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Benchmade Bugout AXIS Lock Knife Blue (3.24" Satin) 535

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Benchmade Bugout AXIS Lock Knife Blue (3.24" Satin) 535
MSRP: $140.00
Our Price: $119.00
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.46"
  • Blade Length:3.24"
  • Cutting Edge:3.00"
  • Blade Width:1.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.09"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Hardness:58-60 RC
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.22"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.42"
  • Handle Material:Polymer
  • Color:Blue
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:1.85 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:AXISģ
  • Brand:Benchmade
  • Model:Bugout
  • Model Number:535
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Camp/Hike, Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.46"
  • Blade Length:3.24"
  • Cutting Edge:3.00"
  • Blade Width:1.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.09"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Hardness:58-60 RC
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.22"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.42"
  • Handle Material:Polymer
  • Color:Blue
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:1.85 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:AXISģ
  • Brand:Benchmade
  • Model:Bugout
  • Model Number:535
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Camp/Hike, Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

The 535 Bugout knife is built with a blue Grivory handle and a satin finished blade with a plain cutting edge.

The Benchmade Bugout offers a lightweight, ergonomic build designed with everyday carry and general outdoor use in mind. Its high-performance CPM-S30V blade sports a partial swedge to provide a finer point, and comes fitted with blue anodized dual thumb studs for easy one-handed operation. The comfortable Grivory handle has been textured on either side for added grip without being abrasive. Comes complete with an oversized lanyard hole and reversible deep-carry clip for convenient EDC.

Features:
  • CPM-S30V blade steel for excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and cutting performance.
  • Dual thumb studs, reversible pocket clip, and AXISģ lock mechanism offer a fully ambidextrous build.
  • Lightly textured Grivory handle provides a secure grip and lightweight build.

Is the Bugout the best EDC knife of all time? Read our Benchmade Bugout Review to see!

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Customer Reviews

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Tim B.
10-21-2019
This is my second "bugout".. had to checkout this beautiful "blue" one... love these knives! Actually washed it a couple times, being so dang lite I don't notice it in my pocket. Opens like silk after a little breaking in, good S30V steel, holds an edge, easy to sharpen, what else can I say? Oh yah.. excellent fidget factor too! I'll sit on my porch and just flick this thing for hours, it opens and closes so easily!! I punish this knife, its at the top of my EDC list, a definite must have!!
First Benchmade, love it
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Tom K.
10-17-2019
Like the title says this is my first benchmade. So far i love it. Blade came razor sharp and the blade centering was perfect. I love the axis lock and havent been able to stop messing with this. I have carried it every day since i got it. Its definitely my favorite EDC right now. Size is perfect and i barely notice it in my pocket.

Thanks Benchmade and Blade HQ.
Great all around carry option
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Hunter H.
10-08-2019
Light weight, good steel, affordable and great action
Lightweight EDC
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Jon V.
10-01-2019
It's been a hot summer and I bought this knife specifically as an EDC for casual and workout shorts. It's extremely light and operates very well (#Axis). I was never really into Benchmade knives but I love my little Bugout. And it's Ben Blue, cmon (if you know, you know).

Had it about 6 months and definitely need to keep it cleaner to keep the operation smooth. Still very sharp (only touched up once).
One of the best EDC's of all time
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John E.
10-01-2019
Possibly one of the best edc's I have ever handled. IT is lightweight and ergonomic and I love the pocket clip. Also, it looks beautiful in that ben blue. Give it a shot!
Great EDC
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Eric D.
09-24-2019
My first Benchmade and I am not disappointed. For the size, it's really light and easily slides into my pocket with my keys.
Super EDC
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Charles E.
09-23-2019
Lightweight, came sharp right out of the box. Very easy to carry and conceal if necessary. Strong handle, textured scales for good grip. Blue, bright blue, easy to find if you drop it or if it is in luggage. Easy to deploy, satin stainless steel blade. A lot of stuff done to save weight, and it takes nothing away from the knife's usefulness. Good buy.
Fantastic Knife
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Eric S.
09-23-2019
This knife reminded me of one of my Benchmade Pardue knife which is why I was instantly attracted to it. It is lightweight, slim, and a workhorse. It has become my EDC. If you are going to have just one knife, I would make it this one.
First High Quality Knife
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Oscar M.
09-20-2019
Very light knife, strong blade and sharp out of the box, will definitely be buying another one!
Awesome knife
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Jeff G.
09-20-2019
Handles suck but this knife is well worth the cash. Just invest in come handles.
Excellent EDC knife, so light like its not even there.
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Matthew W.
09-05-2019
Thin, Light, Perfect for EDC. A Bugout has been in my pocket everyday since I got 'em (I got one blue and one green)
Very happy with my choice.
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Michael S.
08-27-2019
Overall I really like this knife. This is my second BM purchase and I'm satisfied.

This is a great summer carry option for lightweight shorts. The Axis lock is fantastic.
Was sharp out of the box and as always, was a pleasure dealing with BHQ.
Bugged out
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Jozef J.
08-26-2019
This knife seems to polarize the knife world. Some people are nuts about it and some people think itís the cheapest crappiest thing in the world. Personally I like it but Iím not in love. As a knife made to be ultra light weight and dependable it succeeds. Itís crazy light. Blade steel is great. The scales are cheap feeling but Iím whatever about it. I havenít heard of anyone breaking theirs and if I break mine Benchmade has a great warranty. Itís also a surprisingly large knife. My biggest gripe with this knife is just how it sounds. It makes thereís weird cheap sounding noises when you fling it open and around. I love the sound of a knife with great action and smoothness. This knife has a weird clicky clack sound. Iím being nit picky but it bothers me. Iíll get over it as the price and quality of this knife are great.
Phenomenal
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Mathieu M.
08-04-2019
S30V, fun to play with, eye catching, and AN AXIS LOCK!!!!! What else can I say? I'm in love. I use this knife as much as Kurt from knife banter uses it to cut food- which is all the time and it is holding up great since I impulse bought it a month ago.

