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Mini Bugout

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by Brules1, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. colin.p

    colin.p

    Feb 4, 2017
    I really have no idea as to what you guys do with your knives. Most of my knives have s30v steel and I use them at work to cut open beef boxes and cut plastic straps all day long, among other things. I've never experienced any micro chipping in either my Benchmade's, Spyderco's or Kershaw's - none.

    The only time I damaged an s30v blade, was when I jabbed the point of my 943 into a metal meat cooler wall. I broke the very tip off but I would be the only person to even notice it. A couple sharpenings and it looks like nothing ever happened other than being a millimeter shorter.
     
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  2. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    306
    Jun 23, 2019
    I deliberately bought a Cold Steel "Tuff-Lite" with a bright red handle. I would not classify my choice as an "emergency defensive tool" however, if I have to slice something quickly (like a jammed seat belt in a car wreck) I want to be able to find a knife!

    I usually carry a larger folder and a smaller one. All I have to do is look down at my pockets in a quick glance and I can see where the little red folder is clipped.

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  3. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Got this a couple days ago. I was very turned off at first, but realized it was because I'd been carrying much larger knives. I then remembered my love of the Mini Griptilian and put the little storm trooper in my pocket. It's a great little knife. I can get a four finger grip on it and it opens and closes great. I imagine that with a set of aftermarket G10 or titanium scales this knife will be the shizzle. :)

    I actually bought the white handled model with plans to RIT dye them. I've not chosen a color yet. I'll get back to you on that. ;)

    I took some pics outdoors today with one of my most used knives.

    Enjoy...

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  4. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Getting ready to RIT dye the scales.

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  5. Cowboyfromhell666

    Cowboyfromhell666

    230
    May 13, 2019
    I picked mine up from knivesshipfree.com and yes the blade does not have the first production run on it....
     
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  6. Sharp Guy

    Sharp Guy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2016
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  7. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Cool, thank you sir.
     
  8. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Finished product...

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  9. Babyboomer

    Babyboomer

    258
    Nov 25, 2017
    Nice job! That looks pretty classy!
     
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  10. Texaspoff

    Texaspoff Basic Member Basic Member

    99
    Jul 29, 2018

    Im not hard on my knives at all, but they do get used. I cutup cardboard, tape, things of that nature. Sometime strip the tips off of a few small gage copper wires. The chipping I experience on my Bugouts and their S30v is micro chipping. Most likely you may not see it, but if you run the blade down your fingernail, you will feel the blade catch in several places. This is after cutting on a few pieces of cardboard, and I'm not talking about thick stuff. Amazon boxes mostly.

    I have tested my Spydercos CTS BD1N and my Tenacious 8Cr13MOV and neither get any chipping after making the same amount of cuts, on the same materials. I'm talking 5 to 7 cuts, which is nothing and no blade steel should suffer any issues from that. It's not just on one Bugout either, I have three and all three experience the came chipping.

    I love the Bugout, but hate the Steel. I'm not a steel snob, but I do expect a bit more out of a 100+ dollar knife's steel.




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  11. BC42

    BC42

    134
    Apr 13, 2019
    Interesting. I found the S30V to be one of my favorite steels for edc. I've been carrying a bugout for a few months and never experienced any chipping of the edge, micro or otherwise. I also have 3 bugouts but only 2 are in rotation (mainly the blue one). I just got the new Bailout so that'll be my edc for the next couple of weeks at least.

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  12. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I'm not a huge fan of red handles, but job well done sir.
     
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  13. Texaspoff

    Texaspoff Basic Member Basic Member

    99
    Jul 29, 2018
    I have been considering the 3V bailout version. I like 3V the tanto style would work fine for the task I use it for.


    TXPO
     
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  14. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Thanks for the compliments folks.

    Just ordered a set of OD Green scales for it from Rogue Bladeworks. I've had scales from them in the past and they were great, so looking forward to 'em.
     
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  15. JGB502

    JGB502 Gold Member Gold Member

    78
    Nov 25, 2017
    Thanks for the post, what are you thoughts on the Mini as an EDC? How is it working out?

    I have the full size Bugout...
     
  16. bill64

    bill64

    27
    Dec 7, 2009
    My two normal Bugouts chip also.The one sharpened at 15 per side is a nightmare!
     
  17. Texaspoff

    Texaspoff Basic Member Basic Member

    99
    Jul 29, 2018
    After carrying my LW Para3 for a while I decided to pack my bugout last weekend. I realized how much I really liked the bugout despite the chipping. I called Benchmade and explained what was going on and they had me send it in for blade replacement, so off it went.

    During it's hiatus, I located a Ranger Green one to comfort me in the meantime. On a side note, I have used this one for a few tasks, and it had remained sharp, clean and chip free, which I find interesting.

    I'm still not a huge fan of S30V and it's chipping, but the positives of the Bugout outweigh my aversion to the steel. IMO it is simply one of the best EDC blades out there. There isn't much out there that can beat its size, weight to blade ratio. As and LE I have enough crap to carry, and anything that takes up less space, and room, but still gives me a viable tool to use is a win.



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  18. scottc3

    scottc3 Gold Member Gold Member

    510
    Oct 11, 2014
    Texaspoff el al, I have both base bugouts, one in CF and the other ranger green, and have no chipping issues. I love the thin blade, and wish BM would offer the 940 in 0.10. Everyone in my family loves s30v, some from other makers. So lots of different geometries and use patterns represented. Blade swap, longevity of s30v in BM's tools, and Texaspoff's new blade experience suggests batch heat treat or edge burning issues... I consider s30v to be a baseline now, ruining me for buying many wonderful knives in lesser steels with the execption being those knives going to the grandkids.
    Their dye-ready mini bugout is in my future, as an incredible pocket knife, lock and steel for 1.5x oz! Saving my pennies.
     
  19. JWT

    JWT

    7
    Sep 13, 2017
    Has anyone tried to Rit Dye the orange scales to anything else? I prefer the sating blade, but not as interested in the orange.
     
  20. Gurdygurds

    Gurdygurds Gold Member Gold Member

    402
    Aug 10, 2013
    Anyone have a picture, or able to take one, of a mini Bugout with a standard Benchmade parkerized clip mounted?
     

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