Modified 121

Hoyt Buck produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt and his son Al moved to San Diego and set up shop as H.H. Buck & Son in 1947. Al Buck revolutionized the knife industry in 1964 with the infamous Model 110 Folding Hunter. The company's innovative history and attention to quality have made for many great collectible knives.
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Modified 121

Post by eveled » Tue Aug 09, 2022 9:50 pm

I’m not sure if I’ve posted about this one before. Long story short, I ended up with a 121 knife cheap because it had a nasty chip in the blade. I figured it was a good chance to experiment.
First thing I did was run it through the dishwasher a bunch of times. The phenolic doesn’t mind the dishwasher the pommel got a little dull.
Second I always wondered if I could drill a lanyard hole in the birds beak?. It turned out I can!!
Then I tried to shape the pommel a little and broke into the void for the tang. Oh well. No big deal, but interesting.
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Re: Modified 121

Post by eveled » Tue Aug 09, 2022 10:00 pm

Then someone asked if a Buck with a hollow grind can be made into full flat grind? Only one way to find out.
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I used sand paper on my diamond bench stone.
Its really strange because my scratches are actually much smoother than the factory finish. But the pictures make it look ugly.

Interesting how thick the blade was behind the edge. I always thought it would be thinnest behind the edge then get thicker as you move to the spine. Its really ground more like a fuller.

You’d have to sharpen it down quite a bit to get into the thin portion, so I’m not sure what advantage the hollow grind really gives.

I like that the scratches go length wise. I feel the blade slices better. Pretty much have to do it by hand to get lengthwise pattern

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Re: Modified 121

Post by eveled » Tue Aug 09, 2022 10:06 pm

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Here it is after some really fine wet dry paper. Not quite mirror but pretty nice.

Long and the short of it. The knife I didn’t really care about is now a favorite.

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Re: Modified 121

Post by zed6309 » Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:52 am

Looks good ::tu:: you could fill the void hole with JB weld ::tu::
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Re: Modified 121

Post by tallguy606 » Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:48 pm

I got a nice 124 (large bowie) in a pawnshop several years ago for cheap because someone had tried to drill through the pommel. This is a full tang knive, duh, when the bit hit the blade tang no further progress.

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Re: Modified 121

Post by Dan In MI » Wed Aug 10, 2022 6:30 pm

Nicely done! ::tu::
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