PS: Don't try to take it apart unless you have patience though- it gets a little tricky if you try it at 3am.
Love this knife!
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Bryan L.
07-25-2019
I have nothing bad to say about this knife. I love the color, shape, weight and size! Like most, I was worried that it would feel cheap because of the flimsy handle material. But this thing it a work of art. Comes sharp, holds an edge very well, and sharpens nicely. It's also a fidget spinner replacement. (Axis lock is Highly Addictive )
Perfect EDC
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nicholas s.
07-24-2019
This knife has no flaws for an EDC knife. From the steel, to the weight, to the price. It checks off all boxes and is one of my favorites in my collection. Another upside is that there is a huge aftermarket to truly make it your own!
Always Forgetting
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Brandon T.
07-24-2019
I am consistently forgetting that I have this knife in my pocket, until I actually need it. The Benchmade Bugout is my #1 snack slicer. It is perfect for most EDC situations. I can't wait to get my Blackout Bugout this Friday!
Size Matters
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Steven V.
07-17-2019
Good steel and a good amount of blade. Very compact and lightweight while remaining fairly sturdy. Solid knife for price.
Put some copper scales on it!
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Andrew L.
07-17-2019
Beautiful blade. Didn't like the balance of the knife with the heavy blade and the light handle, so I got some Flytanium copper scales and now it's perfect and looks even more amazing. Do it, you won't regret it.
Honest Review - Great Blade, one bummer
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John G.
07-11-2019
I really like this knife. The lightweight aspect, the blade shape, the steel, the fact that (as all of you know) it just disappears into the pocket; all great things. I carry this most often of all my knives cause it rides low and is so handy. I have used this thing a ton but I do have one complaint. I am a bit of a "lock rock" snob in that I hate when i can feel blade play on my knives. Mind you, this may just be my particular knife, but I feel as though for paying 120 bucks for simple Grivory and S30V the tolerances could be a little better. However, a knife is meant to cut and be safe in the process. The minor wiggle I have on my blade I live with cause its a solid EDC that will do all you need it to. Just be willing to have some blade play if you think this will be your "drop shut" axis-lock. (I have 2 friends with the bugout and their drop-shut bugouts have a lot of play. I keep mine able to flip closed but tight enough to feel more solid.) Cheers.
A must have
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Brandon R.
07-11-2019
This knife is one that can be used daily for 90% of people out there. I never feel like I'm missing something when I'm carrying this. It isn't the most exciting, but it just does the job & does it w/out weighing you down or being unwieldy.
great EDC or backpacking knife
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Ed L.
07-11-2019
one of the best lightweight backpacking and EDC knife I own. s30v is perfect for an edc blade with its good edge retention without being difficult to sharpen. the ergos could be better but for 99% of the tasks you would use this knife for it is not an issue. the deep carry clip is great and I love the blade shape.
It doesn't feel high quality
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Izzy F.
07-11-2019
I'll be honest, it feels cheep. This is mainly due to the polymer scales that feel like cheap plastic on a kid's toy. I love the design and thats its so light but im going to put some micarta scales on it so it actually feels like a $120 knife.
It should have been 5 Stars???
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Jeff R.
07-08-2019
I liked this knife right away nice size super light, deep pocket clip. Here is the issue I had right out of the box. The Axis lock was sticking and the knife would not flip open and closed. I have a Bone collector from Benchmade that is buttery smooth. Out of the box I had to use the thumb stud to open the knife. I took it apart cleaned it oiled it and tried again after working it in for a few hours it got a little better. Took it apart and polished the metal liners put it together again and not it works great. but I should have to tune up a new knife.
Got scales from Flytanium and am sending them off to Bladeswelove for custom anodizing. Will let you know how it turns out.
True Blue
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Ditrich P.
07-07-2019
Lite, sharp,great EDC, I LOVE IT!!!!!
Fantastic knife
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Coltin G.
07-03-2019
Bought this knife to replace my former EDC knife, and so far it has performed better in every way I can think of. I love this knife and I would recommend it to anyone. Some notable features are that it is incredibly light, comes very sharp, and is as beautiful as it is durable. However, the clip is short and stiff, so I removed it, and the blade is very thin so if for whatever reason you try to pry something open it will most likely snap the blade, but you shouldn't be doing that anyway. All in all my favorite EDC so far!
Great little guy
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Dan E.
06-21-2019
Not a bad edc piece at all. Super light and I forget I have it sometimes. the pocket clip is the best. great lock up on it. I had to return it to benchmade because the lock got gritty and wouldn't unlock...not sure why. Haven't gotten it back yet but I'm waiting to see how it comes back to me. I cant wait to get it and carry it again. Wish it came with a blue handle and black blade though.
Great knife
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Stephen M.
05-07-2019
This was the first dive into the proper pocket knife collection for me and it was a great way to start. It holds a great edge and performs well especially the lock style. Thumb studs are not the strongest material and if your rough on things expect them to get rounded down and lose anodization.
Love the bugout and blade hq
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Colin M.
04-11-2019
I love the 535 bugout. It just disappears in my pocket. I was worried that the blade wouldnít be centered so I added in the notes area to see if they would make sure it was and sure enough it came center and smooth as butter. I will be making more purchases for blade hq best customer service and great prices
Nice!!
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Doug w.
03-17-2019
The lack of the metal liner reduces a lot of weight, but makes it feel cheap. Won't be able to handle a lot of stress, but works fine for daily light duty stuff.
Nice knife, good addition to most EDC collections.
New Favorite EDC
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Brian L.
03-16-2019
Superb weight, S30V blade and balanced to perfection...what more could you want in an EDC? Another hidden gem in this knife people may not know is that the AXIS lock is coated titanium. BladeHQ did a YouTube video with Benchmade about this knife and the Benchmade rep quoted the axis lock was indeed coated titanium.
Great slim EDC knife
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Jeremy B.
03-14-2019
Itís a great knife disappears in your pocket and the blade is amazing!! I recommend this knife to everyone!
Very light
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Matt W.
03-14-2019
Itís even lighter than youíd think. Functions great as a pocket knife because itís one of the only knives that will sit in your pocket with the clip keeping it out of sight and you donít notice itís in there at all because of how thin and light it is. No complaints
Of of the best all around EDC knives
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Christian X.
03-14-2019
If any random person asked me what knife to buy if they wanted something to carry everyday, this would be where I would send them. The Bugout has a great action, simple but good look to it, and s30v is an all around good to go steel. While some might not be a fan of the feel of the plastic handles, they are made well and are more tough than people might think, and they keep the knife super lightweight. AND this is one knife I can say that Benchmadeís pricing isnít way too high for. Overall, great choice for edc.
Great EDC
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Jesse T.
03-14-2019
I wonít lie, I hated this knife at first. The scales made it feel so cheap in my mind, but after giving it a chance it is one of my favorite knives. And now I want the green one too! Lightweight, great size for EDC, and love the axis lock.
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Cain K.
03-14-2019
This a great knife for edc its light weight and has good ergos
Great EDC
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Nicklas W.
03-04-2019
Great EDC knife. Very light and thin in the pocket, but it has a solid feel in hand, great lock up, good blade design and steel. Beautiful color and overall design. I don't know what else to say honestly, just buy it already.
Best edc knife
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Ryan C.
03-04-2019
I love this knife, itís fantastic for edc
A great gift
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Santino D.
03-04-2019
I gave this knife to my gf for Christmas, it seemed like the perfect gift. It is extremely light, but has a sturdy s30v blade. It definitely isnít a hard use knife (you can squeeze the scales together) but that wasnít the intended use of the gift
Awesome edc
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Austin K.
03-04-2019
Great EDC knife. I wouldn't do to much heavy work with but it's still a vary nice knife.
Fantastic knife
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Rodney M.
02-27-2019
i love this knife for edc.
Wish it were 5 Stars
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Walter R.
02-25-2019
I love so much about this knife, and it was my EDC for quite some time. Everything feels great, the design is elegant, the blade holds a sharp edge, and it's super fun to snap open. But the centering and lateral blade play are simply embarrassing (unless you're willing to crank down on the pivot). Seriously Benchmade, I'd buy these for family and friends if you'd fix this issue.
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Kailen F.
02-24-2019
I owned the Bugout for almost 2 months and after flipping it thousands if times, today it broke. I truly do love this knife and I think it's an outstanding EDC knife but as I was flipping it today, the omega springs broke.
I do love it, despite the hate
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Nicklaus P.
02-24-2019
This knife is very light, at least half the weight of the para 3, which I understand can make it feel cheap. This lightweight comes from the hollowed out plastic that makes the handle. Many donít like the plastic as it deals cheap, but itís a Benchmade, itís not a cheap knife. The blade is amazing and the axis lock is even better. The pocket clip is deep carry and very discreet. I might be ordering new scales in the future but the scales on this knife get the job done.
Just get one
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Todd M.
02-23-2019
If youíre thinking about it, just get one- you wonít be disappointed. I end up carrying this knife more than any other knives in my collection. The action is super satisfying and itís obviously very light. The only reason itís not a 5-star knife is that the blade is not even close to being centered. Doesnít seem to affect anything, but youíd think at this price that wouldnít be a problem.
Awesome knife
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Hunter A.
02-22-2019
Perfect lightweight EDC knife! The blue is a very nice color also
My 6th Benchmade I've owned.
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john c.
02-22-2019
This is a great little EDC knife that is insanely light. I understand why alot of people complain about the handle material (if you compare it to a delica or native their frn feels much more durable then the bugouts "plastic"). Been almost 10 months with the bugout and no issues. Blade came super sharp and centered. So far I've never had a omega spring break on any of my benchmades ( grip, 940, 940-2 and this bugout).
This is my first Benchmade not very happy
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Aaron m.
01-31-2019
This was my first Benchmade and all it has been is trouble first off the blade wasnít very sharp Iíve had many $20 knifes come way sharper than this one second thing the both the omega springs broke while I was just fondling the knife I took apart the knife and used some ganzo springs with had to be tweaked and third I can not get this knife smooth with no blade play I would not Recommend this knife just get a Ferrum forge gent itís way better
Good Choice
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Danny F.
01-31-2019
I've had my 535 Bugout for a while. It's been circulating through my EDC lineup. it took some getting used to for the weight, because it practically disappears in the pocket. and the S30V blade keeps its edge for quite a lot of cutting time. And after i got used to the weight and feel of the handle, it's become one of my favorites. And of course, there's the fidget aspect. The AXIS Lock is an awesome and super tough lockup, and it's addicting to flip and close over and over. For the price, this is a solid deal and I would say that after getting used to this blade, you'll love it.
Super lite and slim
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Kenneth V.
01-27-2019
I carried a Delica 4 for years and continue to carry my trusted orange friend, but in my other pocket is a new knife. The Benchmade Bugout. It's a delight to carry such a slim and lite pocket knife. Pure one handed operation. Deep carry clip, open frame design, S30V steel and Axis lock make this knife "The Total Package".
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Dale R.
01-07-2019
The 535 is my first Benchmade.

I was on the fence about buying it because I see (1) many complaints about Omega springs breaking, and (2) much skepticism about Benchmade QC.

The praise for the 535 won me over, by a hair.

I don't plan on any "hard use" for this or any of my knives.

My 535 came out of the box with perfect centering. And, it completely disappears in my pocket. (Which was my primary reason for getting it.) Slim and light.

The Axis lock sticks on the ramp of the blade - it can be difficult to pull closed if the knife is opened with some oomph. I expect the surfaces will wear together evenly, with time, and I am not going to ascribe this observation to a QC issue.

