When you read about quality folding knives, the Benchmade Bugout is almost always one of the knives that always comes up as a baseline for reliability, functionality, and practicality. As far as tactical folding and everyday carry knives go, the Benchmade Bugout sets the bar pretty high, so it's hard to think that a knife which carries such universal appeal can be improved without completely changing the knife, but that is exactly what Benchmade has done with the 535-191 Gold Class. This knife is the Bugout, but better.
At 7.46" in overall length, the Benchmade 535-191 Gold Class has a 3.24" long drop point blade with a 3.00" cutting surface. The first thing you will notice, however, is the beautiful pattern of the Damasteel blade, which is flat ground to a razor sharp edge from .09" thick stock. Damasteel holds an edge like crazy and because it is at a 58-60 HRC, it is extremely tough as well. The DLC coating on the hardware gives it additional protection against corrosion, as well as an added layer of hardness, protecting it from scratches and marring.
The 4.22" handle is ghost carbon fiber with a stainless steel liner and C-Tek inserts. The ambidextrous AXIS locking device keeps your blade set in place, open or closed, and ready when you need it. The anodized titanium thumb studs allow for quick and easy one-handed deployment. The lightweight handle fits nicely in the palm, giving you the comfort you need for prolonged use as well as a sure grip in any kind of weather or condition; wet or dry, hot or cold. A large lanyard hole gives you addition carry and use options with paracord. The reversible pocket clip gives you the confidence of tip-up, deep carry for EDC use, at least when you aren't showing it off to your friends.
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