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Old 04-14-2010, 03:13 AM   #21
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I like the Buck 650 Nighthawk myself, the 110 is alright just not my style

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Old 04-14-2010, 10:55 PM   #22
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Im still pretty certain that Buck knives are made in the good ol US of A.

I havent heard of any from China.

My Buck of Choice is the "Special"

It holds a great edge and is great for big game. The only problem I've ever had with it is it gets a bit slippery when cleaning game.

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This buck has caught my eye:

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I havent heard of any from China.
Buck has been making knives in China for quite a while, although in the last year or so they seem to be moving some of those models back to their US plant.

Just have a look at their website, any knife that doesn't have an American flag in its description is made in China.

I've got a couple of Chinese Buck slipjoints (a trapper and a stockman) and they are excellent, every bit as good as the ones made in the US (I've got a few of those as well). I also have a Nobleman that's flawless.

Buck has kept QC very tight, and if it weren't for the stamp on the blade it would be imposible to tell their US and China made knives apart.
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I own two Bucks. One is a 110> and the other is a 692, Both are made in the USA. I like my 692 much more than I like the 110.

In the 1960s, no question the Buck 110 was the leader of the pack. The only real opposition back then was the German Black Cat K-55 knives. However, comparing the Buck 110 to the choices available today is like, comparing a cap and ball civil war vintage revolver to today's Sig 228. Match it up against a new Kershaw or a new Gerber. The Buck is needlessly heavy. For 80% of the cutting tasks I carry a pocket knife for the blade is too big. It eats holes in pants pockets. Worn in a belt case it is almost as heavy as a 5 shot .38 revolver. Its handle is also a lot thicker than it needs to be. For those tasks where a big blade is appropriate the Buck 110 blade is either still too small, or else the knife design is not up to the lateral stresses the blade may be subjected to.

A company named Edge (from Pakistan) made a very similar knife when this Buck was new which sold for only about $10. I owned one of each at the same time, and for economic reasons if nothing else was much more prone to carry the Edge in my pocket than I was the Buck. The Edge knife had a much more positive sounding lock, the wood was prettier with a lovely grain pattern, and the carbon steel of the Edge blade was easier to sharpen to a razor edge and held it longer than the Buck's stainless blade too. The only noticeable deficiency was the fit of the bolsters to the wood was not that good and there was a gap of a .02 or .03 inches in one spot. You had to really look for it to find it. A long-ago girlfriend took the Edge with her when she left, and I do miss the Edge. I replaced my Buck 110 for daily carry with an early Kershaw (also now departed), and then replaced that with a Rigid (still have it), and later replaced that with a Gerber. Much like Grampa's 32 rimfire spur trigger revolver, these days my 110 is retained in a drawer somewhere, solely so I can say; 'yes, I have one of those.'

The 692 holds a much higher place in my inventory. Several deer and numerous rabbits have been eviscerated with it by me. Sadly, although a good knife it too suffers from some of the same shortcomings but in a different way. For 60% of the tasks one wears a sheath knife in the woods for, this one's blade is too small and delicate. It lacks sufficient mass to handle lateral stress or shock. You will never baton through a deer's pelvis with it. Nor should it be used to dig bullets out of tree stumps. Buck's choice of handle material on it, for a hunting knife, was horrible. The black rubber gets very slippery when coated with warm blood. Leather washers or stag horn or one of the newer manmade materials would have been a better choice. After 7 or 8 years of woods use it was replaced with stouter blades from other American makers (can we say, Swamp Rat or Scrap Yard?).

Yes, I like Bucks made back in the day when using it as a chisel to cut through a nail was what they advertised it could do. As a young Boy Scout we would try it. They really could do that (although several hours were then required to re-sharpen that blade). That was long ago and both the ads showing that and those early knife patterns have passed into history. Today's Buck knife company is a very different place and so are their products.

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I carried a 110 for years. Great knife. I carry a Buck 560 now which is essentially a 110 with titanium handle. I won't choose another knife.

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I have heard that alot of hunters don't use Buck because the steel is too hard.They say it's hard to field sharpen.

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never had a problem keeping my bucks sharp although my brother in laws buck took awhile but i finely got it, you could drove your truck down the edge. dont think it was the knife fault though

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I have heard that alot of hunters don't use Buck because the steel is too hard.They say it's hard to field sharpen.
Buck uses 420HC for most of their blades, and that's one of the easiest steels to sharpen. It doesn't hold an edge as well as some more expensive steels but it does make up for it in ease of sharpening. Maybe those hunters just aren't very good at knife sharpening.

There are very few Buck models that I really like and use often, but their heat treat under Paul Bos' supervision is top notch.
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I've got an old Buck 119 that has gone everywhere with me...tough old knives.

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