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Old February 8th, 2017, 10:18 PM   #1
 
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Buck 119 & k-bar

In your opinion which is the better knife, K-Bar or Buck 119 and why do you think the one you pick is the best between the two?



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The buck fits my hand better. I think either knife is very equal.
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I have a 119 I use as a camp knife and I do like the feel of it. I believe the kbar steel is a bit more forgiving and stands up to abuse a tad better, but I don't use my knife as a pry bar and prefer the Buck ergos more.
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I have used my Buck 119 since 1968.
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I have this Buck and Models 105 and 120. All give good service.

I prefer the stainless blade and Buckarta handle to the leather handle of the Ka-Bar and its rustable blade. The Ka-Bar, especially in its USMC form, may be a little tougher if you insist on bending blades or batonning a knife through wood or bone. The only Bucks that I've seen chipped were damaged by trying to pound through a bone.

I think batonning is likely to cause knife damage.

I asked Buck's longtime PR man if Buck blades would stand up to chopping small branches, to maybe an inch thick. He said that shouldn't be a problem.

Buck handles can be slick when wet. Take care. But if you dry them off, they won't mold or mildew like leather will. That's especially useful at sea or if living in a humid zone.

I think Buck's classic series of sheath knives are excellent values. I've heard that Wal-Mart has them at very attractive prices especially with Cordura sheaths. Those have a plastic liner for safety if you fall. The leather sheaths are higher, usually. But a good Buck knife deserves a better custom sheath. You may as well buy the knife with the cheaper Cordura sheath and buy a custom leather sheath. One with a hone pocket on the front is a good idea, like Randall supplies.

I doubt if a Buck Model 119 is as rugged under extreme conditions as is a Randall or Fallkniven equivalent, but you'd have to work to damage one, and the cost is far less. Buck is a popular brand among those who live in the far North, where cold might make blades brittle. That doesn't seem to affect Buck products.

If I was new to hunting or hiking or wanted a good basic survival knife, the Buck Model 119 is what I'd buy, if short of funds. If it's illegal where you live, see if Model 105, with five-inch blade is okay.

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I once read that the buck special was buck's best selling knife and even one of the best sellers anywhere?
When it comes to fit/finish i think buck has kabar beat.....at least it does between my kabar "marine' and 119
When it comes to the sheath! There's no comparison at all between the two..Bucks it made so much better and it even comes with a plastic liner.
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Ever see the guy with the hockey mask test knives to destruction? He did the Buck Nighthawk, 420HC blade like the Buck Special, and it did fairly well...

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