Hey everyone David C Andersen here
coming at you from the KnifeCenter and today we’re looking at the brand new
benchmade 537 bailout. Let’s check it out. The bailout is a tactical spinoff of
Benchmade’s popular ultralight bugout series but a few tweaks have been made
to emphasize even more strength than that original model. It’s designed for
operators that need a solid tool that doesn’t take up a lot of space or weight
but it works just as well for folks that need a tactically oriented EDC or backup
blade without the overbuilt bulk that many tactical knives can fall victim to.
The blade is CPM-3V with a nice acute profile and you can get it with a plain
edge or a partially serrated combo edge. This steel is plenty tough and it still
brings fantastic edge retention to the table and making it stand up to abuse.
Even better is a grey cerakote finish. This finish not only protects the blade
but because it’s gray instead of black like the handles it sets up a little bit
of contrast for more visual interest while still keeping things stealthy and
low-profile. As I said they were going for strength with the bailout design but
they didn’t want to sacrifice cutting ability which is why they kept the blade
itself nice and thin. Just like on the bugout it still has a nice high flat
grind for effortless cutting and because it’s a tanto profile the tip is even
more useful for scraping and other precision or chisel-like motions. We also
get a nice long swedge along the spine and it comes all the way up but
stops right before the tip itself. So you don’t actually lose any strength in the
tip but it will help with cutting efficiency especially as it’s moving
through softer material or targets. Making deployment and operation on the
bailout easy is benchmade signature axis lock. This through handle design uses a
hardened bar to lock up against the tang of the blade it’s very strong and it’s
one of the most elegant solutions we’ve ever seen for a truly ambidextrous
locking mechanism. Another thing we like is that it allows you to twist the blade
open or closed with the flick of a wrist but even if you deploy it more
deliberately with the included dual thumb studs it lets you keep your
fingers away from the path of the blade which is an inherently safe way of
operating this sharp tool. Like the Bug out the bailout is all
about the handles and ultralight packaging. it’s only 0.39 inches thick
without the pocket clip and the entire package weighs only 2 oz.
It still has open back to construction but they made a few other tweaks for one
we have a slight ramp here at the front and that helps you to place your thumb
when engaging the knife in a more tactical grip even more noticeable is
the back end which now features a protruding metal end spacer that
incorporates a large lanyard slot with a gray finish to match the blade. Apart
from adding accessories this piece can be useful for striking as well as some
light scraping needs although the edges are not crisp which
makes it more comfortable in the hand. Rounding out the back end we get a short
deep carry pocket clip and it is reversible so just like with the axis
lock this knife is a great option for left or right-handed users alike. The end
spacer does stick out above the top of the clip so it isn’t quite invisible
when you have the knife in your pocket but the loop does make it very easy to
extract the knife because it gives you something for your fingers to pinch onto
very easily. This allows you to deploy the knife in a heartbeat but because of
the thinness you’ll never know it’s there until you
need it. We think the bailout is a great addition to benchmades lineup and it
brings tactical attitude to everyday friendly packaging and to get your hands
on one click the link in the description below to head over to KnifeCenter.com