Florida, The bugout is a great lightweight knife. The stock handle scales are ok and plenty strong. If you grow tired of them there are plenty of aftermarket scale options. Flytanium sells G10 replacements for only 40 bucks in several colors and is a nice upgrade. I like my bugout and its a fine choice but not something i would carry everyday personally. if you want something in a lightweight I would recommend a delica, endura, or manix 2 lightweight or even a para 3 lightweight. They all will come in less budget wise than a new bugout and are fantastic choices for a daily EDC while not being too heavy. Even after owning several higher end folders costing many times more i still carry all them bc they are just good and you cant go wrong with any of them. The endura and manix are my personal favorites. The manix ball bearing lock functions somewhat simlar to the bugout axis lock as well if you care about that aspect. A PM2 is a great option also if you wanna spend a little more. Cold steel also makes a lot of high value folders like the code 4 and American lawman that will handle plenty of abuse and are also under the bugout price. Honestly there is a staggering number of high quality knives available in today's market for $100 or so! Just depends what you plan to use it for and what features you value most.