Dating Early Folders

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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Re: Dating Early Folders

Post by tongueriver » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:19 pm

Here are some notes that I made several years ago:

Buck Slipjoint Data:

Schrade Contract knives 1966-1968:
301 Stockman (Large)
303 Cadet (Medium Stockman)

Camillus Contract Knives 300 Series (1968-Varies by model) :
301 Stockman (Large)
303 Cadet (Medium Stockman)(just over 3 inches closed)
305 Lancer (small 2 blade)
307 Wrangler (Extra large Stockman)
309 Companion (med. 2 Blade clip and pen)(3 inch closed)
311 Slim Line Trapper (4 1/8 closed)
313 Muskrat (Production started in 1972 and ended in 1998. "The 313 Muskrat was manufactored by Camillus for Buck and was added to the line in 1972 along with the 311,315 and 317.")
315 Yachtsman (Sailor)
317 Trailblazer (2 blade Hunter)(Camillus started them in 1972)(they quit in 86 and somebody else made them for 3 more years?)( The 317 Trailblazer was introduced in 1972. It was a Camillus contract knife made for Buck. The first version had a mark side tang stamp of Buck-Made in-U.S.A. on three lines on the main blade. The model number, 317, was stamped on the pile side. The first version also had the main blade nail nick positioned close to the blade tip. From 1973 on, 317's had a main blade tang stamp reading Buck-317-U.S.A. on three lines with no other blade markings and the nail nick was moved closer to the center of the blade. The 317 was discontinued in 1989.)
319 Rancher (Cattleman W/Punch)
321 Bird Knife
322 Congress (black ones. You also see them in yellow handles. The knife, model 322, was made by Camillus for Smoky Mountain Knife. It was the first of the ‘ersatz’ Bucks done for SMKW, made in 1989, and is probably the hardest of them to find.)
329 Freedom Trapper
331 Granddaddy Barlow
332 Barlow
333 California Toothpick
334 Millennium Trapper

Buck In House Production 300 Series (1986-Present):
301 Stockman (Large)
303 Cadet (Medium Stockman)
305 Lancer (small 2 blade)
309 Companion (med. 2 Blade)

Buck In House Discontinued Models:
305 Clipper (small blade and scissors)
310 Whittler
312 Small Trapper
314 Trapper (3 ¼ closed)
330 Trapper set in ironwood (312 & 314)

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