Karl_H wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:36 pm
Prices are practically the same. CF-Elite Version of the bugout is more expensive.
Bugout: $127.50 - $144.50
I stand by what I said earlier. The Ikuchi is the most similar offering from Spyderco, which is what the OP asked for. I didn’t say the Ikuchi is identical.
The ikuchi is a good, if counterintuitive (for me) choice. I think the reason people are having trouble with your choice is one of perception.
The bugout is perceived as a user/outdoorsy/ backpacking knife and the Ikuchi as more of a indoorsy/formal/fancy knife. Probably mostly due to handle material and color. The BO is a super slim, lightweight, go backpacking kind of knife that's bright blue* grivory so you can find it easily if dropped in the woods. The ikuchi is super slim and lightweight so it won't ruin the lines of your slacks or suit pants at a formal occasion kind of knife and has a black carbon fiber laminate handle that looks classy and subtle for said occasions. The end result is a similar size and weight knife, but People see them differently because of largely aesthetic differences.
*the original as conceived bugout, not the tacticooled up later versions. E.g.knifecenter's BATTLEWASH FINISH". I'm sure 1.8 oz somewhat flimsy knives see lots of battle.