The only QC issue/complaint I have about it is that the height of the edge bevel is not uniform from tip to choil. I expect better than that from a +$100 knife, from a reputable company. That's why I'm knocking a star off.

Overall, practical utility outweighs a cosmetic fault, by a long shot. I look forward to years of forgetting that this knife is in my pocket.
Loved the design
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Ryan D.
01-03-2019
My girlfriend bought me this knife as a gift from blade hq and i loved the knife and it came in great condition but the axis lock broke a week after reciving it, My girlfriend was able to return it though no qustions asked.
Benchmade Bugout
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Ryan R.
01-02-2019
I want to start this review by saying Benchmade is in my top 3 favorite manufacturers of all time. Love their work, but this knife just falls a bit short for me. I feel like Benchmade tried to make a knife that was geared more towards "affordability". Allow me to explain, since anything over 100 bucks isn't necessarily considered affordable by many people.

They used a premium blade steel and paired it with a cheap scale material, grivory. The blade stock on this knife is very thin, and the liner is super short. the pivot is put together with 2 copper washers. The carry clip is great but a bit short for my tastes, it's essentially a shortened Benchmade deep carry clip.

I feel like this knife is literally at the bottom of the pile in terms of what Benchmade can produce. I would rather see it take more traits from the 940 family. For example, a thicker blade stock coupled with a longer internal liner would be great, and to go a step further I would love to see stock G10 or at least aluminum scales. I guess I feel like the blade could have been made so much better with a few things, and maybe a 150 dollar price tag instead of the 115?

For my money, the griptillian is head and shoulders above this model. Full liner, G10 options, and cheaper. What? Cheaper? Yep.

Don't get me wrong, I love this knife for what is is, so much that I did in fact put custom G10 scales on mine. In my opinion, this is definitely not Benchmade's best option, even at this price point.
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Chase I.
01-02-2019
I bought one after long research. Its amazing how much blade is in this low profile, lightweight folder. Iíve cut clothes off of trauma patients with it. I cut up my kids apples with it, butter bread. I field dressed, skinned, processed a small buck with it. Cracked the pelvis by hitting it with a rock in my glove. Also a decent letter opener and occasional toothpick. I bought one for my brother, he said its too pretty to use. But his blade will be breaking a sweat in no time.
Suffers from being a benchmade
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chuck k.
10-29-2018
I love this knife, or at least I did. This thing is light, thin, and cuts like nobody's business. Only problem is that within six months, both of my Omega springs in the knife snapped and rendered my bugout limper than a wet noodle. Buyer beware, quality control is STILL an issue with Benchmade.
Great knife
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matthew r.
10-23-2018
This has become my edc, love my other knives, but this one rules
Buy it.
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Joshua L.
10-09-2018
This is just an amazing knife. This is the knife that made me stop looking for other knives. It's light. It's a good size. The steel holds an edge. The axis lock is fantastic. The pocket clip is subtle and amazing. I don't know what else to say other than you will not regret this knife for edc, work or even camping. Benchmade hit it out of the park with this one.
GREAT EDC!!
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Gabe S.
10-09-2018
Have been carrying my bugout since February, the rumors of it being maybe to flimsy are greatly exaggerated... Stands up to any task you would use a knife this size for, overall great EDC knife!
Love it
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Eric S.
10-08-2018
I'm an auto knife guy, and this is my first non auto "good" knife, and my first Benchmade. I love it. It's light and carries deep in the pocket. So light in fact, that I often find myself checking my pocket just to make sure it there. Razor sharp out of the box and I love the Axis lock. My only complaint is the blade is not centered on mine. It kicks off to the right and is almost touching the scales. I don't know if this is a big issue or not, maybe just nit picking, but it doesn't seem to affect the performance at all. I can still flip it open and closed with no problems. I love it
Lightweight for Backpacking & EDC.
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Nicholas C.
09-24-2018
This knife is a featherweight, with great steel (S30v), smooth opening & closing and a fantastic blade shape & cutting edge. Itís a pretty cool knife that looks like it is made to cut and light enough you might forget you have it! I really like the blue color (also looks non-threatening)!
Perfect EDC Option
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Ben W.
08-02-2018
The weightlessness and classic utilitarian blade shape makes the 535 a formidable lightweight tool. It has surpassed all other knives in my rotation as well as my collection and is officially my go-to pocket knife. Also, the blue color really seems to disarm people that aren't comfortable around knives...It doesn't look "murdery", it looks like a tool to people that are foreign to knives. Words really can't express how much I like this knife. The edge has held extremely well, some simple stropping has kept the blade shaving sharp. The stock on the 535 is very thin, making it a great slicer. The Axis lock is extremely smooth and makes the 535 a great fidgeting device, I'm actually catching myself flipping and closing it at my desk during work. In my mind, the name is a little unfitting for this knife as it excels as an edc knife but in a bugout scenario any tool is your friend. Highly recommend this knife to both the knife enthusiast as well as the knife novice, and everyone in between.
Replaced my Delica as my fav EDC
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Adam R.
07-14-2018
This knife is fantastic for EDC. The grind on the blade is fantastic for slicing and is still thick enough to get just about any EDC done. Obviously I would not use it for super hard use; but, it has become the knife I carry the most due to it disappearing in the pocket.
TRIUMPH of form and function
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Joseph G.
06-12-2018
Absolutely love this knife. Great design on the handle and blade, super-sharp slicer and looks great too. The grivory is ultra-lightweight and surprisingly rigid. Even after heavy use a few passes on the strop and it's back to like-new sharpness. The black blade/Ranger green handle is a good look but I still favor the original blue (non-serrated, of course).
Bug out
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Rodney P.
05-19-2018
What a great knife S30v very light great EDC at a great value
Great
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Bret P.
05-18-2018
This needed a bit of a break in period like most knives do, but now it has one of the smoothest actions of any knife I own. Super light weight and easily sturdy enough for its intended use. A bit of a toothy factory grind, but itís reasonably sharp. Overall Iím super happy with the knife and itís fit and finish.
Big Fan!
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Landon C.
04-25-2018
Love this knife, 110% worth the money. I know everyone talks about how light it is, but seriously, it's freaky light. Only 2 complaints: 1. The pocket clip is a little to stiff ( which most Benchmades have ), causing it to tear up my pockets a bit more than usual, but no big deal. 2. For some reason the Axis lock on mine has a very rough, grainy action, having blasted it with air and used blue lube attempting to correct it, it's still very crunchy. Not sure why, but a very small issue. Either way, 100% happy with my purchase, and I absolutely will be pre-ordering the Tan one. Also, keep in mind this knife does not have full metal frames, which is what shaves the weight, so no wood splitting or prying with this guy if you can help it! S30V steel, Great Handle, solid lanyard hole, crazy slim in pocket, weightless design, and US made, just a Killer piece of steel. Thanks Benchmade!!
Love this knife!
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Mark Y.
04-03-2018
You can't go wrong with this EDC!
Lightweight, deep carry, great steel, sweet big blade, titanium axis lock... Just buy it now thanks blade HQ
Not A Bad Everyday Carry Knife!
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Paul P.
01-23-2018
Just received it today!

Overall, it is impressive in how light it is. Doesn't have a full-length steel frame under the handles, but that wasn't really a deterrent to not get it.

It is actually thinner than my usual carry, a Spyderco Delica.

The blade profile seems nice, but I must say it isn't a nicely finished edge. I plan on stropping it. Cuts nicely, but it just isn't super smooth.

Overall, happy with it. Decent value for what you get with Benchmade. Wouldn't consider it a "bugout" knife, though.
Perfect edc
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Joseph B.
01-20-2018
Great knife supper light in the pocket, takes up little space one of my favorites for edc. The s30v steel holds its edge great and last a long time with use.
Great light weight edc
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Bob C.
01-19-2018
This knife is the child of the 940 Osborne, and the 551 Griptilian. Super light weight, but still really strong. It is good steel, s30v, that gets and keeps an edge. It has the axis lock which is smoother than other knife I have used in this price range. It is one of my favorite knifes I own, or have used. And for the price, you can't beat it.
Excellent Light EDC
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Nathan G.
01-19-2018
This has quickly become my favorite EDC blade. Itís so light and thin that it disappears in the pocket (especially with the deep carry clip) and it slices like a scalpel thanks to the thin stock and flat grind.

