Buck Knives Rival II

A good look at a USA made Buck knife for about $20.00 and how it stacks up to some others in its class. Many thanks to YouTube GideonsTactical for the review. 

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The Buck 110

By Steve Hanner

So much has been written about the incredible long run of  a knife called 110, I  hardly know where to begin.  The Buck 110 has been around for over 50 years and over that time has pretty much stayed the same. Recently there has been an offering of an automatic version and even numerous “custom” or personalized versions offered by the company. But, this review focuses on the purest version of the classic. 

There is this description from the Buck site: 

The 110 Folding Hunter is a classic and traditional favorite! Buck’s Folding Hunter was created in 1963 when Al Buck decided that a revolutionary lockblade knife was needed by outdoorsmen who wanted a sturdy knife but did not want to carry a long fixed-blade knife. He was right and the result proved to be the key to the company’s future. The challenge was to combine the strengths of other folding knives with locking mechanisms into a good-looking, reliable product. It wasn’t easy, but after a series of refinements, the Model 110 was unveiled. Within six months, this innovation was the hottest knife in the industry. The Folding Hunter, after over 50 years, is still one of America’s best-selling knives. Made in the USA.

Length: 4 7/8″ (closed)

*Includes a genuine leather knife sheath
BLADE SHAPE:ClipBLADE THICKNESS:.12 in.BLADE LENGTH:3 3/4″ (9.5 cm)WEIGHT:7.2 oz. (205 g)HANDLE:DymondwoodCARRY SYSTEM:SheathORIGIN:Made In The USA

420HC Steel is Buck’s standard blade material because it approaches the wear resistance of high carbon alloys while delivering the corrosion resistance of chromium stainless steels. Add our exclusive heat-treat process and you have a very user-friendly combination of superior corrosion resistance with excellent strength for wear resistance and durability. You also have a blade that is easy to resharpen. For best performance we harden to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 58.

The crescent tip of the blade makes the blade thinner with a sharper point. This shape provides good control for detail work and cutting in tight places. It is also well suited for intentional punctures like new holes in your belt, etc. While the point of the blade is effective for detail work, it’s not as strong as the thicker points on drop points and skinners.

Clearly the company has had long running success with this product. I bought my first 110 many years ago and lost it or leant it but either way I was separated from my knife. Fast forward to last year when I took advantage of a flash sale and ordered my Buck 110. It arrived in great shape in large Buck Knives box. It was sharp out of the box, with the lockback working but stiff.

 I did some of my usual cutting. As chance would have it an opportunity came up to visit my friends farm a little to lend a hand. It’s hay time or was I should say and there are many things to get done before fall and hunting season begins.Cutting wire, rolling fence out of the way, cutting string, throwing bales….the list goes on!  But I had my trusty Buck 110 in a sheath on my belt. 

 If you have never owned a Buck 110 you might be surprised at its weight and length. It is a heavy duty knife and when opened is almost 9 inches open. The quality of its black leather sheath is excellent  You might be surprised at how many times in day you reach for that knife.

All long time ago, on the 50th Anniversary of the Buck 110, I asked folks what their Buck110 story was, because everyone  has a Buck 110 story.  Since then many new stories have evolved.

 My newest story is when I received my Buck 110 I took it outside and went to work on some cardboard boxes I was cutting for fire starter. My friend Joe came over and eyeing my new Buck 110,   reached into his pocket to retrieve his Buck 110. His knife, which was several years old with a few bolster scratches, had skinned and cut up two deer last hunting season.  If you aske me his knife looks almost new. 

Really this story is about two friends, who happen to have Buck 110 knives.  The fact is we like and try to help each other in and around our small town. We have no agenda no real mission to accomplish. We just try to help each other when we can.That Buck 110 was a point of commonality. Fellow man helping fellow man. Nowadays it’s getting to be a rare thing.

I recently listened to  a pod cast that two friends recorded, I am not sure they ever met. But these two talked almost two hours straight about knives. They talked about knife companies, production schedules, types of knives, patterns, fixed blades folders, knife websites…on and on they went. I listened to all of it. I am just another guy who likes knives.

I want to say thank you to all who follow, comment and like my blog. Even if you don’t comment the view count just goes up. The support is overwhelming. 

Many thanks to Buck Knives for their continued support for this knife, and congratulations to them for offering the Buck 110 in different  styles. I believe the stories will go on and so will this USA Classic. 
Where to buy: http://www.smkw.com