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Old August 29th, 2016, 04:47 PM   #16
 
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The Buck 110 is probably one of the most copied designs in history and it has its place.

Personally, I feel it's a little big for what it is and a bit outdated.

A folding knife of that size is almost in the territory of a fixed blade knife. A fixed blade can be made a little lighter with the expense put into the blade steel and not the folding mechanism. I will not say that it is a bad knife, because it isn't...but I will say that at that blade length I'm starting to look at fixed blades over folders.

I had a Schrade over 30 years ago that I liked better than the Buck that replaced it when I lost the Schrade. I miss that Schrade a little but not enough to go find another one.

The real strength of a Buck 110 is that it is reasonably priced and its ability to stand in for a fixed blade knife of roughly the same blade length. I keep my Buck 110 because it can perform a lot functions well enough that it is a good stand-by tool.

I'm not a fan of large folding knives. While folders do have some usefulness, you quickly reach a point where a fixed blade does the same job better. (lighter, stronger, simpler, etc.). Yes, fixed blades require a sheath but so do large folders. You reach a point where the fixed blade knife is just a better tool.



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The Buck knives that are made in China are made to Buck's specs. CC on most Chinese items is sort of hit or miss. In the case of Apple, Buck or Spyderco, items that don't meet manufactures specs are rejected. I hate to say it but it's not where something is made but who makes it. The Buck knives from China have Buck's name on them and as such a lifetime warranty. You should buy American, but in this case you can trust the Chinese knives.
I got a cheap Chinese made 4" liner lock with a wood handle as part of a large trade. I'd seen this knife for 79 cents on eBAY Hong Kong and expected junk. I was really surprised to find a solid lock up & high carbon blade that took a sharp edge. I was lucky as I'm sure most of these have unacceptable flaws.
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I carry a buck 119 while deer hunting. I have beat it with big rocks trying to bust rib cages and it takes it like a champ. A little hohne and ready for processing. Very pleased with buck knives.
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I have a Buck 119 to use as a camp knife. The thing is rock solid for a $45 knife. I wrapped the handle in some para-cord to make it a bit more no slip. A few minutes on a stone and it is back to shaving sharp.

No complaints here.
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I removed the old and replaced it with a shed antler, about 25 years ago.
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Heres two Buck knives that I take with me hunting, gutted a few dear with them the last few years.

119 & 102

I threw in the Uncle Henry in the middle for fun, I just picked that up at a show in January
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I have had a 112 Ranger since I was a kid. I broke the blade off and Buck replaced it for free, but now it has a newer date stamp. I also have a 102 Woodsman, a 140 Paklite Skinner, and I recently bought a 104 Compadre Camp Knife, because I thought it was neat.

One thing I've noticed. If Buck puts made in the USA on the package, it's true that the knife is, but the sheaths are not.
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I buy only the buck USA knives. I think they are still the quality of the old ones. Don't have any use for the Chinese ones.
^^^This. I especially like the premium steel variants, like the ones Cabelas sells and special build outs that Buck does. They have amazing s30v and D2 blades.
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If I need a tough knife, I use my Kabar. If I need a utility knife, I use my ancient Case XX Sodbuster or one of my Kershaws. I'll never dive with one and prefer a Halcyon ss short knife and at least one Trilobyte.

On a sidenote, I realized that I haven't used my sodbuster in almost ten years. It was my carry knife for years upon years (since '73), and I had finally cracked the liner. I really like the clips on the modern knives.
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got two as I recall....................A buck special and Vanguard w/rubber handle!
Haven't used either in a dogs age though.......
both are solid working knives too.

* Giver of Doom, really like what you did with the handle............just might do the same with mine??

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got two as I recall....................A buck special and Vanguard w/rubber handle!
Haven't used either in a dogs age though.......
both are solid working knives too.

* Giver of Doom, really like what you did with the handle............just might do the same with mine??

Thanks... the hardest part was removing the old handle.
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The only Buck knife I've ever owned is a mid 1970s #118 'Personal' sheath knife that I received new at about age eight. It came out of the box rather dull. Over the years, I tried to put a keen edge on it with whetstones and later ceramic rods. It wasn't until I had owned the knife for about 25 years that I took it to a local professional knife sharpener. In a matter of minutes, he put a shaving-sharp edge on it with his fancy wet grinding equipment. It now guts and skins SO much better than before.

Here's a Web borrowed pic of what my knife and belt sheath looks like...
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I have two Buck 119s. Great knives. I had a Buck 110 that I gave to my son. It was the old style with the squared handle edges. I have an older, circa 1980, Schrade Walden that is pretty much identical to the Buck 110, except with rounded/radiused corners on the handle.
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I've carried a Mini Buck since they became available. One fits nicely into the "watch pocket" of my jeans, so If I have my pants on I have a knife. The little less-than-2" blade handles essentially all my daily knife chores. I have lost a couple of them over the years, but replacements aren't big $ items.

Anything the little guy can't handle can be dealt with by one of the two nice blades in my Leatherman, which I also tend to have along if my pants are on.

Can't see wearing two sheath-size tools on my belt, particularly since I'll have the Leatherman with me for sure.

YMMV

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