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Recommendation? Which one first?

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by RevDevil, Aug 2, 2017.

Which one?

  1. Freak

  2. Bug Out

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  1. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    I am looking at the Freek and the Bugout. Very similar knives in many respects. I don't have any problems with S30V, I have used it a lot in the last 10+ years (despite the random drama queens that hate it) and no issues at all. So, which one would you buy first? I like them both. Help me pick one.
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  2. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    I'm gonna get a Bugout, I think, when I get a chance to handle one. I like a lot about it, including the blue handle and light weight.

    I used to think I didn't care much about knife weight until I went elk hunting. Now, I consider everything I take very carefully, as I am an out of shape flatlander. I would like to take a pocket knife in addition to my belt knife on those hunts, and the Bugout just might fill the bill.
  3. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    I can see the similarities. I guess it depends if your looking for a lighter, thinner, easier in the pocket knife or a larger more robust and heavier folder.

    I like the concept of the 535 quite a bit.
  4. gonebad395

    gonebad395 Ironworker!

    May 19, 2015
    Rev I bought freek last week and love it man it's a great knife. The bugout looks great and I plan on getting one but having the freek in hand would be my first choice.
  5. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    If I had to choose, I'd grab the bugout first. To me it just seems a little bit more exciting than the freek. Things it has going for it vs the Freek for me are: it's super lightweight, relatively small and compact, and also a nice bright blue; I'm all for blacks, greys, and other muted/less vibrant tones on my knives, but sometimes some colour is nice (yet another reason why I love my blurple milie so much)! My vote goes towards the 535 Bugout. Also, @RevDevil maybe start a poll on the matter?
  6. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    Jan 25, 2013
    If you are going to do any serious frequent use with the knife I would go with the Freek. The handle is really comfy and grippy. If you want something super lightweight that doesnt take up much space in the pocket with a little splash of color go with the Bugout.
  7. jkarp_53


    May 25, 2006
    And if you like the 535, the 531 Pardue is about the same size and a favorite of mine.
  8. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    I bought the Freek as a gift for a friend looking for a combo edge folder. Snapped a few comparison pics before wrapping it up. Reallyenjoyed the blade-heavy balance. Haven't handled the Bugout yet but that looks way lighter duty than the Freek.

    Pics when you decide!

    IMG_5462.JPG IMG_5463.JPG IMG_5466.JPG
  9. Keyman

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

    Mar 26, 2001
    Well Rev,
    I have both and I personally find the Bugout far more interesting than the Freak.
    The scales, the color, the thinness, the DLCed Titanium axis bar and the new stubby clip all had me wanting to check it out.
    The Freak is OK, however if you have had full size Ritters in the past, they are quite similar (aside from the new handle).
  10. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Yeah come to think of it, the Freek blade does look alot like the Ritter Grip's blade.

    I honestly had not noticed that.
  11. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    I vote for the Bugout.
  12. HowAmI


    Aug 5, 2016
    Freek. I have one and my only complaint is the partial liners. It just give a weird feel when testing for blade play and use.
  13. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    i vote 710......:)

  14. wire edge

    wire edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2001
    I've had both models, and I'd say get the Bugout first. I really like it, and it has so much going for it if you like slim, lightweight folders. I've been using mine in the yard and for breaking down cardboard boxes. It's really a nice slicer with that thin blade stock. I don't notice any flex, it's perfect for normal cutting tasks.

  15. billym


    Jan 8, 2006
    Man money is tight these days but the Bugout (should have called it the ThuHike but I digress) is a mix of two of my favorite BMs.
    The Ritter Griptilian and the 530. Two knives I have owned for over 10 years. Just lost a 531 and it hurt but oh well. Would like a black handle but I like the 535, especially if it has the same knotch in the tang as the 530/531 that the axis bar locks into to keep it closed and pushes out a bit to open if you pull back the axis bar. Need to count my pennies.
  16. godzilla78


    Jan 30, 2014
    Freek, it's such a great knife.
    I'll be getting a Bugout too.
  17. Scott321


    Jul 20, 2016
    IIRC I paid a good 30% more than current prices to get my Boost soon after it was released. I love the Boost, but if I were to do it again, I would have waited the one or two months for prices to normalize. IMO, get the Freek now, and the Bugout in a month or two. Then you will have two great knives!
  18. skwurll


    Oct 12, 2008
    Voted Bugout. It's going to be my first Benchmade - thanks to this thread. Looks like a easy carry, light EDC. Pure function with a little Blue bling. Love it
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  19. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    I don't have either but I would pick the Freek of the Bugout it just seems like a better user and I'm a user first collector second. The Freek has a larger blade and better grips/ergonomics from what I can see and according to BM specs it is a slightly thinner blade stock so might make for a marginally better slicer.
  20. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Wow, the votes are tied, or were until I voted Freak. lol! It's a nice problem to have is all I can say.

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