Benchmade Shootout D/A OTF Automatic Knife CF-Elite (3.5" Flat Earth PVD) 5370FE


  • Tanto style blade made from CPM CRU-WEAR carbon steel with a flat earth colored PVD finish.
  • Thumb slide opener for snappy opening and closing action.
  • CF-Elite handle with a carbide glass breaker.
  • Reversible deep-carry pocket clip.


The Benchmade Shootout is a Benchmade OTF knife with some seriously great attributes. It features a lightweight, strong CF-Elite handle with a reversible pocket clip, and a CRU-WEAR super steel blade with a flat dark earth PVD finish.

While it's not an issue for all, for others, symmetry is a must. We're happy to report that the Benchmade Shootout has a centered blade, not offset like many OTF knives.

Loving the look, but not feeling the OTF automatic? Check out the Benchmade Bailout! It bears a striking resemblance.

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Item #BHQ-137279
MSRP: $325.00
Our Price: $292.50
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  • Overall Length: 8.22"
  • Blade Length: 3.51"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.50"
  • Blade Width: 0.88"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.10"
  • Blade Material: CPM CRU-WEAR
  • Hardness: 63-65 HRC
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Tan
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.71"
  • Handle Width: 1.125"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.51"
  • Handle Material: Polymer
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 2.80 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Double-Action OTF Automatic
  • Opener: Thumb Slide
  • Brand: Benchmade
  • Model: Shootout
  • Model Number: 5370FE
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry, Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Amazing entry level otf
TJ A. on Jun 24, 2023

Very safe knife won’t go until you let it, easy sharpening and stays sharp for awhile I use it to cut down boxes mostly (because why not) and after the day of work it still can still pass the paper test. I love Benchmade and I love them even more after about 4 months of this knife. I’ve never had a half open happen or a misfire. In conclusion TRUST THIS KNIFE!!

My go-to OTF
John M. on Mar 10, 2023

I have several OTF knives, but this is my favorite. The lightness and sturdiness are unreal. Grip is comfortable, and the pocket clip is a deep carry as standard. The blade coating has an unusual friction to it, which lends itself to smudging...but I haven't had anything stain it yet. the friction of it is kinda nice for holding onto the blade to do detail work with the tanto tip. I typically don't like tantos, but the angles of this one are just perfect. The glass breaker can be used as a center-punch when retracting the blade, since the handle is so light. The Shootout is a good value at $300.

very nice knife
JUSTIN P. on Mar 6, 2023

After reading the reviews on this knife I can tell you this knife will certainly grow on you. At first it is hard to get over how lightweight and cheap it feels. It quickly turns into your EDC because it is so lightweight and comfortable. It is very capable of all edc tasks and I stopped carrying my double edge ultratech because it was way more self defense knife and not usefull for daily tasks like this one is. Buy one, You wont regret it!

Excellent, Lightweight, Sturdy, and EDC worthy.
Travis J. on Jan 18, 2023

I read the reviews and was a bit concerned, but I went for it anyway and am glad I did. The handle is lightweight, perfectly fit, and rigid with no play. The blade has minimal play, on par with Microtech. The blade is razor sharp and the finish has held up well. Yes, it does smudge, but a quick wipe with a wet towel will restore it. The pocket clip seems quite strong, I have snagged it once on my seat belt and it did not bend. It carries comfortably due to its slim profile and lightweight design. Overall, this is one of my favorite OTFs out of the several that I own (including Microtechs). It is a quality blade that deserves to be carried and used with regularity.

Hesitant at first
Ryan O. on Jan 6, 2023

Like most, when I first held it in my hand I wasn’t impressed. Sure it had enough grip and fit nicely in the hand but it just felt so, well, cheap. After carrying for a few days I’ve quickly found the bug to be the feature. It is so light, it disappears when on your person. Even with loose fitting, light basketball shorts; stayed put and could only feel it once I remembered it was there. Activation is smooth and precise, button is perfect. Not sure if I’d take this one to work everyday, but for an at home and out on the town knife it’s great.

A lot better than expected!
Wyatt A. on Jan 1, 2023

I have watched probably every video and read every review before I bought this knife and the biggest gripes are these…1. It feels “cheap” 2. It has blade play. 3. The glass breaker. So this is my first OTF knife ever and when I picked it up my first thought was, wow it’s not as cheap feeling as i anticipated. It feels light yes, however I personally don’t feel like it’s so light it feels cheap. There is a lot less blade play than I thought. Lockup has been awesome and it’s been 100% reliable for me (I’ve had to have deployed it 1000 times by now while fidgeting). The glass breaker is my biggest “complaint” I don’t find it that annoying or to be a problem for me in any way but I think a pommel (like the 537 Bailout) or just nothing would be better than the glass breaker. All in all I love this knife, it’s lightweight, reliable(so far), it came pretty sharp, and it’s super attractive. This is my first OTF so keep that in mind when considering my review but I love this knife and won’t ever go without one!

Best EDC OTF I own
Johnathan O. on Oct 21, 2022

The headline of the comment says it all. Hands down the best EDC I own (I have 50+ high end blades). The benchmade shootout OTF performs better than any of my manticore, heretic, microtech, or Axial. Extremely light, extremely sharp factory edge, holds its edge insanely well. Fires every time.

