The Bugout is named inaccurately. Bugging out to me, means it’s a SHTF scenario. Where you are going to deal with everything from Aliens to Zombies to Survival. That kind of knife is probably better off being a Fixed Blade, and maybe a large one at that. That’s really not what this knife is all about. What this knife really is, is a more butch Gentleman’s knife.
The Bugout sports a thin flat grind blade that’s very sharp and awesome for slicing. The handle profile is also very thin. The clip allows for a very deep carry. And the overall weight is under 2 ounces, making it just crazy light. Saying that “It’s like it’s not even there” is an understatement. And like a Gentleman’s knife, the Bugout is on the smallish side.
The liners are very short, to reduce weight. And the knife is mostly open. But the Axis lock is smooth, and just what you would expect of a Benchmade. I do like the design and the execution. And I do feel that you are getting what you pay for with the Bugout… if you went into it with proper expectations. Because the knife was designed from the start to be crazy light, it gives up some things that a true SHTF Bug Out Knife should have. The blade isn’t heavy enough to flick out with a snap of the wrist. But it does open smoothly with the thumb stud, and you can flick it out with the studs with a little practice. You are getting a coated titanium Axis lock, which means it’s very light, and it’s going to last for a very long time. As will the reinforced nylon scales… Though they can flex if you squeeze it, it’s not going to hurt them. And you can get kits to swap those with G-10 or Micarta, if you want to add some thickness and weight. Which defeats the purpose of the Bugout’s super light nature. It’s fine as it is. Right now, you can get the plan satin blade with blue handles, or a tan handle with a black coated blade. But I tend to not light coated blades… so… Blue. Which looks nice enough.
I find it odd that this was marketed at guys that are doing backpacking and are counting every ounce. No. That’s really not this knife. This is better suited to the guy that wears a suit every day and suit pants pockets don’t hang heavy folders very well. But I guess the name “Professional” or “Middle Management” or “Sales Team” just doesn’t inspire, and probably doesn’t show the handle materials that those names might conjure… Like Rich Mahogany or Corinthian Leather. But the S30V Blade Steel sure does. That’s a solid choice, without getting silly in expense. As is the Bugout knife as a whole. A solid choice for the guy that wants a really good every day carry knife that is light and deep, yet capable of good cutting when needed.
The Bugout is worthy of the Butterfly… Benchmade really does make some great knives, and this is one of them.
UPDATE:Some time later after packing the Bugout for some time… It’s become my favorite EDC Folding Knife. The fact it does very well at not being there when not needed, and being handy and sharp as hell when needed… It’s damn near the Perfect EDC knife. I love this thing.
I’ve done something I honestly never thought I’d do. I picked up a Gerber. I’ve been kind of interested in Cleaver Blade folders, and this one just stood out to me. Now, I’m just not a fan of Gerber… Their designs, their Chinese production… and this one is Chinese made too. Damn it. I seriously find that irritating and I strongly dislike Gerber for that reason. I make no excuses for getting this knife… I have Sinned. Forgive me. But this knife is pretty cool…
I don’t even remember when, where, why, or how I got this knife. I only remember that it was really really cheap. Like McDollar Menu Cheap. I think I remember getting a few of them and giving most of them away… But I held on to this one. Cold Steel made a production version of what is a popular cheap folding knife from South Africa.
On one hand, I think maybe this is something that should have stayed in South Africa. Continue reading Worst Knife Ever? Cold Steel Kudu→
There’s really nothing that I can say about this knife that has any degree of criticism… Save for maybe Cost. These are not cheap knives. However, you really and truly do get what you pay for. This knife is my personal favorite. My #1. I love everything about this piece. The size, the blade shape, the handle and scales, the materials, the lock… This knife checks all the marks for what I personally look for in a knife. Wood Scales, Bowie type blade, good length… it just doesn’t get any better for me. When I first saw this knife, I knew I HAD to have it. But I waited… Because my friends at DNA Guns were becoming Benchmade Dealers, so I wanted to get it through them. I was patient, and good things do come to those who wait. So as soon as I could, I ordered my Benchmade. Continue reading Benchmade Crooked River→
I’m a huge fan of Emerson knives. Unfortunately, my budgetary priorities says I have more important things to spend my money on. When Kershaw started doing collaborations with Emerson – it made me happy. I’ve owned several and have been impressed.
Now, I’m an unabashed fan of the Bowie knife. So when I saw the CQC-10 for the first time – I HAD to have it. I had no choice.
Just look at how beautiful this knife is. Just look at it. Continue reading Kershaw Emerson CQC-10→
I’ve heard a lot of guys talking about how solid and good the Ontario RAT 1 and RAT 2 knives are. They get the general nod of approval for bringing a good working liner locking folder to the table at a good value. Off the Cuff, I want to agree. Continue reading Ontario RAT 1: Updated→
This is my second favorite folder of all time. (I’ve not given my #1 yet) And for me, this is kind of an odd duck in my collection. It’s an Auto. It’s one of the Kershaw Emerson Collaborations, as well as being part of Kershaw’s Launch Series. This is #5 out of a total of 7 knives in the series. And I have no desire to collect all of them… maybe one or two more though… they are quite good. Continue reading Kershaw Emerson Launch 5→
Any time I’ve been looking at any knife on Amazon.com, Eafengrow knives are always popping up as recommended items. So tried to look into them and couldn’t find anything via a Google Search. Other than links back to Amazon. Continue reading Eafengrow EF227 Folding Knife→