Benchmade Bugout Folding Knife Gray Aluminum Handle M390 Drop Point Plain Edge 535BK-4

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Overall Length: 7.46"

Closed Length: 4.22"

Blade Length: 3.24"

Blade Thickness: 0.09"

Blade Material: M390


Plain Edge

Diamond-Like Carbon Coated Finish

Drop Point Blade

Gray Aluminum Handle

Weight: 2.50oz

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  • 5
    whoa nelly

    Posted by Jin on 13th Nov 2022

    Get yourself one of these. I may have picked up the last one from this batch, but White Mountain restocks regularly. Mine just arrived and I am as happy as a girl on a pony. I thought there were no variations in this design with the aluminum scales, but the aluminum scales on my 535BK-4 are definitely darker than in the videos and photos. Maybe it is the lighting. I actually prefer the darker color on mine. It looks more pewter than tin can. I was concerned before the purchase that the aluminum would feel light in an insubstantial way. With the darker color, it feels substantial. Heavier than the CF/grivory/nylon versions, and thicker as well.

    I have not tested the blade on anything yet but I trust it will do work, like my other Benchmade knives. It is absolutely squared away. I hear a slight click on the lock, but I expect it to go away after a few days.

    I love the standard Bugout. Its minimal profile and light weight makes it my daily. I will be carrying this one in aluminum for a while to see how it settles in the pocket. In the hand, right out of the box, it feels solid and familiar.

    There is an ethos in the Bugout that I have come to appreciate after buying knives with more elaborate creative flourishes. Its foundation is use-based. Visual design elements are secondary and do not interfere with its primary task. You buy a Bugout to carry, to forget in your pocket, and to use when the need arises. The radiating mill-work on the scales are lovely, but they also provide meaningful grip. The red color on the thumbstuds and standoffs are purely cosmetic, but I appreciate the speck of color. They do look very nice against dark metal. For those of you who like to change your knives with your outfit, the winter-berry hardware might be your cup of tea for holiday-carry. May I recommend an Icelandic knit sweater for a pairing. That was a joke, by the way.

    Handling this knife, I cannot help feel grateful to Benchmade, to White Mountain Knives, and to Justin. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

  • 4
    Best Bugout yet

    Posted by Brenton Carr on 3rd May 2022

    I've had most iterations of the bugout, from plain jane blue frn to the carbon fiber model. This one is my favorite. The machining on the scales is perfect, and what's not to like about m390? Mine came very stiff, but is breaking in pretty quickly. Get one!

  • 5
    Lives up to the hype

    Posted by Geoff on 2nd May 2022

    Great knife! Lightweight, nice in hand and quality build. The red accents look great - I get why people love the bugout.

  • 4
    Great knife fast shipping but box not sealed

    Posted by Don on 26th Mar 2022

    The knife itself is a great light edc what more can you say about the bugout that has not already been said. IMO this is the best model of the 3. One small thing that bothered me was that the box was not sealed when I got it. Also the blade itself was not very sharp and was not sharpened well either, it had a very uneven bevel. The cerkote was a little scuffed too, not scratched or anything but light marks could be seen. These things don't really bother me because I usually put my own edge on my new knives and I use my knives but it would of been nice to get a note that said sorry the box is not sealed and here is the reason why. I did get 10% off from a coupon code so I let this slide. Overall I would give the knife 4 stars because of the factory edge and whitemountain knives a 4 because of the open box. Otherwise really fast and free shipping and a good price.

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