Handy & Versatile: Bugout 535 Benchmade Pocket Knife

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One of my favorite pocket camping knives, known for its quality, is Benchmade. Approximately 25 miles from where I’m writing this article, the Benchmade headquarters in Oregon City, Oregon, is churning out more knives for the outdoorsy, the tradesfolk, the hunters and gatherers, and anyone who needs a pocket knife.

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A Knife Built as Tough as Those Who Use it

I have lost, destroyed, and dulled many knives over the years. An old boss gifted me my first Bugout 535 as a going-away gift in hopes I could use it for years to come. I’ll admit that at first, I was reluctant to use it because of the money my ex-boss spent on the knife. If there was a job as “Professional Loser and Destroyer of Knives”, I could make a successful career out of it. But after working up the courage to use the knife, I started carrying it daily. This also means it has joined me on many outdoor adventures. I’ve used it to make food while camping and hiking, to open boxes, cut ropes, and more. I haven’t used another knife since the Bugout came into my life.

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I’ve taken this knife on over 100 outdoor climbing days for bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, and multi-pitch adventures. The blue handle helps me spot it easily in my bag. I usually bring it cross-country or backcountry skiing as well. I have less use for it in resorts. This knife has also joined me on dozens of camping trips, and while I prefer to use a different knife for cutting food, it has done the job a few times in a pinch.

The drop-point blade has plenty of surfaces to slice with. Best of all, the premium-grade steel blade is still ultra-sharp, two years later. I still haven’t had to resharpen the knife, and being the clumsy human I am, I still accidentally slice myself with it every once in a while. The secure grivory handle has failed to slip out of my fingers, and the handle design helps with fatigue and grip when precision matters. When open, the length of the knife is 7.46 inches; when closed, it’s 4.22 inches. This makes it palm-sized even when your hands are small. It’s lightweight at 1.85 ounces, so it doesn’t sag in even the most pitiful of pockets on women’s clothing.

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The Buy

While Benchmade knives can get pricey, they are worth their weight in gold. While there are several Benchmade retailers, you can also order this knife from them directly at the MSRP of $155. I highly recommend Benchmade and specifically the Bugout for adventurers and those who adore the outdoors and need tools for navigating it.

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Tuesday Kirby Kahl

Tuesday Kirby Kahl is a native Texan now residing in Portland, OR. In addition to her work as a writer, she’s a competitive climbing coach for youth and adult athletes. When she’s not working, you’ll find her rock climbing, exploring, skiing, and paddle boarding all over the Cascades. When at home, she’s usually tending to her collection or houseplants or painting with a cup of tea in hand.