The Benchmade Bugout is one of our favorite knives for hiking. It’s light, has great steel, and is a practical size and shape for many uses. And now you can customize it to your specific needs.
Until this week, the Benchmade Bugout only came in a couple of limited varieties. And those were good, earning it the moniker “hiker’s dream knife” from one reviewer.
But last week, the brand launched a customizer for the Bugout. And now you have options to do some significant performance upgrades on the already excellent knife.
Custom Benchmade: Unique Steel, Handle Choices
The customizer gives customers a bunch of options to create one-of-a-kind knives like blade pattern, text, and image etching. And while those are nifty, they don’t impact the knife’s performance.
But what really caught our eye was the ability to choose from three premium steels, one of which wasn’t available on the Bugout before. Select from the standard-but-good S30V, upgrade (for $10) to 20CV (which offers insanely good edge retention at the expense of a little toughness), or, if you don’t mind giving up corrosion resistance, you can select M4 (a $20 upcharge). M4 stands as of the toughest steels on the market and provides excellent edge retention.
Next, you can choose new handle materials previously not available on the Bugout: G10 or Jade. These premium handle materials are a step up over the standard glass-filled nylon and add $60 to the final knife price.
If you go full premium, the normally $170 Bugout jumps up to around $230, which is a premium price for sure. But for those interested in building a one-of-a-kind version of an excellent EDC knife, it’s worth considering.
Check out the customizer at Benchmade or place an order here.
By Sean McCoy
Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie’s Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.