535-1901 Bugout with 20CV and G10 is here

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by halden.doerge, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. Fletcher.357


    Jul 6, 2013
    Got one. Love the 20cv and the silver stud, definitely a scale swap candidate.
  2. firefighterguy


    Sep 30, 2014
    Is BM 20cv much better than their s30v? I get that it should be in theory but I wasn’t sure about the heat treat.
  3. Connor19

    Connor19 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2019
    Definitely one of my favorite Benchmade knives, love the original but this takes it to another level. Hopefully they release a production version.
  4. Justin Partridge

    Justin Partridge

    Mar 19, 2017
    i was so excited about the release until I realized it was a limited edition. I would love to have an upgraded blade to put in aftermarket scales.
  5. Eljay2


    Sep 25, 2018
    Insane how fast they sold. Apparently lots of people thought they looked good.
  6. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    Cabela's in Canada still has them apparently, if you don't mind selling a kidney for it.
  7. DrMEMS


    Jan 25, 2017
    I have the same question. Is the 20CV on the Bugout any better than the S30V? Benchmade is running them both at HRC 58-60, so what's the point? On my Anthem they ran the 20CV harder at 59-61. 20CV is supposed to be the American version of M390, but Benchmade hardened the M390 on my Valet to 60-62. Comparing my Benchmade knives, the M390 seems to hold its edge the best.
  8. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    They are both 4% vanadium stainless steels, the general differences will be slightly better edge retention for 20CV, better toughness and about the same corrosion resistance, which is very good for both due to the high chromium levels and the nitrogen additions in both, which is especially prominent in S30V.

    The 20CV will have more overall carbides since it has more carbon and more chromium.
  9. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    I've found 20CV to be remarkably better than S30V. I would buy this. The scales don't bother me. At least they aren't plastic.
  10. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    Benchmade needs to get a permanent edition in place in 20CV and G10. It's way overdue at this point.
    mdrgn79 and dogboye like this.
  11. quattro98


    May 19, 2000
    Agreed. I like my 556-1. When they make a Bugout and a Mini in G10 and 20CV, I’ll buy both.

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