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.
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.