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The best lightweight EDC folding knife: Benchmade Bugout

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A good folding knife is something that everyone should have. Whether it is for just breaking down boxes or to have on hand for an emergency. And I think I have finally found the absolute best lightweight EDC folding knife on the market.

Over the years I have really loved carrying things like the Spyderco Delica 4, but recently I absolutely fell in love with the Benchmade Bugout. This is what I call an EDC knife! The S30V steel is really great and holds an edge very well. But it is also fairly easy to sharpen in the field which is a big plus for a knife that you will be using all the time. The grivory handles are textured nicely and are super lightweight. At first, you wonder how stable the knife will be with these scales, but in long-term use, they have held up excellently.

As always with Benchmade, the knife comes hair-splittingly sharp out of the box and is very well balanced with no weighting to one side or the other. The axis lock system on the Bugout is awesome. It allows you to quickly deploy the knife with the thumb piece and you will find yourself playing with this mechanism quite a bit when you are bored. Overall, the action on the flip and the security of the axis lock is top-notch.

If you are on the lookout for a very good premium lightweight EDC folding knife, the Benchmade Bugout is one to consider.

Benchmade - Bugout 535 EDC Manual Open Folding Knife Made in USA, Drop-Point Blade, Plain Edge, Coated Finish, Green Grivory Handle, Made in the USA

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2 new from $163.80
as of September 26, 2023 9:07 pm


  • HIGH-QUALITY: The CPM-S30V coated stainless steel blade holds an edge exceptionally well and provides great corrosion resistance. The glass-filled Grigori handle is comfortable, thin, tough, and attractive, making it ideal for outdoor use and everyday car
  • WELL-DESIGNED: Benchmen's AXIS Lock is exceptionally strong and fully ambidextrous. The Bugout 535-1 is a manual knife that can be opened and closed with just one hand.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: The 535-1 weighs less than 2 ounces, making it ideal for backpackers and others concerned with saving weight. The reversible, mini deep-carry pocket clip offers ultimate accessibility.
  • VERSATILE: The Bugout 535-1's drop-point, utility blade style and all-around functionality make it ideal for outdoor adventures and everyday use.
  • FOR LIFE: Benchmen's limited Lifetime and Life Sharp Service ensure that your knife is in the best condition for its entire life. Whether you need your knife repaired or sharpened, Bench made will take care of it for free.
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