Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife Review

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A classic slice of Americana is the Buck 110. I love this knife, however to be frank, I love it somewhat a little more than I should. I was ecstatic,when I finally bit the bullet and ordered my Buck 110. When it arrived, I smiled ear to ear, and when I finally took it out of the packaging, I explained to Elise just how long this knife has been on my want list, how great it was to finally have it, and because of that how I would probably never sell it. It’s a delight, however as I sit here to consider what I can say about it, I find that I am trying very hard to justify why I like this knife so much; even though it disappoints so miserably against the modern contemporary folding everyday carry knives, I love it like the Spyderco Military.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife Review

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife Review

The Buck 110 that has been produced, is an old-school design, which is virtually unchanged since 1963. The knife world has advanced with newer steels, upgrades to materials, and improved ergonomic designs. But here we are in 2017, with a brass bolstered organizer still available to us. It weighs equivalent to an 18-wheeler truck, yet it’s really classic, like me, can’t resist its charm, and end up making the purchase.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Size

In terms of size the Buck 110 is comparable to a Spyderco Endura. The Buckhas a blade length of 9.5 cm (3.75 inches), and is 12.4 cm (4.875 inches) closed. For a large everyday carry knife,it’s a pretty standard stuff, with the exception it weighs 205 grams (7.2 ounces).The endura only weighs 68 grams, which sure is quite light even for a modern EDC, going back to our previous comparison, however that still implies that at a roughly similar size, the Buck 110 is more than 2 and a half times heavier than the Spyderco Endura, let that sink in.

The main criticism that others have of this knife (other than the weight – which I think I have mentioned enough) is the exceptionally delicate tip, it sports. I’m a huge fan of the tipspersonally,as, if you have been around here long enough, you all must have noticed I love modifying knives that aren’t clip points to having sufficiently more fine tips (example: my Spyderco Resilience). If the tip on the Buck 110 wasn’t acute, I most likely would have altered it myself to make it acute.

You may be inclined to think the Buck 110 is perfect for blue collar workmen,judging it by this knife’s appearance, but the Buck 110 is not a prying machine. I can safely say that the blade was ground for slicing and piercing only, based on the sheer number of broken tips and regrinds of the knife that I have read about around the web.

As you may have seen, the greater part of the gargantuan weight comes from its very nicely machined brass bolsters and liners. The Buck 110 is American muscle at its finest hence do not expect any skeletonizing here. And no illusions of weight-saving measures having been taken at all.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Centering

Centering is decent enough, just like the fit and finish (except for the initial grind on the blade, however more on that later). Keep in mind that this knife is maintenance free and not by choice, unfortunately. Completely pinned construction which means that you can’t tighten the pivot or dismantle the knife for a cleaning, unless of course you utilize a vise and pressure. You will become well acquainted, if you choose to use this knifein the field while hunting or for heavy duty work, with compressed air canisters and q-tips in your down time.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Balance Point

The balance point on the Buck 110 is really very bad, can’t sugar coat this one. Ultimately, taking into account how heavy the scales are, nothing is unexpected. This knife is so much fun, but I would definitely choose a more neutral offering, like the Spyderco Delica or the CRKT Ripple, over the Buck 110, if I was going to utilize a knife for extended periods of time.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Lock

The lock on the Buck 110 is relatively strong. If I really try, I can get some blade play in all four directions, however engagement is solid, so I would not trust it for heavy duty prying, it’s pretty decent for normal use.

No genuine choil on the knife, so you will be saying goodbye to your digits, if the lock fails.

One of my favourite aspect of the Buck 110 is the tip (besides it’s charming looks of course). The blade is very finely ground, but as you can see, it has a slight recurve to it. I do wish the blade had more midsection, especially near the tang at the heel, it nearly seems like it was over-sharpened at the factory. In any case, in my opinion, the grinds arenot optimal, but rather maybe the recurve was intended.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Steel

The hollow ground blade is made up of the time tested 420HC stainless steel. Paul Bos is a legend, but yes, it’s not exciting, and he truly pushed the limits of the steel through a phenomenal heat treatment.

