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09 August 2014, 11:05
Buck Naked
What Do You Guys Think of Buck Knives?
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?
09 August 2014, 22:13
Buck Naked
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.
09 August 2014, 23:54
ikesdad
I've been using Bucks for a bit longer than you and love them. Never had a need for anything custom. For what I have needed a knife for, a Buck is more than up to the job.


......civilize 'em with a Krag
10 August 2014, 06:00
Gatogordo
quote:
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.


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10 August 2014, 07:40
BigNate
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.
11 August 2014, 01:43
Codename:Iceman
Had a few but prefer SOGs and Benchmade's now. Better steel.
12 August 2014, 03:34
Bill/Oregon
I've got a Vanguard Zipper that is everything I need in a deer skinning/dressing knife. Holds an edge very nicely.


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12 August 2014, 07:10
salesman3
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.
12 August 2014, 08:03
Buck Naked
I am familiar with Randalls. Can you tell me more about Ruana and Treeman knives? I have not heard of them before.

Thank you.
12 August 2014, 17:33
Mike Scott
I grew up with folding Buck pocket knives and still have a couple of 110s although I've switched to folding Gerbers for everyday carry and custom made Doziers for hunting and enjoyment.
13 August 2014, 06:34
wasbeeman
I have a couple of custom knives but when I go hunting I carry a couple of Buck knives. They've always done what I needed.


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17 August 2014, 00:40
Use Enough Gun
I have never liked Buck knives. thumbdown For me, when not using one of my custom knives, my hunting go-to knives has always been a Gerber, Boker, Kershaw or Case. tu2 Each to his own. As the saying goes, what's one man's treasure is another man's trash, and vice versa. Big Grin
20 August 2014, 00:09
Gerard
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.
20 August 2014, 06:23
Use Enough Gun
Right here in AR Bay is a great place to advertise them for sale. Big Grin Put them up and let's see what you've got.
20 August 2014, 11:33
Gerard
Of course. I will dust them off, do some photos and get them up over the weekend. Thanks.
22 August 2014, 09:49
lavaca
I like knives. I have a number of knives by other manufacturers, most of which have been mentioned here; I have a number of custom knives.

The two most important knives to me are the Buck Stockman I received for my 16th birthday, and a Buck Folding Hunter, that was also a gift, but I can't remember the occasion.

Buck still makes good knives.
23 August 2014, 01:37
craigster
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.
26 August 2014, 06:56
Clayman
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.
28 August 2014, 08:16
lavaca
True, sadly. I won't buy anything made in China if there is any other source. And then, I'd consider if I could do without it.
30 August 2014, 00:18
Lee Baumgart
No real opinion on their knives but I sure like where they are located. Good hunting and fishing, there is a Cabelas nearby, and it is just a short drive to Coeur D' Alene.

Lee
http://baumgarthandmadeknives.blogspot.com/
30 August 2014, 00:20
Use Enough Gun
Lee: Big Grin
06 December 2014, 08:04
lavaca
I really like Buck knives. Have a bunch. Also like some other manufacturers, Benchmade in particular. As far as custom, Charlie May makes a great knife.

Frankly, I've moved almost entirely to Havalon Knives as working knives. And one Buck fixed blade that resides in my backpack for splitting rib cages.

Other than that, the custom on my belt is to cut off a piece of biltong and for show.