Looking for the best pocket knife for EDC? The Benchmade 535 Bugout is perfect for all of life’s adventures, and the new KnifeCenter Exclusive Battlewash™ Bugout is the best version yet. This slim, ultralight folding knife features Benchmade’s signature AXIS Lock for fast action and reliable safety, and S30V steel in a black cerakote or satin finish for long-lasting sharpness.
First appearing on the KnifeCenter Exclusive Bugout, Benchmade’s Battlewash™ handles emulate the stonewashed look so popular as a blade finish, creating a rustic, “broken-in” style that instantly looks right at home next to your most prized gear. The Grivory material used is lightweight and strong, cutting down on unnecessary bulk. There is no need to buy custom handle scales with this knife. It is perfect right out of the box!
S30V Stainless Steel
The first modern steel ever developed exclusively for the cutlery industry, CPM-S30V steel is created with the particle metallurgy process for a microscopically uniform grain structure. What this means for the end-user is a steel that will hold an edge exceptionally well. S30V has taken its place as a top choice for folding pocket knives for bringing high performance to a relatively affordable price point.
Drop Point Blade
Widely considered to be the most versatile blade shape in existence, the drop point is perfect for all things EDC, utility, camping, hiking/backpacking, hunting, and even tactical roles. The KnifeCenter Exclusive Battlewash™ Benchmade Bugout blade features a high flat grind for efficient slicing that is perfect for cutting cardboard, opening packages, and even a bit of food prep.
Benchmade’s signature AXIS Lock has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100-percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar which rides forward and back in a slot, extending to both sides of the knife. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened, using springs to keep it wedged solidly in place for reliable and secure lockup.
Deep Carry Pocket Clip
A deep carry pocket clip enables you to carry the knife discreetly, with only a hint of the knife handle sticking up above the hem of your pocket. The blackened finish holds up well to scratches throughout daily use, and it is reversible for right or left-handed carry.
Dual Thumb Studs
Thumb studs enable easy one-handed opening of the blade. An awesome red anodized color pops nicely against the black color, and coordinated red barrel spacers tie everything together.
- Blade Length: 3.24" (8.23 cm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.090" (2.286 mm)
- Handle Thickness: 0.45" (11.43 mm)
- Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Weight: 1.87 oz. (53.01 g)
- Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel, Reversible, Tip-Up
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS
- Overall Length: 7.46" (18.95 cm)
- Closed Length: 4.22" (10.72 cm)
- Class: Blue
- Made in the USA
The black Cerakote blade coating does more than look good. This thin-film ceramic-based coating protects the blade underneath and increases its abrasion and corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. This extra durability will help ensure your blade will last a lifetime.Buy Now: $153.00
The satin blade option on the KnifeCenter Exclusive Battlewash™ Bugout actually features a fine stonewashed finish. This random tumbled finish will help minimize the appearance of scratches as you actually use your knife, helping it to stay looking fresh for longer than many other blade finishes.Buy Now: $140.25
Video Review of the new Benchmade Battlewash™ Bugout
Our customers love the Benchmade Bugout, and have published some amazing reviews!
Extremely light weight and thin for ease of carry. Razor sharp with excellent edge retention. Don’t listen to the guy who complained about the handles, they are very robust.
Barry from Cape Cod
This is my first Benchmade knife I’ve ever owned. I own many many knives and this Bugout really surprised me once actually in hand. I wish I bought this knife when it first came out. It's so nice, I don't even want to use it. I will prolly have to buy another and save one for my collection. One of my favorites I own now. I wrote this review not having owned it more than a day.
EDC from Illinois
I've had dozens of different edc knives.This one is the best.Very light, very durable and extreme quality.
I purchased this knife as a hiking/EDC knife. This thing came scalpel sharp out of the box. Benchmade does an awesome job with their S30V steel. It holds an edge for a long time. Even after 6 hours of hammering on this knife, it is still able to shave hair.
Woodland Warrior from California
Benchmade Bugout Gallery
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Benchmade Bugout Battlewash™ Folding Knife S30V Black Plain Blade
The 535-1903 is their first knife to features their Battlewash handle finish, in addition to matching red accents on the thumb studs and barrel spacers.
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Benchmade Bugout Battlewash™ Folding Knife S30V Satin Plain Blade
This KnifeCenter Exclusive features the Battlewash handle finish, in addition to matching red accents on the thumb studs and barrel spacers, is available with a satin finish.
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Benchmade Bugout Satin Plain Blade with Blue Grivory Handles
The Bugout was designed for the modern outdoor adventurer, incorporating the lightest, best performing materials in an extremely slim, yet ergonomic package.
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Benchmade Bugout Satin Combo Blade with Blue Grivory Handles
The Bugout was designed for the modern outdoor adventurer, incorporating the lightest, best performing materials in an extremely slim, yet ergonomic package with a partial serrated blade.
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Benchmade Bugout Gray Plain Blade with Ranger Green Grivory Handles
This version of the Bugout was developed to be easily carried anywhere without drawing attention to itself. Ranger green handles and a smoked gray, chromium nitride coated blade blend into nearly any environment.
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Benchmade Bugout Gray Combo Blade with Ranger Green Grivory Handles
This Bugout was developed with a serrated blade to be easily carried anywhere . Ranger green handles and a smoked gray, chromium nitride coated blade blend into nearly any environment.
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Benchmade 535-191 Bugout Gold Class Damasteel Blade
Munin pattern Damasteel and ghost carbon fiber handles are coupled with smoked gray PVD coated liners, pocket clip, and hardware. Blue anodized titanium thumb studs and barrel spacers round out this Unlimited Limited Gold Class model.
Where are Benchmade knives made?
Benchmade knives are American made and are manufactured with pride in Oregon City, OR.
Does the Benchmade Bugout have a Warranty?
Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. warrants that Benchmade knives purchased from authorized dealers, including KnifeCenter, will be free from defects in materials and workmanship. Benchmade will, without charge, repair or replace at their option, any knife purchased from an authorized dealer and returned for Warranty work that is found to be defective by Benchmade.
What is a Cerakote Finish?
Cerakote is a ceramic-based finish that is often applied to knife blades and metal parts, as well as many other applications by a wide range of industrial manufacturers. This coating enhances the parts with higher abrasion and wear resistance and additional protection against corrosion. The KnifeCenter Exclusive Battlewash™ Benchmade Bugout is available with a bare metal satin finish or with a black Cerakote blade finish for added durability.
What is the blade material and is it hard to sharpen?
The blade on the Benchmade Bugout is made with S30V steel. With a little practice, we have found that S30V takes a moderate amount of effort to sharpen, but with the right gear, most people have no problem maintaining a good edge.
What is the return policy?
If you are unhappy with your factory made purchase, please return it to us in its original, new and unused condition within 60 days (custom and mid-tech knives must be returned within 14 days), and include the manufacturer's packaging. We will give you a full refund for the purchase price (less any shipping fees and/or promotional discounts) as either a refund onto your credit card, if that is how you paid, or a check. If you received the item with free shipping, you will receive the full refund less $5 to cover our original shipping costs. Any items returned not in new or unused condition will be shipped back to the purchaser at their expense. We will not accept returns with shipping labels attached directly to product packaging. See the KnifeCenter Return Policy for more details.