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I didn't expect this: Bugie is Delica killer?

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by MyLegsAreOk, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. MyLegsAreOk

    MyLegsAreOk Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    I only buy BM and spyderco but skipped BM in 2017 aside from the 82 because of the typical sea of s30v, and no recurves, as well as osborne's last hurrah treated poorly. I get a bugout because a)it's cheap 2) it's a small light weight knife I have very few of and this little guy basically shuts down the delica as they are each company's' defacto entry knife.

    It's crazy crazy light, has a very malleable handle with lots of memory, a blade shape that is made to slice, a good lock, and is very inexpensive.

    Does anyone else have one of these and was shocked what a competitive knife it was or think it is the best entry level knife on the market (aside from maybe a buck 110)?
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  2. afultz075

    afultz075 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2006
    I've long considered the Griptilian to fill the most similar role from BM's catalog to the Endura/Delica, but I think the Bugout could catch up to and easily surpass the Grips as the flagship entry knife from BM. So in a way, I agree with you.
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  3. Brules1


    Jul 22, 2007
    I've been a big fan of the mini Grip...but the Bugout is pretty sweet. My three "wishes" for the Bugout are 1) different color grips 2) a sub 3" blade. and maybe an all black Bugout.
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  4. 99cuts


    Apr 18, 2013
    I agree altho I don't a bugout yet. I guess I'm not looking at the entry level but who knows, one day that slicey blade geometry might be too hard to resist.
  5. Misthailin


    Mar 15, 2017
    For that price I’d rather grab a pm2. Having said that, I will most likely end up with a bugout down the road.
  6. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I like my Bugout more than my mini Grip......
  7. SharpieB

    SharpieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2017
    I have a Bugout in my pocket now and I flip flop between it and my full size Grip and still think I prefer the Grip but not by much. I prefer both to the Delica for sure.

    My little brain is still having a hard time with the size and weight of the Bugout as a $100 knife. Almost feels too thin and too light. Like a toy.

    I know I’m weird and this knife cuts great, is well made, rock solid and feels good in the hand, but maybe I just need to get used to it. Most of my EDCs are 3-4 ounces.

    It definitely won’t be leaving my collection, but it hasn’t blew me away as it has many others. My basic 154CM Grip is another story. It is perfect IMO and a better value than the Bugout IMO.

    Personal preference comes into play huge here though....
  8. Evany

    Evany Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2007
    The Bugout has become one of my favorite knives. I have not carried a mini grip since getting it. More blade, less bulk and weight, and enough handle to get a comfortable 4 finger grip. I love the clip, too.
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  9. MyLegsAreOk

    MyLegsAreOk Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    Doesn't the PM2 cost more? Both my PM2s were above 160 and the bugout is 125 and below online. PM2s definitely have better fit and form factor, but they are in a tier just slightly higher. PM2s also are better than the full size Griptilian for several reasons.

    Yeah I know what you mean. It's a trick of the mind possibly as the plastic is some weight light weight durable polymer and the blade is good steel but small and thin. I never had a mini-grip just 940s and I can say I'd rather tote the bugout than even my 940-1.
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  10. Misthailin


    Mar 15, 2017
    Just took a quick glance I see pm2’s for less than $135. Certainly common and even less in the Exchange as well. I’m sure I will get a bugout and add some of those carbon fiber scales I’ve been seeing for it
  11. jkarp_53


    May 25, 2006
    The Bugout is a strange one. Photos and specs don't do it justice. Went to my local REI last night to see if they had any. They did. I spent a half hour with the sample and it's hard to explain. I own an REI limited 531-1501 with nearly the same dimensions, blade steel and all, but there's just something about the thing. It's too light to be as stout as it is. Overall it's amazing. I didn't get it, in favor of buying a red handled 319-1 Proper for and little less than $60.00 before my discount. But the Proper's not a Bugout...I went for a "you have to be kidding" bargain. But until I can get my hands on a Bugout, it will bug me the more I think about the thing. o_O

    Oh yeah. Please don't say the word 'Carbon Fiber' around this topic. I can see it being a quick upgrade for both. Over the years, that word (CF...) has driven my Missus nuts. But I love the stuff.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2018
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  12. MyLegsAreOk

    MyLegsAreOk Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    Hmm while we're at it I should say that after taking it apart it had very little oil. So after I wore it in for a while I wiped down the parts and added the stclaire. The action is ridiculous. It's like a lighter detent yoji2 (or maybe something with better action but I don't have any reeve or shirogorov tier stuff).
  13. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I can guarantee you'll love the Bugout.

    I'm already ready for some different color scale and thumbstud options from BM, I'm cool with the steel.
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  14. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Benchmade knocked it out of the park with the Bugout for sure. After I got mine, I sold both my Southern Grind Spider Monkey and my Benchmade 940-2—both significantly higher cost might I add—because the Bugout kicked them out of my pocket for good. Walked into a very nice knife store a couple weeks ago that had some of everything—most models of Benchmade, Spyderco, Kershaw, even Chris Reeve Sebenzas—and I left the store knowing full well I had the perfect knife for me already in my pocket.
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  15. Elite_KG

    Elite_KG Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 7, 2012

    I have 3 Mini-Grips with custom scales, two M390 Sequels, and a Foray that serve as EDC rotation. I bought a Bugout to replace my 531. It has since been upgraded and now sees more pocket time than any other knife. The size, weight, ergos are really nice. Its a lot of knife in a super slim package. Action is smooth, lock up is what you expect from the Axis lock. Its sits at number 1 of my production EDC’s.
  16. Idaho RC

    Idaho RC Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    That looks great! I really like that. I would love to have a set of those scales.
  17. ucfgrad93


    Dec 13, 2017
    That is a great looking knife!
  18. mn700vforce


    Apr 15, 2016
    I hope Benchmade makes one with orange scales.
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  19. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Please BM! I'd buy one instantly.
  20. jstrange


    Mar 31, 2012
    These look nice. Would be a cool model for the custom program.
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