In opposition to the hype: no, it won’t match super steels, yet it will hold an acceptable edge for EDC use, and that is fine by me.

As the Endura & Delica are, this is my first back lock, strictly speaking, mid-locks. I really aspire that on the Buck 110, the lockingspring/bar would recess down all the way into the handle, as that little gap breaks symmetry to some degree.

To disengage the lock is not particularly smooth, and requires a considerable amount of pressure. Two hands are definitely required to safely close the knife.

This knife is not exclusively tactical in design; however, I would bet it has been in a lot more fights than any other folder. But I wander. It is possible to open the Buck 110 with one hand, but I would strongly recommend using two, as it’s not very safe. Some companies’ manufacturer screw-in thumb studs for the Buck 100, but I can’t seem to get a hold of them,up here in Iglooland (a.k.a. Canada). You can find them on Amazon.com, though.

The “advantage” of such an awkward-to-deploy knife is that people continue trying different things with new ways to open them one handed. You can even “Spydie drop” the Buck 110’s blade open (however once again not really safe so mind your fingers).

The absence of a pocket clip (again, for good reason as it weighs about 3 tons) implies that the Buck 110 comes with a rather nicely made leather sheath. Unfortunately, it’s not made in America, but considerably in Mexico. I would love it if my Buck 110 was 100% American-made yet taking into account that Buck offersit for well under $50, I realize that sacrifices have to be made.

The leather Buck 110 sheath is quite thick, and construction is very much overbuilt, with strong rivets and stitching. I don’t see it separating with use.

The belt loop on the sheath will fit all belts and is nicely implemented (normal sized ones that is).

Wearing the Buck 110 sheath on my belt looks unobtrusive on me. Everything considered, I have walked around with it, and no one seems to even give it a second look. Maybe people assume it’s a cell phone case? Either way, as far as knife sheath goesit’s pretty unthreatening.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Grip

The grip on the Buck 110 is generally neutral. Try not to expect perfect ergoes here, at the end of the day, I would say it’s above average. The ergonomics are greatly improved than some modern knives, like the Spyderco Manix 2 FRN, for instance.

Theoretically, choking up is possible, however absence of choil and the skewed balance make this grip uncomfortable for prolonged use.

However, reverse grip on the Buck 110, is pretty damn comfortable.  I would, hands down, reverse grip,if I need to utilize this knife defensively, particularly because of its acute tip.

Pinch grip is better than expected. Considering the Buck 110 is supposed to be a folding hunter, which makes sense.

What’s more, how beautiful this knife is, now just let it sink in.

Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife – Conclusion

One of the striking thing about the Buck 110 is that, if a manufacturer just released this knife, it most likely wouldn’t sell, at least amongst performance-oriented buyers. It’s still a good-looking knife, yet it would be laughed at by critics, and if we are to be objective, for plenty good reason. The Buck 110 ought to be seen as genuine classic that stubbornly refuses to die, and to compare it with modern knives is just foolish. Past this point, overlook logic, and look at how good those brass bolsters look. Not certain a modern knife can ever have this much raw petition.

The Buck 110 is a complete contradiction. It’s an awful tool, yet I really can’t help but love it anyway. Never being able to afford it,but maybe it’s those memories of wanting one as a boy. Maybe it’s that Buck is really quite badass in that it gives no shits about “updating” this knife to cater to modern standards and trends.Maybe it’s that the weight, in all its absurd bulkiness, is really quite reassuring.

Whatever may be the reason, for under 50 dollars, I get to walk around with an exquisite slice of old-school Americana on my belt, and I really like that. Yes, the grinds are not immaculate and it’s eclipsed by hundreds of newer -performing and better knives, but regardless of all the criticisms I have pulled out of the bag, I still have to stick to my guns and say I’m probably never going to part with it. In life, not every basic contentment has to make perfect sense, and the Buck 110 echoes that thought perfectly.


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