question for the benchmade fans: bugout, bailout or mini-barrage ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 2malice, Jan 4, 2020.


Which benchmade should I go for

  1. Grey Bugout

    31 vote(s)
  2. Black Bailout

    3 vote(s)
  3. Grey Barrage

    10 vote(s)
  1. 2malice


    Dec 23, 2013
    Hi guys,

    wondering about my next purchase,
    and I've got a bit of a connondrum for the benchmade owners out there:

    If got three options,
    All at exactly the same price (give or take a euro or two)

    A grey G10-S30V Barrage,
    A Grey S30V Bugout,
    And a Black Bailout.

    Which one do you guys think I should go for ?
    And also your reasoning of course :)

    My only other benchmades are 2 hooks and a 20CV mini-grip.
  2. Dean51

    Dean51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    A bugout with KSF carbon fiber scales. :D
  3. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    I don't have a Bailout so can't help there. I have a first gen Bugout and the standard 580 Barrage. The Barrage is a nice stout knife, as I'm sure the mini would be also, but I don't carry it much because of AO and the size of the 580.
    The mini Barrage would take care of the size problem.

    That being said, the Bugout is probably BM's best seller and is immensely popular so that would be my recommendation. There are some who complain about the Grivory scales of the 535 and their flexibility but as a lightweight EDC knife, the Bugout outperforms in its class AFAIC but you can spring for 3rd party scales if that's your thing.
  4. SteelPanther


    Nov 9, 2019
    I don't care for the bugout much its just too thin and feels flimsy to me...don't have a bailout so I'm no help there but I do have the mini barrage in s30v with the grey g10 and its a good smallish knife I carried it a good bit
  5. Knives&Lint


    May 10, 2013
    Personally, although I do own a Barrage I typically try to avoid assisted opening AXIS locks. It doesn't open much faster than you can flick it open anyway, but you cannot flick it closed one-handed. IMO it takes away from what makes the AXIS lock great.

    Never owned a Bailout, but I dig my Bugout just fine. Keep in mind that on these models many of us prefer aftermarket scales.
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  6. Cogam87

    Cogam87 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2019
    Had a bailout and still have a bugout.

    Bailouts blade just didn't do it for me, had great action though
  7. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    The Bugout scales flex a little.
    Doesn’t hurt anything but it drives some people nuts. If it would bother you, get the Barrage.

    If weight is an issue, get the Bugout.

    The Bailout is last. I like it but feel the Bugout is a better knife.

    Of course we need to ask, which one fits your hand the best?
  8. Whitedog


    Dec 30, 2005
    Mini Barrage here. Fills the hand well. It can be de assisted which makes it much better IMO.
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  9. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Bugout for me, dont like assisted knives and the Bailout has a weird butt that I have no use for
  10. Babyboomer


    Nov 25, 2017
    I just think everyone should have a Bugout. Relatively inexpensive, light to carry, "just-right" size, slicier than most other Benchmades. I like the Bugout a lot, but I don't have any of the others you've mentioned so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt I guess.
  11. chiral.grolim

    chiral.grolim Universal Kydex Sheath Extension Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 2008
    Had a mini barrage, handle was too short and fat and the spring assist, while snappy like a true auto, takes away the flick-close option which I prefer.

    I've not handled the others and avoid Benchmade now based on their politics
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2020
  12. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    I have all three. And the full size Barrage. I like the bailout alot. But I put aftermarket scales on both the bailout and the bugout and deleted the pummel on the bailout and the lanyard hole on the bugout. So neither are factory versions anymore. If you want off the shelf I like the bugout. If you want aftermarket I like the bailout. If you want custom from benchmade then the mini Barrage is the way to go.

    Edit. Brought to my attention I didn't "proof read" before I posted so I am making the correction. Sorry for the confusion.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2020
  13. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2019
    Spyderco is the correct reply:) The grey bugout looks the best in my opinion. Good luck!
  14. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    The Bugout is a fine knife, no question.

    However, I am rather fond of the recently discontinued 531. You get the same basic size of blade as the Bugout but you gain G10 scales.
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  15. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    I work in hospital admin so the Bugout works better for me.
  16. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    I work in hospital admin so the Bugout works better for me.
  17. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    The Mini Barrage is a great knife. I don’t mind the AO, so that helps. I like the Bugout, too, bought it for my son who carries it more than anything else.
  18. 2malice


    Dec 23, 2013
    So to resume, and we're talking about stock, non modified knives:

    Current bailout is out, for various reasons, but mostly because the standard design doesn't fit my PoU.

    Pro: lighter weight, lots of possible aftermarket, does not mark in pocket so more office friendly, manual
    Con: standard scales feel flimsier

    Pro: better handle materials, probably better ergo's, assisted opener with lock, technically the more expensive knife at a steeper discount
    Cons: heavier, assisted so no flicking it closed.

    Same: steel, warranty

    Sound correct ?

    Then it basically comes down to what weighs heaviest : the ease of use of a manual axis, or the better, sturdier handle....
  19. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    For me, hands down Bugout. It's probably my most carried knife and possibly my favorite I own.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Caleb Bender, on Flickr
  20. Keyman

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

    Mar 26, 2001
    I believe the barrage is the better knife.
    Barrage is the only one with full liners. The other two have small partial liners and not very thick liners either. Your mini griptilian has thicker liners. I have a Bugout, I keep it in my Bugout bag.
    Below is the mini-barrage I carry sometimes.
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