The 533 Mini Bugout has been scaled down with many improvements form overwhelming feedback. The Mini Bugout contains the same material configuration as it's fullsized counterpart in a 1.5oz package. The 533 Mini Bugout only reaches a length of 3.7" closed, small enough to fit in a mint can.. however is still big enough for great adventures.
I want a knife with a blade length of 3" or less and I've heard great things about the (original) Benchmade Bugout. I was excited to find out that Benchmade has recently started making the Mini Bugout. It's a great knife made out of one of the higher tiered steels available (S30V). It's easy to open and has a satisfying click it makes when it locks in place. The handle might be a little on the small side for some but I think it's to be expected for a blade of this size and weight. In my light research on the knife it appears that the main selling point for the Bugout line is their light weight, to the degree where you might find yourself forgetting that it's even in your pocket. In my opinion the knife meets all expectations and I'm glad it's found its way into my collection.
I'd also like to thank SHEELS for their excellent customer service experience!