Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Nearly perfect EDC
Wow, this knife surprised me. I didn't want to like it because I'm not a fan of Benchmade's anti-2A activities, but it seemed too good not to try. I have a lot of Spyderco blades, but I've really struggle to find the perfect EDC. Many of them are great, but there always seems to be one or two things that prevent them from being ideal. Some have poor clips, others don't have the lock I want, some are too big, too small, etc. The Bugout gets it right. No, it's not a heavy-duty knife, but for someone like me who just wants a nice, lightweight, thing EDC, this thing is amazing. It's not much heavier than my Spyderco Dragonfly, but it packs a lot more blade. The carry clip is perfect, action is smooth, and I even like the lock. It has a self-closing bias, so I'm not worried about it accidentally opening in my pocket. Overall, everything looks to be high quality, and the red battlewash looks sick. If I want to nitpick, I prefer the Spyder hole for opening instead of a thumbstud, but no biggie. The only other thing I can really complain about is the price. Yeah, it was a lot, but if BM backs it for life, I suppose it's worth it. For such a substantial blade length, you barely feel this thing in your pocket. If you're looking for a lightweight knife that you won't beat on, I think you'll love this little gem. We'll see how it holds up over time, but so far, so good. I will probably buy another in a different color. It's that good. Spyderco has no competition for this at the moment. No one does.