Benchmade releases 535 Bugout ultralight folder

I haven’t been wow’ed by the latest Benchmade releases over the last couple of years. There have been several nice knives, including the Crooked River, but nothing that would challenge my Mini-Griptilian as my Benchmade EDC of choice.

That might change with their new 535 “Bugout” ultralight folder. Coming in under 2 oz. in weight, this S30v blade would make a wonderfully unobtrusive addition to one’s pocket. Especially with the included “mini” deep-carry clip.

According to Benchmade: “The Bugout™ was designed for the modern outdoor adventurer, incorporating the lightest, best performing materials in an extremely slim yet ergonomic package”. I still prefer burning a few more ounces on a fixed blade when I head to the woods, but I would definitely consider EDC carrying this one.

You can view their promotional eBlast here.

Specs (via Benchmade):

  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Mechanism: AXIS®
  • Action: Manual-opening
  • Blade Steel: CPMS30V (58-60 HRC)
  • Blade Length: 3.24″ (8.23cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.090″ (2.29mm)
  • Open Length: 7.46″ (18.95cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.22″ (10.72cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.42″ (10.54mm)
  • Weight: 1.85oz. (52.45g)

There is at least one member of a private Facebook group I follow that pre-ordered one and uploaded a video clip. He reports that it feels very solid for the weight.

A little longer of a video, but they make the case for the Bugout as a backpacking knife.




  1. Sergio Valladares says:

    I agree with you: this is the first Benchmade that has caught my eye in a very long time. Seems like the perfect EDC for all type of uses. Kudos, Benchmade.

  2. Brad Griffin says:

    Benchmade prices scare me…

  3. Sam L. says:

    It’s a beauty, but not in my price range.

  4. Peter Kennedy says:

    Your blog is subversive. I just ordered one of these puppies. Keep up with your exemplary work, enen if it cost me money.

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