If you are looking for a lightweight knife thatís a decent size and cuts like a dream, the Bugout should be one of your top choices!
Near Perfect
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Esquire K.
01-16-2018
Seriously one of my favorite EDCs. Perfect for hikes where you don't want the weight of a larger knife pulling down your short pants. Quick, smooth action, fantastic blade. If I had to find a flaw, it would be the scales, and the name, and I would only deduct 0.5 stars (maybe, I am just being a knife snob). Would be nice to have G10, but I get it, price, weight goes up. Also, I would have named it the "Trail Ninja" or "Wolf Tooth."
940 killer!
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Darryl S.
01-14-2018
This knife has superseded my expectations. I carry it everyday at work as a state trooper and use it often. I feel it is far superior to the 940 and every other Benchmade I own.
Best EDC you can buy!!!
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Michael R.
01-13-2018
Whatís not to love about this knife. Under 2oz, S30V, and the color is perfect. Also, benchmades service is second to none. Pocket clip was a little short for my liking, called and they sent me 4 different full length clips to try at no charge!
Home Run EDC
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RJ H.
01-12-2018
This knife is brilliantly executed down to the minutest detail, with a focus on weight reduction, and that focus is well held to. At 1.85 ounces, this blade makes my lightweight Spydercos feel heavy, and, unexpectedly, it feels fairly sturdy in hand. Sure, the scales flex a bit, but I don't get the impression of impending doom when using it.

The steel is fantastic for a knife right around $100. Absolutely no complaints here; S30V takes and holds a scary sharp edge.

The blue motif may come on a bit strong for some, but I'm a fan of it, especially in the ano on the thumb stud and barrel standoffs. The short deep carry clip is interesting too; very low profile for under-the-radar carry, both for yourself and for everyone around you.

The blade on mine is nigh on flawless; the plunge is quick and the sharpening choil extends just past as it should. The stock itself is very thin and leads to a monster of a slicer. The secondary bevel on mine is a tad uneven, this being my only niggle with this knife. It's still within operable condition, and is easily fixable.

Overall, this is a fantastic knife if you like light knives but want a decent blade length, this is the perfect knife for you.
slicy and light.
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Jake A.
01-08-2018
They got it right with this one. It feels much sturdier tan I had expected, and is very thin and designed for slicing. It disappears in the pocket but is always ready when you need it.
WOW
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Dylan B.
01-07-2018
I didn't think i would like this knife when it released. the handles looked a little cheap but i loved the blade shape. I ended up buying one for Christmas and i loved it so much i purchased 3 more for friends and family. An all around great knife. lightweight, high end steel, and amazing feel in the hand. Do yourself a favor and get you one. Only thing i wish benchmade would do is offer it in black as well.
Good job Benchmade
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Jim D.
01-07-2018
This has instantly become one of my favorites! I love the slim lightweight frame. Perfect blade design. Fit and finish excellent.
If you don't own one you need to buy one
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Derek C.
01-06-2018
I have now owned this knife for a few months and still find myself grabbing it for my EDC over fancier or more expensive knives. Over course it is slim and light but that's not all. It comes razor sharp and holds that edge. Opens nice with no blade play and locks tight. I really like the deep carry clip. The only thing I have done to mine since purchasing is take just a slight bit of tension off the pivot screw so that it opens faster.
Absolutely love it
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Erin R.
01-06-2018
This was my first Benchmade, and it may have started a little addiction. As a girl my pocket space is very limited so the thin profile and unobtrusiveness of this knife make it just disappear in a way no other knife has. The colors are beautiful and it works perfectly. If I ever loose it I will be back to buy another one.
Great Knife!!
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Richard J.
01-06-2018
Love the light weight of this knife. Dont even know its in my pocket.
Current favorite
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Kevin N.
01-05-2018
The benchmade 535 bugout is one of my favorite benchmades I currently own itís light weight,feels good in hand,and smooth!
HOLY MOLY
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ryan j.
01-05-2018
I just picked this Benchmade bugout at my local knife dealer and OMG! This thing is super freaking light, i literally forgot about my lost 940-2. I will be making this my edc for now. Iíd really recommend this to Anybody looking for a new Benchmade. Well worth it!
Thin, light, easy to carry
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Mark P.
01-05-2018
The blade shape, steel used, thinness, lightness, and (of course) the axis lock, make for an EDC that gets a lot of pocket time.
Awesome knife
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Dean G.
01-05-2018
Razor sharp out of the box and extremely light weight. When I first got this knife in the mail I thought to myself that this thing is not what I just spent. This observation was based on nothing but the weight. After deployment and 3 weeks of carrying it, the knife has become my favorite EDC over my othere three Benchmades. I would recommend this knife!
Knock out
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Christian C.
01-05-2018
Great job Benchmade, You really made a winner. I can't really complain about anything besides it doesn't fill the hand well. But that comes with the whole concept. Was a bummer I didn't get a first production, but it just means I get to use it more.
Benchmade never disappoints
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Ryan K.
01-05-2018
Got this a Christmas gift.. thought the box was empty itís so lightweight. Perfect size and fit. Highly recommend.
Great lightweight EDC
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Nicholas L.
01-05-2018
This was one of my first $100+ knives and I have been really impressed. This is probably my most carried knife in my collection. Great all around useful knife.
What a Knife!!
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Eric B.
01-05-2018
I love the weight, blade shape, aesthetics, and edge retention of this knife. If price is a concern it beats out the benchmade 940 Osborne, my all time favourite folder. The mini deep carry clip is an added bonus as well.
Best EDC knife EVER!!!
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Spenser P.
01-05-2018
I am a handyman by trade and like good quality knives. I did alot of" YouTube research" on this kinfe. I am not a big knife kinda guy. I wasn't sure if I would like this benchmade as much as my 940-1. but I am constantly grabbing this one more because of pocket space. Super thin and still strong enough to get the job done. It's like it's not there until you need it. I can't say it enough, I love this knife.(the benchmade bugout)
A great edc knife!
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Zack l.
01-05-2018
The great looks of this knife along with its light weight and great blade steel make this knife perfect for edc.
Great addition to my collection!
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John D.
12-21-2017
I just received this knife and I'm impressed!
This knife has grown on me very quickly. It's obvious that the thought on design and function has been applied well to the Bugout. For the weight of this knife, it is sturdy! I love the blade shape and steel used. I don't typically buy blades with colored handles but blue is my favorite color and it looks good with the satin finish blade. I can't put it down!
Axis found lacking
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Eric G.
12-13-2017
First benchmade for me. Love the weight, blade shape, and ergos, but after two weeks of carry, one of the omega springs broke.

Now, a month later and 15$ to ship for repairs and still no knife.

Last benchmade for me.
Anyone got a lil native to trade?

Knife is back from repairs. Benchmade replaced the broken omega spring, 4 torx bolts (marred during disassembly?) and sharpened the blade while it was there, although it really never had a chance to dull before it broke.
Knife is out of my EDC rotation because I have no desire to spend another 15$ the next time another of these little springs snaps.

For the price point of this knife you can find more value and reliability.
Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet (info@bladeHQ.com)? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Not disappointed!
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Max B.
10-26-2017
I've had BMs in the past, Osbornes, Grips, the Sequel to name some favorites. Each, with their own gripes..

Then the Bugout came, with it's vast high grind clip point variation, glimmering s30v blade steel and a footprint that will have ultralights shaking in their Lowas.

That being said, I was not disappointed when I received mine. I heard of several people getting 535s off center but mine was very good, maybe favoring the left a hair. The blade hasn't seen much use yet, with Benchmade's heat treatment process I doubt that's a concern. The handle really seems quite durable, despite some reviews I've read. I did however order some carbon fiber scales from a third party.

I cant wait to see what new classes of the Bugout they come out with, there's definite potential there for a new legacy.

Awesome knife, buy it when it comes in stock or preorder it. I wasn't paid to write this add, but I did just take a lot of preworkout.

Oh, and how about that pocket clip!?
Best fit and finish of my 3 new Benchmades
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Anthony P.
10-17-2017
I've purchased 3 new Benchmade knives in the past 6 months (940-1, MiniGrip, Bugout) and this Bugout is much more refined in fit and finish than either of the other examples. Blade grind and sharpening specifically were very impressive. This Bugout sports the sharpest factory edge I've seen on a production knife with even bevels side to side and a plunge grind which doesn't fall inconveniently midway up the choil. I have no concerns about the light-duty nature of the construction on this knife. I bought it for its light build and slim in the pocket nature. It hits those marks perfectly and makes for an amazing EDC knife for me. I've removed 1 star for value. The market is flooded with amazing value in this price range and sometimes Benchmade seems to forget that. In my opinion this knife would be appropriately priced from $80-$90. Look at the competition. Unless you need the absolute lightest knife of this size you can almost certainly find a better value, even if only slightly.
Perfect Slim EDC
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Carroll D.
10-07-2017
Feels surprisingly rigid given how light it is. I am a big fan of the edge retention of SV30. Finally a knife slim enough that I can use the pocket clip and still get my hand in the pocket!
Outstanding
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10-05-2017
Love the blade/grind. Handle is awesome. EDC masterpiece.

Benchmade knocked it out of the park with the Bugout and the Freek. You need both!



