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Benchmade Bugout vs Griptilian

Benchmade excels when it comes to EDC pocket knives. And with the Griptilian and Bugout Benchmade has two of the most popular knives from this category in its range. But what are the differences and similarities between these two pocket knives?


We start with the similarities between the Benchmade Bugout and Griptilian. It goes without saying that both models are made by Benchmade in Portland, Oregon, USA. And in the basis they also share the same type of steel: CPM S30V. The Axis lock is another similarity. As such both models are great for both left and right-handed use.

There are also both Mini Griptilians and Mini Bugouts. So size also shouldn't be an issue.

Differences between the Benchmade Bugout and Griptilian.

But there are, of course, also differences between both knives. Let's start with the number of available versions. The Griptilian is available with scales made from FRN or G10. Both composite materials, even though G10 is a little more solid. But that is not all! The Griptilian, like the Bugout is available with a thumb stud. But also with a thumb hole! Quite the difference. And when you closely look at the shapes of the blades you see that the Griptilian, like the Bugout, is also available with a droppoint blade. But also with a blade that looks like a sheepsfoot.


Ever since it was introduced, the Bechmade Griptilian is praised for its excellent ergonomics. The convex shapes offer enough grip, even when you use it for hours on end.

This, however, doesn't mean that the ergonomics of the Bugout aren't great as well. On the contrary. However, in our humble opinion, the Bugout is not a knife you want to use for hours on end. The handle is thin, great in your pocket, but not very comfortable during longer sessions.


The Benchmade Bugout is an incredibly lightweight knife. With a weight of approx. 50 grams this pocket knife has a great length-weight ratio. The lightest Mini-Griptilian weighs 80 grams. As such the Bugout is a knife you will hardly feel in your pocket. Great when you go hiking, which, by the way, was the primary design goal when the Bugout was developed.


Both the Benchmade Bugout and the Benchmade Griptilian are excellent EDC pocket knives. Do you prefer ergonomics? Opt for the Griptilian. Do you prefer weight? If so, the Bugout is the one for you!