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Benchmade Mini Bugout

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Benchmade Mini Bugout folding knife

Sweet little purpose-built knife with a remarkably sharp blade. Great for day-to-day activities as well as the quick use when you don't want to pull your bigger blade from your pack.


  • Lightweight
  • Sharp
  • Customizable
  • Fun colors


  • Limited by blade size
  • Lightweight

I'll admit, I am a bit of a mid-level knife collector. I've always believed that you should have a knife that is strong enough to meet your needs, but not so expensive that you ruin your trip when you nick the blade. I'm hard pressed to let a cool blade sit on the shelves for very long.

Well, this time, it was my wife. She decided I needed a new Benchmade as my last one was about 10 years old, so she ordered me the orange version and had an inscription lasered onto the blade.

Let me tell you, this little package is awesome. Fully equipped with a S30V steel blade, the knife came out of the box razor sharp (ask my finger and the ensuing ER visit). At just under 4 inches (folded) and at a miniscule 1.5 ounces, this folder is ready to be taken with you everywhere.

The Mini Bugout packs a punch with its 2.82-inch blade. While its size may limit its uses on the trail, it's perfect for any small job, on or off the beaten path. Need to cut some paracord? Done. Your order from the local retailer just arrived? Cut that baby open! I've found myself carrying this little bundle of orange goodness more than any of my other 37 knives. It's just that sweet!

Maybe I can convince her to look the other way when I buy the other two colors...


As I said, I am a collector of knives. I own everything from cheap Walmart blades to offerings from Spiderco, CRKT, Benchmade, Leatherman, and so on. I've had this blade for about 8 months or so now and you will always find it attached to either my right jeans pocket or directly on my pack's waist belt. Take your bigger knife along for those more intense jobs, but leave it in your pack until you need it. The Mini-Bugout from Benchmade has you covered on the rest!

Source: received it as a personal gift

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Price Current Retail: $153.00-$288.99
Historic Range: $136.00-$288.99
Blade Length 2.82 in / 7.16 cm
Blade Thickness 0.090 in / 2.286 mm
Open 6.49 in / 16.48 cm
Closed 3.704 in / 9.41 cm
Weight 1.5 oz / 42.52 g
Handle Thickness 0.412 in / 10.46 mm
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