Extreme Lightweight
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dearld d.
07-29-2017
It really is amazing that this knife weighs less than 2 ounces. The lightweight manix has been replaced by this knife as my go to backpacking blade. I wouldn't expect this blade to stand up to a ton of abuse but for moderate cutting tasks, I think it is completely adequate.
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Description

The 535 Bugout knife is built with a blue Grivory handle and a satin finished blade with a plain cutting edge.

The Benchmade Bugout offers a lightweight, ergonomic build designed with everyday carry and general outdoor use in mind. Its high-performance CPM-S30V blade sports a partial swedge to provide a finer point, and comes fitted with blue anodized dual thumb studs for easy one-handed operation. The comfortable Grivory handle has been textured on either side for added grip without being abrasive. Comes complete with an oversized lanyard hole and reversible deep-carry clip for convenient EDC.

Features:
  • CPM-S30V blade steel for excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and cutting performance.
  • Dual thumb studs, reversible pocket clip, and AXISģ lock mechanism offer a fully ambidextrous build.
  • Lightly textured Grivory handle provides a secure grip and lightweight build.

Is the Bugout the best EDC knife of all time? Read our Benchmade Bugout Review to see!

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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.46"
  • Blade Length:3.24"
  • Cutting Edge:3.00"
  • Blade Width:1.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.09"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Hardness:58-60 RC
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.22"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.42"
  • Handle Material:Polymer
  • Color:Blue
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:1.85 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:AXISģ
  • Brand:Benchmade
  • Model:Bugout
  • Model Number:535
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Camp/Hike, Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife

Customer Reviews

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Tim B.
10-21-2019
This is my second "bugout".. had to checkout this beautiful "blue" one... love these knives! Actually washed it a couple times, being so dang lite I don't notice it in my pocket. Opens like silk after a little breaking in, good S30V steel, holds an edge, easy to sharpen, what else can I say? Oh yah.. excellent fidget factor too! I'll sit on my porch and just flick this thing for hours, it opens and closes so easily!! I punish this knife, its at the top of my EDC list, a definite must have!!
First Benchmade, love it
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Tom K.
10-17-2019
Like the title says this is my first benchmade. So far i love it. Blade came razor sharp and the blade centering was perfect. I love the axis lock and havent been able to stop messing with this. I have carried it every day since i got it. Its definitely my favorite EDC right now. Size is perfect and i barely notice it in my pocket.

Thanks Benchmade and Blade HQ.
Great all around carry option
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Hunter H.
10-08-2019
Light weight, good steel, affordable and great action
Lightweight EDC
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Jon V.
10-01-2019
It's been a hot summer and I bought this knife specifically as an EDC for casual and workout shorts. It's extremely light and operates very well (#Axis). I was never really into Benchmade knives but I love my little Bugout. And it's Ben Blue, cmon (if you know, you know).

Had it about 6 months and definitely need to keep it cleaner to keep the operation smooth. Still very sharp (only touched up once).
One of the best EDC's of all time
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John E.
10-01-2019
Possibly one of the best edc's I have ever handled. IT is lightweight and ergonomic and I love the pocket clip. Also, it looks beautiful in that ben blue. Give it a shot!
Great EDC
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Eric D.
09-24-2019
My first Benchmade and I am not disappointed. For the size, it's really light and easily slides into my pocket with my keys.
Super EDC
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Charles E.
09-23-2019
Lightweight, came sharp right out of the box. Very easy to carry and conceal if necessary. Strong handle, textured scales for good grip. Blue, bright blue, easy to find if you drop it or if it is in luggage. Easy to deploy, satin stainless steel blade. A lot of stuff done to save weight, and it takes nothing away from the knife's usefulness. Good buy.
Fantastic Knife
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Eric S.
09-23-2019
This knife reminded me of one of my Benchmade Pardue knife which is why I was instantly attracted to it. It is lightweight, slim, and a workhorse. It has become my EDC. If you are going to have just one knife, I would make it this one.
First High Quality Knife
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Oscar M.
09-20-2019
Very light knife, strong blade and sharp out of the box, will definitely be buying another one!
Awesome knife
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Jeff G.
09-20-2019
Handles suck but this knife is well worth the cash. Just invest in come handles.
Excellent EDC knife, so light like its not even there.
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Matthew W.
09-05-2019
Thin, Light, Perfect for EDC. A Bugout has been in my pocket everyday since I got 'em (I got one blue and one green)
Very happy with my choice.
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Michael S.
08-27-2019
Overall I really like this knife. This is my second BM purchase and I'm satisfied.

This is a great summer carry option for lightweight shorts. The Axis lock is fantastic.
Was sharp out of the box and as always, was a pleasure dealing with BHQ.
Bugged out
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Jozef J.
08-26-2019
This knife seems to polarize the knife world. Some people are nuts about it and some people think itís the cheapest crappiest thing in the world. Personally I like it but Iím not in love. As a knife made to be ultra light weight and dependable it succeeds. Itís crazy light. Blade steel is great. The scales are cheap feeling but Iím whatever about it. I havenít heard of anyone breaking theirs and if I break mine Benchmade has a great warranty. Itís also a surprisingly large knife. My biggest gripe with this knife is just how it sounds. It makes thereís weird cheap sounding noises when you fling it open and around. I love the sound of a knife with great action and smoothness. This knife has a weird clicky clack sound. Iím being nit picky but it bothers me. Iíll get over it as the price and quality of this knife are great.
Phenomenal
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Mathieu M.
08-04-2019
S30V, fun to play with, eye catching, and AN AXIS LOCK!!!!! What else can I say? I'm in love. I use this knife as much as Kurt from knife banter uses it to cut food- which is all the time and it is holding up great since I impulse bought it a month ago.

