New Ultralight! The 537 Bailout

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  1. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    Jan 25, 2013
    Grey Cerakote.
  2. BenchMEDAL


    Mar 17, 2018
    My limited knowledge of DLC and Cerakote is on firearms, so I’m not sure if this applies to knives, specifically the 537.

    DLC gives a superhard coating that helps lubricity, but doesn't necessarily help that much with corrosion protection.

    Cerakote is a little sluggish on sliding surfaces, but is outstanding for corrosion protection, and a fairly durable finish in general.
  3. majen


    Dec 6, 2008
    is this the same coating on the grey bugout?
  4. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Isn't 3V a really good steel though? Definitely not one you see in folders that often.
  5. BenchMEDAL


    Mar 17, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2019
  6. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    It's not so mundane, I had a confusion with VG-10.

    Seems to be a steel mostly used for heavy duty camp knives tho, maybe marketing dictated that choice of putting a tank steel into a lightweight folder?!

    At any rate, $150 is waaaay off my charts.
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  7. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    Jan 25, 2013
    Nope, the grey Bugout uses a PVD coating.
  8. DRLyman

    DRLyman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    I counted three times that someone opened the knife with one hand :rolleyes:
  9. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I’ve been carrying and using a coated Bugout for months, the chromium nitride is an absolute beast!
    I use the knife daily and the blade still looks like new.
    The few times that I thought that I had finally put a mark in it turned out to be material on it, not in it.
    I’m not a fan of coated blades but took a chance on this one and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another one with this coating.
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  10. CPP


    Sep 8, 2014
    I agree that tough 3V is an odd choice for an ultralight folding knife. I have three knives in 3V all of which are fixed blades for bushcraft-type tasks and chopping.
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  11. Knicked Digits

    Knicked Digits

    Dec 24, 2016
    My biggest question is: is the aluminum pommel hard anodized? I can’t imagine this being marketed as a lightweight tactic knife and have a pommel that would be prone to dents and dings.
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  12. levs18


    Jun 25, 2000
    Anyone know the release date?
  13. kickert


    Jan 1, 2019
    April 26... it is in the original post video (and also mentioned further up thread).
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  14. Cypress

    Cypress Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Lightweight :thumbsup:
    3V in a flimsy folding knife o_O
    Aluminum pommel o_Oo_O
    Tanto blade :rolleyes:
    Cerakote (still???) :thumbsdown::thumbsdown:

    What exactly is the intended use of this knife?

    Here's my interpretation of the mindset when creating this knife:

    "3V was received super well with the Puukko, so let's ride those coattails, even though it's totally wrong for the application. It needs a pommel, but this is supposed to be a lightweight knife, so use aluminum...even though it's the cheap metallic equivalent of Brie cheese. Tanto to match the name, even though the theory of use behind a Tanto blade is wasted on a small folder whose handles can be squeezed together by a hand of average strength. Cerakote because 3V can but probably won't rust, even though it shows wear like crazy and is a crappy grabby material for coating knife blades."

    For this knife to work, they should have made this a full-tang fixed blade of the same size, with the pommel as an extension of the tang (like the Infidel fixed blade), and DLC coating. G10 grips would be nice, but Micarta would be nicer.
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  15. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    Still odd that the soldier and police officer used two hands.
  16. majen


    Dec 6, 2008
    Why not use the PVD coating on these also?
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  17. Cypress

    Cypress Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Also from the video:

    *tactical operator scratches at rocks with small folding knife*


    *Police officer approaches vehicle, brandishes small pocket knife incapable of breaking window*

    Who makes these videos lmaoooo
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  18. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    Those rocks had it coming.
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  19. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    I like the choice of 3V here since it is a thin blade. It should slice ell, but still be very durable for any task because of the steel choice. I don't have any Benchmades right now, but I will pick this one up since I love the steel and light weight. I would prefer anything but a tanto, however, especially a wharncliffe.
  20. halflife78


    Mar 9, 2016
    I am with you here. 3V in a flimsy knife with an aluminum pommel and Tanto just makes no sense.
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