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Benchmade Bugout vs Bailout

Looking for a lightweight EDC pocket knife? If so the Benchmade Bugout is a great choice. Or the Benchmade Bailout. A difference of two letters in total. But what are the other differences between the two? We will explain!


We can be brief when it comes to the similarities: the handles of both knives look alike. And they share the same opening and locking mechanisms. As a finishing touch the pocket clip is identical. But that is basically all they have in common.

Benchmade Bugout vs Bailout


We will start with the fact that there are different editions of the Bailout and the Bugout. We cannot discuss them all in this comparison. In this case we are talking about the different handle materials: the Bailout comes with a Grivory and an aluminium handle. The Bugout is available with Grivory, titanium and CF-Elite. These materials differ in terms of weight and price, and thus offer little in the way of a fair comparison.

The purpose

The Benchmade Bugout was originally designed as a lightweight pocket knife for hikers and others who prefer ultra-light knives. Today many EDC enthusiasts have also embraced this great pocket knife.

The Benchmade Bailout, on the other hand, was designed for soldiers and other professionals who ask a lot from their tools. For this reason the Bailout is also a part of Benchmade's 'Black Class'.

Benchmade Bugout vs Bailout

Type of steel

Fortunately we can discuss the types of steel used. The differences are namely quite clear. The Bailout is available with fine 'tool steels'. CPM 3V and CPM M4. Tough types of steel that retain their sharpness well. But not completely stainless. That is why the blades contain coatings. They are, however, easy to sharpen in the field, even with limited means.

In this respect the Bugout is a little more user-friendly for 'normal' users. The blade is namely made from CPM S30V. A premium type of steel that is corrosion resistant. As such you don't have to worry about that. It also retains its sharpness well. You can sharpen it in the field, but we recommend doing it at home and taking your time.

Blade shapes

The Bugout has a fairly standard drop-point blade. Standard, because it is great for daily tasks.

The Bailout, however, is enhanced with a tanto blade. Here you also see that the Bailout was intended for tactical use.

Benchmade Bugout vs Bailout

Lanyard hole

Both knives are enhanced with a lanyard hole. But the way it was added is different. For the Bugout the lanyard hole is a part of the scales. The Bailout has a separate backspacer. For the aluminium versions of the Bailout the backspacer is also enhanced with a glass breaker. Great in case of an emergency, although you hope to never use it.

Benchmade Bugout vs Bailout: which will you choose?

Are you 'simply' looking for a good and lightweight EDC pocket knife? Go with the Benchmade Bugout. Do you love tool steel and favour a tanto blade? Go with the Benchmade Bailout.