Recommendation? First EDC - bugout or griptilian?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Pretentious, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Bradford Carey

    Bradford Carey Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    My vote is the Griptilian. Between the 2 it is a tough choice but the Griptilian is so nicely functional it is hard to beat.
  2. the rat

    the rat Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    I would say the bugout. I have the ranger green one which I swapped the scales out for some of the AWT hard anodized aluminum scales and it is my favorite knife by far. It is in my pocket daily.
  3. sbh06

    sbh06 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2015
    Based on your preferences I’d say Bugout. Have owned both and prefer the Bugout. Disappears in your pocket, short clip, ready when you need it.
  4. GlockMonster30


    Nov 19, 2008
  5. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Owned both, sold the Bugout. Still have two mini Grips w/ sheepsfoot blades. Also, aftermarket scales can make the Grip a bit slimmer in hand/pocket. DOAT! :cool::thumbsup:
  6. Cereal_killer


    Apr 4, 2013
    Unless you're looking at the 550/555 grip forget it and make your decision between the bugout and the Hogue Ritter
  7. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Yeah the Hogue made a much better Grip, if its between both benchmade, Bugout for sure
  8. steelhog

    steelhog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 2, 2009
    Bugout 100%.
  9. dryflytrout


    Jan 15, 2017
    The mini grip feels much better in my smaller hands. The bugout feels better in my pocket. The mini doesn't bother me at all in my pocket, the bugout is just invisible. I don't notice it at all. I prefer a knife that feels better in my hand where I use it I discovered.

    I borrowed a mini to try. Then I bought a bugout. I really like it. I plan to keep using it. But I also want a mini grip still. Lol I just really want a particular setup but not sure it's worth getting a custom for a black axis lock. I keep checking the for sale here. Eventually I'll find the one I'm looking for.

    Anyway, I guess my point is buy both. Get the mini grip first.
  10. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015

    Hands down my favorite EDC I own.
  11. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Grip 551 is a classic. 550 is great too. Bug out is great but the Grip is a workhorse!
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  12. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    My advice is to get the version with satin axis lock rather than the coated ones as the satin ones (bare) are smoother.

    Mini grips get my vote on ergo with my hands and needs.
  13. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Until you hold it (hogue ritter) long enough for the pocket clip to bite into your palm.
  14. Sigsog226

    Sigsog226 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    This is one of the few verses threads I can't give an answer too. It's a tie in my opinion. The mini is shorter and fatter, Bugout is slimmer and longer. Both make great edc's, carry well, good amount of blade per handle size, etc. No wrong answer.
  15. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Full size Griptilian. Stronger more useful knife.
  16. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    IMO buy the one you like more.

    You can't really go wrong with these choices. And welcome :D
  17. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    I have both and will continue to keep/carry both (not at the same time however). Either/or should do you just fine.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019
  18. Dean51


    Aug 30, 2014
    Bugout, is lighter & carries better. It's also is a better cutter than the grip.
    My 2 cents says get the bugout, you won't regret it.
  19. Gideons

    Gideons Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    I would vote for the bugout also. It is a lot thinner, longer cutting edge and lighter than the mini grip. Which sounds like what you're looking for. I would also suggest keeping the pocket clip on the knife. While not impossible, the axis lock becomes more difficult to operate with one hand if you remove the pocket clip.
  20. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Bugout. It's a better EDC over all IMO, especially after a scale upgrade if you like it. It's in my pocket right now.


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