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Introducing The 535 Bugout

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by Benchmade, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. Keyman

    Keyman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 26, 2001
  2. DRLyman

    DRLyman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    I love the look and the specs of this knife. Preordered at Blade HQ. Thank you, Benchmade.
  3. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    Jan 25, 2013
    Cartridge liners like the 531.
  4. jkarp_53


    May 25, 2006
    Nothing amiss with this knife, very little to change...well, the little bitty clip is cute, but is there enough to grip the pocket? I love the blade, looks like a nice slicer!
  5. bigolegator

    bigolegator Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    Looks like these are available now at KW for purchase.
  6. T.L.E. Sharp

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

    Jun 30, 2016
    Will the shorty clip be available upon request for other models? I'd like one for my 940 and mini grip.

    Oops, nevermind. Saw the answer above. Thanks Jimmy. I'm excited about this one.
  7. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications.

    Mar 27, 2014
    But the ad says "Best performing materials"...

    Maybe that is why they are sticking with that alloy, they don't have access to anything else.

    Wait, what's that you say? They use M4, and 20cv/M390 in some of their other models?

    Oh... Well then I don't know...:rolleyes:
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    Jul 7, 2017
    We have had ours since yesterday, scales coming soon
    DRLyman, pcguy23, bigolegator and 2 others like this.
  9. billym


    Jan 8, 2006
    Gonna make some handles???????
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  10. Keyman

    Keyman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 26, 2001
  11. ronie1988


    May 25, 2014
    Looks like I found a knife for my Maa
  12. aquaman67


    Jan 27, 2012
    I thought that clip was just the weird picture angle or something.

    I just bought a 585-2 yesterday. I wish I'd seen this first. I really like it a lot. And who am I kidding. I'll get one.
  13. gunmike1


    Dec 9, 2005
    Well, if you want to stab and pry then you better get a heavier, thicker knife for sure. I'm mainly seeing the Bugout as a knife to carry when I'm in workout clothes that get weighed down with a heavier knife in my pocket. You should pass on the Para 2 and Military while you are at it because those will be quick to snap a tip when prying as well. The do stab in pretty nicely though with their thin point. I personally don't find myself stabbing or prying too often in EDC. I'm realistic about what I actually use EDC's for and I really prefer slicer. The whole folding prybar thing just flat out sucks when you only need to cut up some cardboard or do some minor food prep. But yeah if you do some rough use, prying, stabbing, maybe scraping, get an Adamas. It can't slice for crap due to its thickness but it certainly has a blade and lock that can put up with abuse.
  14. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Looks like a great edc - nice blade shape.


  15. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
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  16. Snoow


    Jul 17, 2017
    Not blasting the knife... It's just not my thing. I like beefier knives.
  17. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    I love that this knife is 3.25" in blade length. That is my sweet spot. Hoping a store near me gets this in stock so I can check it out in hand.
  18. bigolegator

    bigolegator Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    I'm liking the pics of it but will wait for more people to get their hands on it and see how it performs in the wild.
  19. VolGrad

    VolGrad Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Found one in stock already. Placed my order. Can't wait to check it out next week.
  20. gunmike1


    Dec 9, 2005
    I got mine in. Perfect centering and lock up, though I had slightly loosen the pivot a tad to get it to move a little more freely when the lock is released. I didn't loosen it enough to be a free swinger, just enough so it doesn't take undue force to get it to move with less effort.

    The edge is .020" thick at the top of the bevel, and it's about 13-14 degrees per side. Not bad, but I will probably end up thinning it out more. Either way it should slice great for a factory knife with that geometry and thin blade stock. It is sharp enough to pop some hairs on my arm, and the grind lines look very even. No recurves or other funky stuff like I've seen posted about lately.

    The handle is just large enough for me to fit my whole hand on there by keeping my fingers close together. The ergos aren't great, but they certainly aren't bad at all, especially for a knife that prioritizes slimness and lightness. The handles will now in a bit if you squeeze them, and maybe another stand off in the middle of the knife would help that, but then again it would cost weight. The clip is great for low riding the knife in your pockets, with good retention. The knife works perfectly clipped to my gym shorts and gym pants, as I hoped.

    I'll have to do some cutting with it to get a real feel for it. It should be a very good light duty folder. It will probably be able to handle many tasks, but the handle flex might reduce your confidence for some types of cutting. I'll have to grab some pine and see how it does making some feather sticks. I would rarely use this knife for that, its more of a gym or dress carry knife for me, but it would be good to know it could handle that work without worrying about the handle flex causing any issues with lock stability. I highly doubt there will be any issues with that, though. The inside of the scales may be a little sharp and create hot spots on heavier cuts. I'll have to see later when I actually get to use the knife.
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