PS: Don't try to take it apart unless you have patience though- it gets a little tricky if you try it at 3am.
Love this knife!
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Bryan L.
07-25-2019
I have nothing bad to say about this knife. I love the color, shape, weight and size! Like most, I was worried that it would feel cheap because of the flimsy handle material. But this thing it a work of art. Comes sharp, holds an edge very well, and sharpens nicely. It's also a fidget spinner replacement. (Axis lock is Highly Addictive )
Perfect EDC
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nicholas s.
07-24-2019
This knife has no flaws for an EDC knife. From the steel, to the weight, to the price. It checks off all boxes and is one of my favorites in my collection. Another upside is that there is a huge aftermarket to truly make it your own!
Always Forgetting
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Brandon T.
07-24-2019
I am consistently forgetting that I have this knife in my pocket, until I actually need it. The Benchmade Bugout is my #1 snack slicer. It is perfect for most EDC situations. I can't wait to get my Blackout Bugout this Friday!
Size Matters
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Steven V.
07-17-2019
Good steel and a good amount of blade. Very compact and lightweight while remaining fairly sturdy. Solid knife for price.
Put some copper scales on it!
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Andrew L.
07-17-2019
Beautiful blade. Didn't like the balance of the knife with the heavy blade and the light handle, so I got some Flytanium copper scales and now it's perfect and looks even more amazing. Do it, you won't regret it.
Honest Review - Great Blade, one bummer
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John G.
07-11-2019
I really like this knife. The lightweight aspect, the blade shape, the steel, the fact that (as all of you know) it just disappears into the pocket; all great things. I carry this most often of all my knives cause it rides low and is so handy. I have used this thing a ton but I do have one complaint. I am a bit of a "lock rock" snob in that I hate when i can feel blade play on my knives. Mind you, this may just be my particular knife, but I feel as though for paying 120 bucks for simple Grivory and S30V the tolerances could be a little better. However, a knife is meant to cut and be safe in the process. The minor wiggle I have on my blade I live with cause its a solid EDC that will do all you need it to. Just be willing to have some blade play if you think this will be your "drop shut" axis-lock. (I have 2 friends with the bugout and their drop-shut bugouts have a lot of play. I keep mine able to flip closed but tight enough to feel more solid.) Cheers.
A must have
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Brandon R.
07-11-2019
This knife is one that can be used daily for 90% of people out there. I never feel like I'm missing something when I'm carrying this. It isn't the most exciting, but it just does the job & does it w/out weighing you down or being unwieldy.
great EDC or backpacking knife
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Ed L.
07-11-2019
one of the best lightweight backpacking and EDC knife I own. s30v is perfect for an edc blade with its good edge retention without being difficult to sharpen. the ergos could be better but for 99% of the tasks you would use this knife for it is not an issue. the deep carry clip is great and I love the blade shape.
It doesn't feel high quality
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Izzy F.
07-11-2019
I'll be honest, it feels cheep. This is mainly due to the polymer scales that feel like cheap plastic on a kid's toy. I love the design and thats its so light but im going to put some micarta scales on it so it actually feels like a $120 knife.
It should have been 5 Stars???
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Jeff R.
07-08-2019
I liked this knife right away nice size super light, deep pocket clip. Here is the issue I had right out of the box. The Axis lock was sticking and the knife would not flip open and closed. I have a Bone collector from Benchmade that is buttery smooth. Out of the box I had to use the thumb stud to open the knife. I took it apart cleaned it oiled it and tried again after working it in for a few hours it got a little better. Took it apart and polished the metal liners put it together again and not it works great. but I should have to tune up a new knife.
Got scales from Flytanium and am sending them off to Bladeswelove for custom anodizing. Will let you know how it turns out.
True Blue
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Ditrich P.
07-07-2019
Lite, sharp,great EDC, I LOVE IT!!!!!
Fantastic knife
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Coltin G.
07-03-2019
Bought this knife to replace my former EDC knife, and so far it has performed better in every way I can think of. I love this knife and I would recommend it to anyone. Some notable features are that it is incredibly light, comes very sharp, and is as beautiful as it is durable. However, the clip is short and stiff, so I removed it, and the blade is very thin so if for whatever reason you try to pry something open it will most likely snap the blade, but you shouldn't be doing that anyway. All in all my favorite EDC so far!
Great little guy
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Dan E.
06-21-2019
Not a bad edc piece at all. Super light and I forget I have it sometimes. the pocket clip is the best. great lock up on it. I had to return it to benchmade because the lock got gritty and wouldn't unlock...not sure why. Haven't gotten it back yet but I'm waiting to see how it comes back to me. I cant wait to get it and carry it again. Wish it came with a blue handle and black blade though.
Great knife
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Stephen M.
05-07-2019
This was the first dive into the proper pocket knife collection for me and it was a great way to start. It holds a great edge and performs well especially the lock style. Thumb studs are not the strongest material and if your rough on things expect them to get rounded down and lose anodization.
Love the bugout and blade hq
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Colin M.
04-11-2019
I love the 535 bugout. It just disappears in my pocket. I was worried that the blade wouldnít be centered so I added in the notes area to see if they would make sure it was and sure enough it came center and smooth as butter. I will be making more purchases for blade hq best customer service and great prices
Nice!!
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Doug w.
03-17-2019
The lack of the metal liner reduces a lot of weight, but makes it feel cheap. Won't be able to handle a lot of stress, but works fine for daily light duty stuff.
Nice knife, good addition to most EDC collections.
New Favorite EDC
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Brian L.
03-16-2019
Superb weight, S30V blade and balanced to perfection...what more could you want in an EDC? Another hidden gem in this knife people may not know is that the AXIS lock is coated titanium. BladeHQ did a YouTube video with Benchmade about this knife and the Benchmade rep quoted the axis lock was indeed coated titanium.
Great slim EDC knife
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Jeremy B.
03-14-2019
Itís a great knife disappears in your pocket and the blade is amazing!! I recommend this knife to everyone!
Very light
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Matt W.
03-14-2019
Itís even lighter than youíd think. Functions great as a pocket knife because itís one of the only knives that will sit in your pocket with the clip keeping it out of sight and you donít notice itís in there at all because of how thin and light it is. No complaints
Of of the best all around EDC knives
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Christian X.
03-14-2019
If any random person asked me what knife to buy if they wanted something to carry everyday, this would be where I would send them. The Bugout has a great action, simple but good look to it, and s30v is an all around good to go steel. While some might not be a fan of the feel of the plastic handles, they are made well and are more tough than people might think, and they keep the knife super lightweight. AND this is one knife I can say that Benchmadeís pricing isnít way too high for. Overall, great choice for edc.
Great EDC
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Jesse T.
03-14-2019
I wonít lie, I hated this knife at first. The scales made it feel so cheap in my mind, but after giving it a chance it is one of my favorite knives. And now I want the green one too! Lightweight, great size for EDC, and love the axis lock.
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Cain K.
03-14-2019
This a great knife for edc its light weight and has good ergos
Great EDC
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Nicklas W.
03-04-2019
Great EDC knife. Very light and thin in the pocket, but it has a solid feel in hand, great lock up, good blade design and steel. Beautiful color and overall design. I don't know what else to say honestly, just buy it already.
Best edc knife
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Ryan C.
03-04-2019
I love this knife, itís fantastic for edc
A great gift
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Santino D.
03-04-2019
I gave this knife to my gf for Christmas, it seemed like the perfect gift. It is extremely light, but has a sturdy s30v blade. It definitely isnít a hard use knife (you can squeeze the scales together) but that wasnít the intended use of the gift
Awesome edc
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Austin K.
03-04-2019
Great EDC knife. I wouldn't do to much heavy work with but it's still a vary nice knife.
Fantastic knife
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Rodney M.
02-27-2019
i love this knife for edc.
Wish it were 5 Stars
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Walter R.
02-25-2019
I love so much about this knife, and it was my EDC for quite some time. Everything feels great, the design is elegant, the blade holds a sharp edge, and it's super fun to snap open. But the centering and lateral blade play are simply embarrassing (unless you're willing to crank down on the pivot). Seriously Benchmade, I'd buy these for family and friends if you'd fix this issue.
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Kailen F.
02-24-2019
I owned the Bugout for almost 2 months and after flipping it thousands if times, today it broke. I truly do love this knife and I think it's an outstanding EDC knife but as I was flipping it today, the omega springs broke.
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Nicklaus P.
02-24-2019
This knife is very light, at least half the weight of the para 3, which I understand can make it feel cheap. This lightweight comes from the hollowed out plastic that makes the handle. Many donít like the plastic as it deals cheap, but itís a Benchmade, itís not a cheap knife. The blade is amazing and the axis lock is even better. The pocket clip is deep carry and very discreet. I might be ordering new scales in the future but the scales on this knife get the job done.
Just get one
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Todd M.
02-23-2019
If youíre thinking about it, just get one- you wonít be disappointed. I end up carrying this knife more than any other knives in my collection. The action is super satisfying and itís obviously very light. The only reason itís not a 5-star knife is that the blade is not even close to being centered. Doesnít seem to affect anything, but youíd think at this price that wouldnít be a problem.
Awesome knife
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Hunter A.
02-22-2019
Perfect lightweight EDC knife! The blue is a very nice color also
My 6th Benchmade I've owned.
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john c.
02-22-2019
This is a great little EDC knife that is insanely light. I understand why alot of people complain about the handle material (if you compare it to a delica or native their frn feels much more durable then the bugouts "plastic"). Been almost 10 months with the bugout and no issues. Blade came super sharp and centered. So far I've never had a omega spring break on any of my benchmades ( grip, 940, 940-2 and this bugout).
This is my first Benchmade not very happy
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Aaron m.
01-31-2019
This was my first Benchmade and all it has been is trouble first off the blade wasnít very sharp Iíve had many $20 knifes come way sharper than this one second thing the both the omega springs broke while I was just fondling the knife I took apart the knife and used some ganzo springs with had to be tweaked and third I can not get this knife smooth with no blade play I would not Recommend this knife just get a Ferrum forge gent itís way better
Good Choice
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Danny F.
01-31-2019
I've had my 535 Bugout for a while. It's been circulating through my EDC lineup. it took some getting used to for the weight, because it practically disappears in the pocket. and the S30V blade keeps its edge for quite a lot of cutting time. And after i got used to the weight and feel of the handle, it's become one of my favorites. And of course, there's the fidget aspect. The AXIS Lock is an awesome and super tough lockup, and it's addicting to flip and close over and over. For the price, this is a solid deal and I would say that after getting used to this blade, you'll love it.
Super lite and slim
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Kenneth V.
01-27-2019
I carried a Delica 4 for years and continue to carry my trusted orange friend, but in my other pocket is a new knife. The Benchmade Bugout. It's a delight to carry such a slim and lite pocket knife. Pure one handed operation. Deep carry clip, open frame design, S30V steel and Axis lock make this knife "The Total Package".
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Dale R.
01-07-2019
The 535 is my first Benchmade.

I was on the fence about buying it because I see (1) many complaints about Omega springs breaking, and (2) much skepticism about Benchmade QC.

The praise for the 535 won me over, by a hair.

I don't plan on any "hard use" for this or any of my knives.

My 535 came out of the box with perfect centering. And, it completely disappears in my pocket. (Which was my primary reason for getting it.) Slim and light.

The Axis lock sticks on the ramp of the blade - it can be difficult to pull closed if the knife is opened with some oomph. I expect the surfaces will wear together evenly, with time, and I am not going to ascribe this observation to a QC issue.

The only QC issue/complaint I have about it is that the height of the edge bevel is not uniform from tip to choil. I expect better than that from a +$100 knife, from a reputable company. That's why I'm knocking a star off.

