Pros: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Pocket Clip
Very nice light weight EDC
This is a review of the Knifecenter exclusive version. I don't have any other Bugouts. I purchased this as an EDC blade on the advice of a friend. I was a bit leery because I'm not a big fan of grivory. I always feel like it's too slick. When I received it I was really surprised at how light it was. That's a big plus.It literally felt like nothing was in my pocket. I caught myself checking to see if I lost it. I tried to use it for every little task I found. And both my son and I love the colors. Right away I was really disappointed in the pocket clip. The deep carry was nice but how it bends up and around to accomplish that was uncomfortable. It left a sore spot on my hand after a few uses. My Osborne never did that. I actually ended up replacing the clip with a more traditional one from an old AXIS Auto I can no longer use. It feels so much better in a tight grip now. The blade itself was very sharp out of the box, as I have come to expect from Benchmade. No play, and very solid lockup. The AXIS system is a favorite of mine for that reason. However opening and closing felt gritty and rough. I've read another review where they said they blade fell closed. Mine definitely didn't. It was very tight with no free movement when the lock was disengaged. I worked on opening and closing it for a number of days. I went through a few hundred repetitions with no improvement. I ended up polishing the surfaces on the bearing side of the blade where the lock bar runs and it moves quite smoothly now. Basically I gave it a trigger job. Is the Bugout my favorite? No. Will I put it in my EDC rotation? Yes. Would I recommend it to someone? Not for the price. For $40 more you can get the Benchmade Osborne which is far superior IMO. Or don't get the exclusive version and get a regular one.