I'm new here but want to ask if it's ok. I've never been able to afford much else but have always been pleased with them. I have a folding Hunter and a fixed blade hunter (with the black handle and silver spacers and black leather sheath) that have always served me well for 30 years. They've always done the job so why would I need an expensive custom knife?
Thanks for the reply. I have a couple of Case pocket knives that I really like. A guy in my deer camp has a beautiful Case fixed blade with the leather handle but I think it was fairly costly, nice knife though.
Originally posted by Buck Naked: I'm new here but want to ask if it's ok. I've never been able to afford much else but have always been pleased with them. I have a folding Hunter and a fixed blade hunter (with the black handle and silver spacers and black leather sheath) that have always served me well for 30 years. They've always done the job so why would I need an expensive custom knife?
The answer is, obviously, you don't. If you're satisfied with the knives you have then by all means keep using them.
Most people who like/buy/collect custom knives don't NEED them, they just like to own, sometimes use (many never see anything but the case or sheath they are in) them, and have the pride of ownership of having a handmade item that very few others have, and many don't understand. The same reasons as why some people like, sometimes use, and buy expensive custom or factory guns.
xxxxxxxxxx When considering US based operations of guides/outfitters, check and see if they are NRA members. If not, why support someone who doesn't support us? Consider spending your money elsewhere.
NEVER, EVER book a hunt with BLAIR WORLDWIDE HUNTING or JEFF BLAIR.
I have come to understand that in hunting, the goal is not the goal but the process.
Posts: 17099 | Location: Texas USA | Registered: 07 May 2001
The Buck factory is within normal errand running distance from my house and I haven't bought a knife from them in a long time. I think there are better choices much of the time.
They do make some out of better steel than 420 but they are usually more money. One I used but that wasn't mine, was a Cabelas branded knife made by Buck that had an S30v blade. I thought it held a very good edge. They also do others in limited runs of higher quality steel. I'm on the waiting list for a "punk" and "thug" from their factory blems. They are out of 1095 and seem to be made to use and abuse without being as expensive as a custom.
There are some knifemakers that offer very good knives for just a little more.
Sounds like you are well satisfied with Buck Knives. I personally collect Randall, Ruana, and Treeman Knives; but carry and use a Buck 110 and a Case 54 pattern trapper. The fixed blades are fun to own and look at, but the folders are much more practical for my purposes.
Just my 2 cents.
Posts: 23 | Location: South Carolina | Registered: 19 March 2013
I have never liked Buck knives. For me, when not using one of my custom knives, my hunting go-to knives has always been a Gerber, Boker, Kershaw or Case. Each to his own. As the saying goes, what's one man's treasure is another man's trash, and vice versa.
I have a pair of Buck knives that I use as every day carry, one in particular. They do good duty and I think I will sell my custom knives. I never use them and the last time I looked at them was months ago.
I have a couple of Rob Brown, two Mick Russel and some other knives by members of the Knifemakers Guild.
I would appreciate it if someone could point out a popular place to advertise them.
I bought a 110 at the Camp Pendleton PX before I went to Vietnam, think it was 10 or 12 dollars. I carried it (along with the issue K-Bar) for my 13 mo. tour and it served me quite well. I still have and use both the Buck and the K-Bar.
Posts: 8169 | Location: humboldt | Registered: 10 April 2002
Buck was the first knife I ever bought (saved up when I was 11) and I've never regretted any of the knives I have purchased.
I think they're excellent quality and will serve your needs well. If I had one piece of advice, I'd say stick to the "made in USA" knives. It does sting a little that they make some stuff in China these days.
Posts: 1160 | Location: Gilbertsville, PA | Registered: 08 December 2005