Overall, practical utility outweighs a cosmetic fault, by a long shot. I look forward to years of forgetting that this knife is in my pocket.
Loved the design
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Ryan D.
01-03-2019
My girlfriend bought me this knife as a gift from blade hq and i loved the knife and it came in great condition but the axis lock broke a week after reciving it, My girlfriend was able to return it though no qustions asked.
Benchmade Bugout
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Ryan R.
01-02-2019
I want to start this review by saying Benchmade is in my top 3 favorite manufacturers of all time. Love their work, but this knife just falls a bit short for me. I feel like Benchmade tried to make a knife that was geared more towards "affordability". Allow me to explain, since anything over 100 bucks isn't necessarily considered affordable by many people.

They used a premium blade steel and paired it with a cheap scale material, grivory. The blade stock on this knife is very thin, and the liner is super short. the pivot is put together with 2 copper washers. The carry clip is great but a bit short for my tastes, it's essentially a shortened Benchmade deep carry clip.

I feel like this knife is literally at the bottom of the pile in terms of what Benchmade can produce. I would rather see it take more traits from the 940 family. For example, a thicker blade stock coupled with a longer internal liner would be great, and to go a step further I would love to see stock G10 or at least aluminum scales. I guess I feel like the blade could have been made so much better with a few things, and maybe a 150 dollar price tag instead of the 115?

For my money, the griptillian is head and shoulders above this model. Full liner, G10 options, and cheaper. What? Cheaper? Yep.

Don't get me wrong, I love this knife for what is is, so much that I did in fact put custom G10 scales on mine. In my opinion, this is definitely not Benchmade's best option, even at this price point.
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Chase I.
01-02-2019
I bought one after long research. Its amazing how much blade is in this low profile, lightweight folder. Iíve cut clothes off of trauma patients with it. I cut up my kids apples with it, butter bread. I field dressed, skinned, processed a small buck with it. Cracked the pelvis by hitting it with a rock in my glove. Also a decent letter opener and occasional toothpick. I bought one for my brother, he said its too pretty to use. But his blade will be breaking a sweat in no time.
Suffers from being a benchmade
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chuck k.
10-29-2018
I love this knife, or at least I did. This thing is light, thin, and cuts like nobody's business. Only problem is that within six months, both of my Omega springs in the knife snapped and rendered my bugout limper than a wet noodle. Buyer beware, quality control is STILL an issue with Benchmade.
Great knife
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matthew r.
10-23-2018
This has become my edc, love my other knives, but this one rules
Buy it.
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Joshua L.
10-09-2018
This is just an amazing knife. This is the knife that made me stop looking for other knives. It's light. It's a good size. The steel holds an edge. The axis lock is fantastic. The pocket clip is subtle and amazing. I don't know what else to say other than you will not regret this knife for edc, work or even camping. Benchmade hit it out of the park with this one.
GREAT EDC!!
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Gabe S.
10-09-2018
Have been carrying my bugout since February, the rumors of it being maybe to flimsy are greatly exaggerated... Stands up to any task you would use a knife this size for, overall great EDC knife!
Love it
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Eric S.
10-08-2018
I'm an auto knife guy, and this is my first non auto "good" knife, and my first Benchmade. I love it. It's light and carries deep in the pocket. So light in fact, that I often find myself checking my pocket just to make sure it there. Razor sharp out of the box and I love the Axis lock. My only complaint is the blade is not centered on mine. It kicks off to the right and is almost touching the scales. I don't know if this is a big issue or not, maybe just nit picking, but it doesn't seem to affect the performance at all. I can still flip it open and closed with no problems. I love it
Lightweight for Backpacking & EDC.
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Nicholas C.
09-24-2018
This knife is a featherweight, with great steel (S30v), smooth opening & closing and a fantastic blade shape & cutting edge. Itís a pretty cool knife that looks like it is made to cut and light enough you might forget you have it! I really like the blue color (also looks non-threatening)!
Perfect EDC Option
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Ben W.
08-02-2018
The weightlessness and classic utilitarian blade shape makes the 535 a formidable lightweight tool. It has surpassed all other knives in my rotation as well as my collection and is officially my go-to pocket knife. Also, the blue color really seems to disarm people that aren't comfortable around knives...It doesn't look "murdery", it looks like a tool to people that are foreign to knives. Words really can't express how much I like this knife. The edge has held extremely well, some simple stropping has kept the blade shaving sharp. The stock on the 535 is very thin, making it a great slicer. The Axis lock is extremely smooth and makes the 535 a great fidgeting device, I'm actually catching myself flipping and closing it at my desk during work. In my mind, the name is a little unfitting for this knife as it excels as an edc knife but in a bugout scenario any tool is your friend. Highly recommend this knife to both the knife enthusiast as well as the knife novice, and everyone in between.
Replaced my Delica as my fav EDC
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Adam R.
07-14-2018
This knife is fantastic for EDC. The grind on the blade is fantastic for slicing and is still thick enough to get just about any EDC done. Obviously I would not use it for super hard use; but, it has become the knife I carry the most due to it disappearing in the pocket.
TRIUMPH of form and function
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Joseph G.
06-12-2018
Absolutely love this knife. Great design on the handle and blade, super-sharp slicer and looks great too. The grivory is ultra-lightweight and surprisingly rigid. Even after heavy use a few passes on the strop and it's back to like-new sharpness. The black blade/Ranger green handle is a good look but I still favor the original blue (non-serrated, of course).
Bug out
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Rodney P.
05-19-2018
What a great knife S30v very light great EDC at a great value
Great
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Bret P.
05-18-2018
This needed a bit of a break in period like most knives do, but now it has one of the smoothest actions of any knife I own. Super light weight and easily sturdy enough for its intended use. A bit of a toothy factory grind, but itís reasonably sharp. Overall Iím super happy with the knife and itís fit and finish.
Big Fan!
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Landon C.
04-25-2018
Love this knife, 110% worth the money. I know everyone talks about how light it is, but seriously, it's freaky light. Only 2 complaints: 1. The pocket clip is a little to stiff ( which most Benchmades have ), causing it to tear up my pockets a bit more than usual, but no big deal. 2. For some reason the Axis lock on mine has a very rough, grainy action, having blasted it with air and used blue lube attempting to correct it, it's still very crunchy. Not sure why, but a very small issue. Either way, 100% happy with my purchase, and I absolutely will be pre-ordering the Tan one. Also, keep in mind this knife does not have full metal frames, which is what shaves the weight, so no wood splitting or prying with this guy if you can help it! S30V steel, Great Handle, solid lanyard hole, crazy slim in pocket, weightless design, and US made, just a Killer piece of steel. Thanks Benchmade!!
Love this knife!
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Mark Y.
04-03-2018
You can't go wrong with this EDC!
Lightweight, deep carry, great steel, sweet big blade, titanium axis lock... Just buy it now thanks blade HQ
Not A Bad Everyday Carry Knife!
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Paul P.
01-23-2018
Just received it today!

Overall, it is impressive in how light it is. Doesn't have a full-length steel frame under the handles, but that wasn't really a deterrent to not get it.

It is actually thinner than my usual carry, a Spyderco Delica.

The blade profile seems nice, but I must say it isn't a nicely finished edge. I plan on stropping it. Cuts nicely, but it just isn't super smooth.

Overall, happy with it. Decent value for what you get with Benchmade. Wouldn't consider it a "bugout" knife, though.
Perfect edc
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Joseph B.
01-20-2018
Great knife supper light in the pocket, takes up little space one of my favorites for edc. The s30v steel holds its edge great and last a long time with use.
Great light weight edc
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Bob C.
01-19-2018
This knife is the child of the 940 Osborne, and the 551 Griptilian. Super light weight, but still really strong. It is good steel, s30v, that gets and keeps an edge. It has the axis lock which is smoother than other knife I have used in this price range. It is one of my favorite knifes I own, or have used. And for the price, you can't beat it.
Excellent Light EDC
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Nathan G.
01-19-2018
This has quickly become my favorite EDC blade. Itís so light and thin that it disappears in the pocket (especially with the deep carry clip) and it slices like a scalpel thanks to the thin stock and flat grind.

If you are looking for a lightweight knife thatís a decent size and cuts like a dream, the Bugout should be one of your top choices!
Near Perfect
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Esquire K.
01-16-2018
Seriously one of my favorite EDCs. Perfect for hikes where you don't want the weight of a larger knife pulling down your short pants. Quick, smooth action, fantastic blade. If I had to find a flaw, it would be the scales, and the name, and I would only deduct 0.5 stars (maybe, I am just being a knife snob). Would be nice to have G10, but I get it, price, weight goes up. Also, I would have named it the "Trail Ninja" or "Wolf Tooth."
940 killer!
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Darryl S.
01-14-2018
This knife has superseded my expectations. I carry it everyday at work as a state trooper and use it often. I feel it is far superior to the 940 and every other Benchmade I own.
Best EDC you can buy!!!
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Michael R.
01-13-2018
Whatís not to love about this knife. Under 2oz, S30V, and the color is perfect. Also, benchmades service is second to none. Pocket clip was a little short for my liking, called and they sent me 4 different full length clips to try at no charge!
Home Run EDC
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RJ H.
01-12-2018
This knife is brilliantly executed down to the minutest detail, with a focus on weight reduction, and that focus is well held to. At 1.85 ounces, this blade makes my lightweight Spydercos feel heavy, and, unexpectedly, it feels fairly sturdy in hand. Sure, the scales flex a bit, but I don't get the impression of impending doom when using it.

