Benchmade Bugout Gets First G-10 Version with Limited Run

The Benchmade Bugout is getting a new sprint run variation, the 535-1901. The model is the first non-dealer-exclusive, non-Gold Class sprint for the Bugout, and marks the first time the design appears in G-10.

Benchmade followed its typical procedure when producing this sprint, changing both the handle scales and the blade. The 535 is normally made from S30V, the company’s base level steel of choice these days; this new sprint gets promoted to a more premium CPM-20V blade steel. S30V is no slouch in terms of specs, but 20CV should provide a boost to edge retention while retaining the high corrosion resistance of the steel it replaces.

In most sprint runs the blade steel tends to be the star of the show, but with the new Bugout limited edition, the bigger news may well be the handle material. When the Bugout debuted in 2017, its ultralight construction became its primary selling point: a smartly-designed Grivory handle and a titanium Axis Lock bar helped keep the weight of this mid-size folder down in mini knife territory at 1.85 oz.

The limited edition Bugout makes a material change, swapping out Grivory for translucent G-10 scales. There are obvious ergonomic and visual differences thanks to the swap, but one other important one: this Bugout does weigh a bit more than the standard model, tipping the scales at a still-svelte 2.12 oz. The handle profile, pocket clip, and titanium Axis Lock have all been retained, however.

This is a mid-size limited run for Benchmade. The company says the 535-1901 batch will consist of 2500 pieces. The price is set at $230 and the knife is slated to be available on November 29th.

Knife in Featured Image: Benchmade 535-1901 Bugout