great. I don't know if it is better than the Bugout, but it is close. The Bailout does feel alot more "grippy" in a sense, due to the cerakoted blade, and thumb ramp on the frame. I probably will not hard use this knife, but it definitely feels up to the task. Buy with confidence!

Better than Bugout!
Daniel S. on Jul 5, 2019

This knife is fantastic. The complaints about the steel are exaggerated--I have not had any issues with 3V. Highly recommend this knife.

david f. on May 20, 2019

Super light weight, scary light. Blade is super thin, but works like any other EDC and cuts like a champ. Love 3V by the way, but first folder in 3V. Mainly use this steel in my field fixed blade knives. I can see why other hate the pommel, but realistically it is helpful part of this tool, the handle is so thin and plasticy that it helps doing other tasks. This is going to be my light weight knife, but used it as a work knife for a while, till I could resharpen it since it didn't come razor sharp like other benchmades I own. Now it's perfect.

Great EDC
Joe V. on Apr 30, 2019

Positives: As far as the overall design of the knife goes, it is basically the bugout frame; just a little longer; with a changed thumb ramp, blade shape/steel, an external lanyard loop/pommel, and a nice cerakote coating on the blade. Just like the bugout, this knife is incredible light, a fidget flicker with the axis lock and a super good slicer with the thin blade stock. Negatives: The only bad thing I can really find with the knife is that when the blade stock rubs on the axis bar when opening and especially closing, it has a gritty/grinding sort of feel. (This went away after opening it hundreds of times and breaking it in) As far as hard use goes, the 3V blade is very tough and strong. In my old review I said that the blade was too thin and would break under hard use. I wanted to retract that statement and correct it. It is not the blade you have to worry about with hard use, but you have to worry about the handle. Love this knife 6 chickens out of 5

GDPR G. on May 8, 2019

My favorite!
Nicholas A. on Aug 10, 2019

My collection consists of thousands of dollars worth of high end knives. The Bailout is my favorite. There is just something about it, weight, size, feel in the hand, it’s basically my Goldie locks knife. I’ve carried the Bugout for a year, trust me, spend the couple extra bucks on the Bailout. You won’t be disappointed.

Great Knife
Wyatt M. on May 18, 2019

I love the looks and feel of this knife, personally a lot more than the bugout, I've EDC'd that knife for about a year now. But just like the bug out the blade's grind was pretty bad out of box and pivot was very over tightened. If your like me that won't bother you too much as I just slapped a new edge on it and loosed the pivot a bit. Still would def recommend.

Always the Main
Nick C. on Apr 7, 2021

For the last year my 3V Bailout has been my primary work knife. Working in grounds keeping and auto detailing the knife is always cutting twine, rope, canvas, corrugated board, plastic bottles, and more. It does all of this and only needs a few passes over the strop once or twice a week or at the end of a hard use day. The coating on the blade is wearing behind the edge and along the blade, but has held up really well. The action is drop shut when tightened with zero blade play and is perfectly center. My only gripe was the stock scales which I switched for a set of used aluminum scales off the new M4 version. In all its a great knife...and as someone that bought it before their first sort of ruined the Bugout for's just a great user.

Not Too Bad
Thomas M. on Oct 1, 2019

I bought this knife when it first came out and I was really excited because it was my first Benchmade. I liked the 3V and the aluminum pommel on the end. I'm not a fan of the grivory scales and I replaced them with carbon fiber and even reground the blade into a different blade shape. I think I should have bought the bugout but its fine. I still carry it every day.

Light as a feather
Joshua C. on Jul 19, 2019

This knife is sharp out of the box. Good grip, very portable, almost disappears in your pocket. Holding it feels so light, honestly I'm not used to it yet. AXIS lock is probably my favorite, but at first, this knife is so light weight that it is hard to snap out with your wrist without using the thumb stud. Once you work it in a bit it goes nice and smooth. The 3V steel seems good to me.

The kit maker
Andrew G. on Aug 12, 2019

I carry a variety of items on me everyday for work as a mechanic. In my search of a well rounded edc tool load out i found the bailout to have all the pieces that the bugout lacked in a similar package. it compliments this set well and makes it an almost perfect everyday carry.

Favorite user
Cody W. on Oct 2, 2019

This is my favorite benchmade knife that sees regular use. So light you don’t even know it’s in the pocket. The tanto blade is much better than other harsh angled tantos. Two small complaints that knocked a star off for me: the blade finish is prone to snail trails very easily and the aluminum pommel seems pretty useless.

When Lanyards Trump Design
Clint Z. on Sep 6, 2019

The Bugout, Spyderco Brouwer, and now the Bailout, all sacrifice ergonomics, in pocket comfort, just so the knife can have a lanyard added for Instagram modeling. In the specific case of the Bailout / Bugout, knives that boast a super lightweight feel, why and a lanyard for weight? If the Bailout had a aluminum back spacer that was flush with the handle, this becomes an infinitely better knife. The 3V is tough, which compliments the already tough tanto point.

bigger bugout with underwhelming 3v
Cayden T. on Jun 13, 2019

knife was ok out of box fit n finish was so so even for benchmade but the heat treat is somewhere around 57 hrc so definitely not work the price tag for that soft of steel

Paying for the Knife Steel
David A. on Mar 7, 2020

My first pocket carry knife with my conceal carry pistol was the CRKT M16-04Z and hated how much that knife weighted. I wanted to own a Benchmade as I began to learn more about being a Knife Ambassador and EDC knife this blade style is what I want to carry. Love the tanto and don't care for any other blade style for EDC. I got this Bailout to replace the M16 and I hate the plastic scales on this knife. Put the aluminum version in the cart and purchase that one instead. This Benchmade should not cost no more than $100. The scales feel like they can break when using this knife. I love the light weight of the Bailout, love the blade steel, but not the scales.

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