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Benchmade 535 Bugout

They say an ounce in the morning is a pound by the evening. And whether you’re going out for a hike or just a stroll around the block, having an EDC that won’t weigh you down is important. Keeping your carry light can be hard, especially since plenty of quality tools use plenty of metal, which isn't exactly light. But the new Benchmade Bugout 535 brings the elusive ultralight EDC setup that much closer. Weighing in at less than two ounces, this knife combines quality materials to achieve a super lightweight design that doesn’t skimp out on functionality either.

The Bugout 535 was made with an emphasis on outdoor use, which just so happens to also check all the boxes when it comes to an EDC knife. The Grivory handle mixed with the high quality CPM-S30V stainless steel blade means this knife is as tough as it is light. CPM-S30V is known for its hardness and edge retention so it’ll last longer with little maintenance, and even longer if you take care of it well. The use of Grivory, a durable synthetic polymer, helps shave weight when every gram counts.

Dual thumb studs and a symmetric handle make one-handed deployment a breeze whether you’re using your right or left hand and the signature Benchmade AXIS lock definitely helps its case. Not to mention that it’s just a strong lock to have on such a light knife meant to be used outdoors. The reversible deep-pocket clip is just the icing on top, providing multiple ways to carry comfortably and discreetly.

If you’re looking to add a lightweight knife to your carry but don’t want to to sacrifice functionality, the Bugout 535 is a slick option. This knife was made for the outdoors but has all the makings of a quality EDC knife, so if you want to add it to your carry make sure to hit up the link below.

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Kizer Feist

As much as we love gear that's jam-packed with features, sometimes less is more. Especially when all it takes for a good EDC knife is a combination of the right materials and a unique, functional design. Case in point: the Kizer Feist, a collaboration with knife designer Jason Lundquist. Equipped with some of the finest materials around on its handles and blade, it's an elegant expression of utility-driven simplicity at a great value.

The Kizer Feist definitely does more with less: it's a compact knife at only 3.625” when closed with a blade length of 2.875”. That sub-3” blade not only helps pass even the more stringent local knife restrictions, but it also cuts like a bigger knife thanks to its sharp edge spanning the entirety of its modified wharncliffe geometry. The Feist also uses an excellent blade steel in CPM-S35VN, commonly found in high-end knives for its toughness, sharpness, and edge retention.

While the Feist might look like a two-handed gent's knife, it's actually a bona fide flipper. Instead of a rear flipper tab, the Feist deploys as a front flipper by way of slight jimping on the spine of its blade. By rolling your thumb from the top of the blade around the pivot to the back of the handle, you can either quickly flick the knife out or slow-open for a more discreet deployment. It's a uniquely functional design choice by Lundquist that keeps the streamlined silhouette of the knife without sacrificing access.

As another welcome addition to a smaller knife, the Feist locks with a frame lock between its matte 6AL4V titanium handles. The backspacer and included pocket clip are also made in matching titanium to bring a clean aesthetic overall backed by durability and light weight. For a high performance, minimalist gent's knife that comes in at well under $200, check out the Kizer Feist at the link below.

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