The steel is fantastic for a knife right around $100. Absolutely no complaints here; S30V takes and holds a scary sharp edge.

The blue motif may come on a bit strong for some, but I'm a fan of it, especially in the ano on the thumb stud and barrel standoffs. The short deep carry clip is interesting too; very low profile for under-the-radar carry, both for yourself and for everyone around you.

The blade on mine is nigh on flawless; the plunge is quick and the sharpening choil extends just past as it should. The stock itself is very thin and leads to a monster of a slicer. The secondary bevel on mine is a tad uneven, this being my only niggle with this knife. It's still within operable condition, and is easily fixable.

Overall, this is a fantastic knife if you like light knives but want a decent blade length, this is the perfect knife for you.
slicy and light.
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Jake A.
01-08-2018
They got it right with this one. It feels much sturdier tan I had expected, and is very thin and designed for slicing. It disappears in the pocket but is always ready when you need it.
WOW
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Dylan B.
01-07-2018
I didn't think i would like this knife when it released. the handles looked a little cheap but i loved the blade shape. I ended up buying one for Christmas and i loved it so much i purchased 3 more for friends and family. An all around great knife. lightweight, high end steel, and amazing feel in the hand. Do yourself a favor and get you one. Only thing i wish benchmade would do is offer it in black as well.
Good job Benchmade
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Jim D.
01-07-2018
This has instantly become one of my favorites! I love the slim lightweight frame. Perfect blade design. Fit and finish excellent.
If you don't own one you need to buy one
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Derek C.
01-06-2018
I have now owned this knife for a few months and still find myself grabbing it for my EDC over fancier or more expensive knives. Over course it is slim and light but that's not all. It comes razor sharp and holds that edge. Opens nice with no blade play and locks tight. I really like the deep carry clip. The only thing I have done to mine since purchasing is take just a slight bit of tension off the pivot screw so that it opens faster.
Absolutely love it
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Erin R.
01-06-2018
This was my first Benchmade, and it may have started a little addiction. As a girl my pocket space is very limited so the thin profile and unobtrusiveness of this knife make it just disappear in a way no other knife has. The colors are beautiful and it works perfectly. If I ever loose it I will be back to buy another one.
Great Knife!!
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Richard J.
01-06-2018
Love the light weight of this knife. Dont even know its in my pocket.
Current favorite
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Kevin N.
01-05-2018
The benchmade 535 bugout is one of my favorite benchmades I currently own itís light weight,feels good in hand,and smooth!
HOLY MOLY
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ryan j.
01-05-2018
I just picked this Benchmade bugout at my local knife dealer and OMG! This thing is super freaking light, i literally forgot about my lost 940-2. I will be making this my edc for now. Iíd really recommend this to Anybody looking for a new Benchmade. Well worth it!
Thin, light, easy to carry
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Mark P.
01-05-2018
The blade shape, steel used, thinness, lightness, and (of course) the axis lock, make for an EDC that gets a lot of pocket time.
Awesome knife
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Dean G.
01-05-2018
Razor sharp out of the box and extremely light weight. When I first got this knife in the mail I thought to myself that this thing is not what I just spent. This observation was based on nothing but the weight. After deployment and 3 weeks of carrying it, the knife has become my favorite EDC over my othere three Benchmades. I would recommend this knife!
Knock out
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Christian C.
01-05-2018
Great job Benchmade, You really made a winner. I can't really complain about anything besides it doesn't fill the hand well. But that comes with the whole concept. Was a bummer I didn't get a first production, but it just means I get to use it more.
Benchmade never disappoints
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Ryan K.
01-05-2018
Got this a Christmas gift.. thought the box was empty itís so lightweight. Perfect size and fit. Highly recommend.
Great lightweight EDC
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Nicholas L.
01-05-2018
This was one of my first $100+ knives and I have been really impressed. This is probably my most carried knife in my collection. Great all around useful knife.
What a Knife!!
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Eric B.
01-05-2018
I love the weight, blade shape, aesthetics, and edge retention of this knife. If price is a concern it beats out the benchmade 940 Osborne, my all time favourite folder. The mini deep carry clip is an added bonus as well.
Best EDC knife EVER!!!
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Spenser P.
01-05-2018
I am a handyman by trade and like good quality knives. I did alot of" YouTube research" on this kinfe. I am not a big knife kinda guy. I wasn't sure if I would like this benchmade as much as my 940-1. but I am constantly grabbing this one more because of pocket space. Super thin and still strong enough to get the job done. It's like it's not there until you need it. I can't say it enough, I love this knife.(the benchmade bugout)
A great edc knife!
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Zack l.
01-05-2018
The great looks of this knife along with its light weight and great blade steel make this knife perfect for edc.
Great addition to my collection!
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John D.
12-21-2017
I just received this knife and I'm impressed!
This knife has grown on me very quickly. It's obvious that the thought on design and function has been applied well to the Bugout. For the weight of this knife, it is sturdy! I love the blade shape and steel used. I don't typically buy blades with colored handles but blue is my favorite color and it looks good with the satin finish blade. I can't put it down!
Axis found lacking
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Eric G.
12-13-2017
First benchmade for me. Love the weight, blade shape, and ergos, but after two weeks of carry, one of the omega springs broke.

Now, a month later and 15$ to ship for repairs and still no knife.

Last benchmade for me.
Anyone got a lil native to trade?

Knife is back from repairs. Benchmade replaced the broken omega spring, 4 torx bolts (marred during disassembly?) and sharpened the blade while it was there, although it really never had a chance to dull before it broke.
Knife is out of my EDC rotation because I have no desire to spend another 15$ the next time another of these little springs snaps.

For the price point of this knife you can find more value and reliability.
Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet (info@bladeHQ.com)? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Not disappointed!
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Max B.
10-26-2017
I've had BMs in the past, Osbornes, Grips, the Sequel to name some favorites. Each, with their own gripes..

Then the Bugout came, with it's vast high grind clip point variation, glimmering s30v blade steel and a footprint that will have ultralights shaking in their Lowas.

That being said, I was not disappointed when I received mine. I heard of several people getting 535s off center but mine was very good, maybe favoring the left a hair. The blade hasn't seen much use yet, with Benchmade's heat treatment process I doubt that's a concern. The handle really seems quite durable, despite some reviews I've read. I did however order some carbon fiber scales from a third party.

I cant wait to see what new classes of the Bugout they come out with, there's definite potential there for a new legacy.

Awesome knife, buy it when it comes in stock or preorder it. I wasn't paid to write this add, but I did just take a lot of preworkout.

Oh, and how about that pocket clip!?
Best fit and finish of my 3 new Benchmades
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Anthony P.
10-17-2017
I've purchased 3 new Benchmade knives in the past 6 months (940-1, MiniGrip, Bugout) and this Bugout is much more refined in fit and finish than either of the other examples. Blade grind and sharpening specifically were very impressive. This Bugout sports the sharpest factory edge I've seen on a production knife with even bevels side to side and a plunge grind which doesn't fall inconveniently midway up the choil. I have no concerns about the light-duty nature of the construction on this knife. I bought it for its light build and slim in the pocket nature. It hits those marks perfectly and makes for an amazing EDC knife for me. I've removed 1 star for value. The market is flooded with amazing value in this price range and sometimes Benchmade seems to forget that. In my opinion this knife would be appropriately priced from $80-$90. Look at the competition. Unless you need the absolute lightest knife of this size you can almost certainly find a better value, even if only slightly.
Perfect Slim EDC
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Carroll D.
10-07-2017
Feels surprisingly rigid given how light it is. I am a big fan of the edge retention of SV30. Finally a knife slim enough that I can use the pocket clip and still get my hand in the pocket!
Outstanding
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10-05-2017
Love the blade/grind. Handle is awesome. EDC masterpiece.

Benchmade knocked it out of the park with the Bugout and the Freek. You need both!



Extreme Lightweight
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dearld d.
07-29-2017
It really is amazing that this knife weighs less than 2 ounces. The lightweight manix has been replaced by this knife as my go to backpacking blade. I wouldn't expect this blade to stand up to a ton of abuse but for moderate cutting tasks, I think it is completely adequate.
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