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BM 535 Bugout is Awesome - but I think the name is wrong. What should it have been named?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by steelhog, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Filthyj24


    Jan 5, 2016
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  2. wickettedge

    wickettedge Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    The MinBen
  3. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Bugin. My bugout blade would never be a folder.
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  4. Psy223


    Dec 17, 2018
    Forget me not.
  5. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Benchmade Dainty
  6. wickettedge

    wickettedge Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Benchmade Bugger
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  7. billym


    Jan 8, 2006
  8. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
  9. SharpieB

    SharpieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2017
    Totally agree.:thumbsup:

    $119 for the blue version in S30V is well priced IMO. Adding plain CF or G10 and a M390 blade would be killer. NOT $500 killer, but I would drop $250-ish for sure for that knife.

    As long as they kept the slim profile, I wouldn’t care about another oz or so for heavier scales. :thumbsup:
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  10. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
  11. Kreyzhorse

    Kreyzhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    It's weird name until you realize what it stands for.

    I have it reliable sources that Bugout actually stands for " Big Ugly Get Out Utility Tool." I think Benchmade got it absolutely right.
  12. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    Mr. Slicy-wicy
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  13. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp That's right, it's genuine Velveeta... Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Two. Two more bullets. Lol. The damn things are heavy.

    The name's definitely silly. It's way the hell down on the list of options for my bugout bag, if I were the sort to have a bugout bag. I do keep a sort of bugout kit(really more of a basic tool kit) in each vehicle though and that includes a Leatherman Sidekick and a Mora Companion HD. I can't imagine many tasks that those two won't be able to handle. I just noticed the common theme in the names of those two as well. Perhaps they have better marketing departments?

    Come to think of it, none of the things in my bugout kits are particularly lightweight when compared to other like products. They're just good, reliable and reasonably priced. Why put several hundred extra dollars into a bag that you hope you never have to use? Bags in my case as I'm too lazy to move them around with me between vehicles and the house.
  14. John_0917


    Apr 15, 2014
    “Second try at selling you the 530 but in pretty colors “
  15. dgaddis


    Dec 26, 2018
    It's a light duty EDC pocketknife. Therefore it should have been called EDC-LD. They could then made beefier versions called the EDC-MD and EDC-HD.

    I really like mine. But I will change out the scales eventually, I'm not really worried about the plastic holding up, but if feels really cheap.

    FWIW, the blade on mine is perfectly centered and it'll fall shut when you pull back the lock and don't let it drag on the blade.


  16. Pilot1

    Pilot1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I don't think the name "Pilot" would limit it to the aviation community. Honda sells one. However, there are a lot of names that could describe a light, minimalist knife. Bugout is OK, but describes more a hard use, survival to knife to me. Hey, not trying to tell Benchmade what to do, they know their stuff.
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  17. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    TBH, the “Bugout” name should have gone to a slightly larger model with linerless but robust G10 handles and something like LC200N or N690Co blade steel. If I shared that paranoid survival-fantasy mindset, I’d want a well-sized but still managable knife that has high corrosion resistance, even if it put the weight at something closer to 4oz.
  18. wickettedge

    wickettedge Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018

    I added titanium scales to mine and I think it turned out pretty good. Scales are from Rockscale.
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