Well made and good price point.
HARRY D. on Jun 23, 2022

I own several OTF knives, including the infidel, which is a great tactical blade but not a working blade at all. I have 2 Pro -Tech OTF. and while sturdy, not an everyday working knife in mho. And, several other OTFs, including, ATC and. Boken. This knife, while lighter in weight, is fast, and locks up well. Has very little play at all when deployed, it’s super sharp, and strops to a razor edge, after use. I have many everyday carry favorites, and this has now become my favorite. I carry it in a horizontal cross draw. It’s light and fast.

great backup blade.
11 o. on Jun 15, 2022

Not the first blade I pack but the first one I reach for. it's got a robustly delicate blade design that is both tactical and practical. [have had no problems other than having to bang it up after too much locktite was liberally applied to the holes while messing with different clips, only to return to stock...] overall I enjoy this knife, use it daily and the blade shows it, with stains but overall it stays plenty sharp plenty long. Id love to see what people do with customizing it! overall id buy it over most otf's for daily use(much more practical than the "stiletto otf like the tactical 'only' infidel. This is like the station knife of pocket knives. (some may take points off for there is NO lanyard hole... also if you believe in weight over tech, this may not be your choice, the presidio is plenty heavy if that's what you consider a sign of reliability.)

Great OTF
Travis J. on May 1, 2022

This is my first OTF I've bought for myself and let me say I love this knife. Super snappy action! I've fired this knife... a lot and it has never failed to deploy. Good lock up. The blade is still pretty sharp after a week of use and it's still holding a good edge. Super light ide forget it was in my pocket if I didn't fidget with it so much. So if you are on the fence about buying this OTF let me make it easy for you, buy it! you will not regret it.

Factory edge
Harley J. on Mar 25, 2023

Everything about this knife is as expected from benchmark. Only downside is that the edge that came on mine from factory was underwhelming. Wasn't very sharp out of the box and the edge bevel itself was pretty marred up. Other than that" which can be easily fixed", the knife is everything I expected and blade hq got it to me extremely fast.

It's pretty decent
Jakob h. on May 24, 2022

For a $280 something with taxes, it's pretty good, feels pretty solid, really light, and crazy fast. Don't know if it's because it's just brand new, but the pocket clip left a stain/residue on my pants when I carried it, also it was incredibly stiff, I had to lift up the clip to put it on my pants. There's not a lot to compete with it but that being said, don't think it's really worth 280, maybe like 200 even tho after taxes, blade had a lot of wiggle, and the handle feels just like plastic, I know it's carbon reinforced, but it feels like just plastic.

It's just feels cheap.
Michael W. on Sep 30, 2022

Yeah, there is no way this knife should cost a lot. It weighs next to nothing and just feels like a cheap toy. I know it's supposed to be lightweight and tough, but I feel like a complete idiot for spending the money on this knife. I can not express just how cheap and low quality this thing feels in the hand. I own several Benchmade knives, including the Cabash and the Claymore which are both lightweight composite handle knives, so I am very familiar with the material. I like the Claymore and the Casbah just fine, but this Shootout just feels awful in the hand.

Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Read the Specs Carefully.
Jim B. on May 8, 2022

I wish I would have… Polymer handle material, ie. plastic. Upon first opening I was worried a comb might fire out. Honestly feels like a toy, not a tool. Other models with CF-Elite handles have steel liners. Don’t think this one does. Was going to swap out my EDC, but have reservations. My current blade is a 25 yr old Benchmade Pardue 3550SBK that still locks open like a fixed blade. This one is not as solid. Pros: It’s a Benchmade. It’s sharp and light. It’s ok, but: Cons: Feels fragile. For the price, feels cheap. Blade is tanto “styled”(specs again), not a true, hardy tanto. When open, the blade has more play than I like. Only one blade type offered. I give my EDC a light to medium workout daily and I’m afraid this knife won’t hold up. Plus, I know I’ll miss a partially serrated edge, but I knew that prior to purchase. This is just another auto to add to my non-working collection. This knife would have been perfect if it had an aluminum handle, locked open like the Infidel and had a true tanto SBK blade offering. Considering returning it for a worker, like the 9400…

Worse Benchmade and Auto I own
David B. on Mar 22, 2023

Lots buzz around this but big letdown. I grabbed one from the first production run. The blade just feels loose, specially in the vertical orientation. Also disappointed in whatever they coated the blade with. Benchmades very own oil left stain marks on the coating. If not a first run, i would have returned it.

Major disappointment
Abraham M. on Sep 13, 2023

I absolutely wanted to love this knife. Unfortunately, in just under two months it stopped firing. I just don't find it acceptable for a knife this price to be having what may seem like a design flaw, especially since it seems to have happened to more people than just me. I just hope it's covered under warranty or I'm out almost $300.

Blade HQ response:
Hello! Please contact us at info@bladehq for a return if still within the 90-days return window. If it was shipped earlier we can assist with the warranty claim.
This knife is trash
Blake S. on Aug 21, 2023

It mouth functions all the time half the time the blade won’t ever “shoot out”, blade finish is even coming off to.

Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
B. W. on Aug 16, 2023

The government buys us a new knife of our choice every couple of years. I've had different new benchmades over the years. This one is garbage. I wouldn't pay $50 for it. Extremely cheap and low quality. I can stop the blade coming out with one finger. Very loose fitting and gritty. For people who like it find a Buck or older benchmade and see what a quality knife can be. This is my last benchmade. I gave it back and ordered a Buck auto for half the price.

Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. We do appreciate your honest feedback concerning this blade. I am happy to hear we were able to take care of you in setting up that return. Thanks -BHQ
Steve R. on Oct 28, 2022

At first, I LOVED this OTF. After a very short time, the spring disconnected from the actuator 'trigger' on the spine of the knife. Though I really enjoy the light weight of this knife, It is completely unacceptable that a $300 knife fails in less than a couple of months. Don't waste your money. Benchmade is overpriced and under-delivered. Go elsewhere.

Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
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