Now You Can Customize One of the Best Pocket Knives for Hiking

Benchmade's 1.85-ounce Bugout has been a popular pocket knife choice for outdoor adventure since it was introduced in 2017. Now it comes in endless variations.

a hand holding a folding pocket knife with an orange handle and black blade

Benchmade's collection of customizable pocket knives just welcomed a new member: the Bugout. Originally designed with gram-counting backpackers and campers in mind, it's a classic folding design that features a 3.24-inch drop-point blade, but it weighs under two ounces. That fact, plus the inclusion of Benchmade's switch-style Axis lock, has earned it a mass following over just a few years.

Benchmade's customizer lets you adjust nearly every aspect of the knife. Select a plain or partially serrated blade and choose from a menu of high-end steels that includes S30V, 20CV or M4. Add a laser-etched pattern or text. Swap out different handle materials and their colors. You can even select the color of the screws and thumb stud.

a close up of a folding pocket knife's joint, blade, and handle
A few of the Bugout’s customizable components.

Benchmade says there are 414,720 possible combinations that cost from $170 to $240, but they might as well say "endless." The good news is that if you're intent on trying them all, the visualizer is fast, easy and fun to mess around with. So much so that you might not want to start designing your own Bugout until after the workday ends — you might be at it for a while.

Buy Now: $170+

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