Originally Posted by Jesse17
Needless to say, I love the Buck 110 and could/might spend my entire life with nothing else, but I stated this thread wanting to know "Why do you chose another knife over a Buck?"
Please don't hold back. This thread was meant as an educational thread. If there is some great disadvantage to Bucks, or advantage to other brands, I want to know what it is.
As I said before, I'm a fan of the Buck 110, but I know it's not perfect. It has a few disadvantages from a purely practical point of view:
-It's quite heavy. I'm not going to deny the aesthetic appeal of brass and wood, but there are lighter materials which are just as strong (if not stronger) and easier to mantain.
-420, in any of it's variants, is not a very impressive steel. Buck does a great job with their heat treatment, and the 110's blade geometry is very efficient; but there are much better steels out there (and not just on expensive knives). That's why I love the Cabela's and Custom Shop versions, which have much better blade steels (S30V, BG42).
-The blade's tip is too thin. I'm not one to use a folding knife as a pry bar, screwdriver or anything like that, but still the needle thin point on the 110 is frail. I can't remember how many re-ground 110's I've seen.
-Although it can be opened with one hand with some practice, it's not a true one hand opening knife.
However, knives are a very subjective. I could argue that something like a Spyderco Endura or Benchmade Griptilian is a better knife (better steel, one hand opening, much lighter, with a pocket clip and stronger tips), but that doesn't mean that the Buck 110 is a poor choice. It's all about what you use it for and what you like.
I like traditional slipjoints with carbon steel blades a lot, I enjoy using them and won't toss them out just because there are "better" things out there. Besides self defense, they are up to any task a folding knife should be used for. The dark patina on the blades, and the deep rich coulour of the bone handles has much more character than the G10 handles and shiny blades on my modern folders.