Buck 500 series

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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Buck 500 series

Postby Drukai » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:39 am

Anyone have any production numbers or guesses on 500 series knives produced with Micarta handle covers? And which models they did with Micarta? I think it's a 503 my Dad has with brown/Burgundy Micarta it's so worn out the back lock doesn't hold under any pressure. I have always wanted a White Knight! But really want to get my Dad another 503. I have offered to send it into Buck but he sys it has a lot of sentimental value to him and doesn't want a new knife. Is their away to fix a worn lockbar? I don't even know if that is the knifes issue..any info greatly appreciated I really enjoi those old Script "Buck"s in Micarta mainly because that's what my Dad has always carried...Rant Over :lol:
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:52 am

I have no answers for your questions, but I share your love of the Buck 506 White Knight. You do see them on ebay, but not very often, and when they do show up, they sell for a premium. Finding a good user under $40 can be challenging, and a mint 506 can go for $80+. That's a lot for a little sub 2" blade!
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Bill-in-Texas » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:58 pm

I found my Buck 506 “White Knight” in a $5-knife bin... an unexpected surprise!

My grandmother bought me the 501 “Esquire” from Oshman’s Sporting Goods in early 1978 for my 14th birthday. (It came with a leather sheath, which is still in nice condition.)

The 503 “Prince” is another one I found, used. It’s so sleek, I enjoy slipping it into my jeans pocket and carrying it, many days.
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby bertl » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:24 pm

I'm a big fan of the 500 series, especially the 501. I keep the early versions in a small box (8"Lx4"Wx3"H) that also has room for a top tray holding the early 700 series.

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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Bill-in-Texas » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:43 pm

Wow, Bert!... Very cool, and a very nice group! ::tu::

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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Bill-in-Texas » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:05 am

Rather begin a new thread for my question, I decided to just continue here, since this has to do with the 500 series.

Here’s my question:

Did any early, Old English script 500s have micarta scales?

I came across this specimen, today. I think it’s a fair asking price. I know these aren’t commonly encountered -at least not in my neck of the woods.

Thanks for anything you can tell me about the “Duke.”
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Old Hunter » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:38 am

Old English tang stamps and Micarta scales were standard on the early 500 series knives. In the transition era wood laminate handles appeared but the tangs still had Old English stamps. There are other changes (nickel bolsters and stainless steel bolsters, as well as blade steel changes). OH
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Bill-in-Texas » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:46 pm

Thank you, OH

This one may just come home with me, today

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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Old Hunter » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:51 pm

Ps It should come with a black leather sheath, similar to the Buck 110 sheath. OH
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Bill-in-Texas » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:13 pm

Good to know, OH.

Unfortunately, it’s without box, papers, or sheath.
I walked away from it so, I could sleep on it. I don’t expect it will be scooped up too quick -it’s well hidden in a BIG store.

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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:04 pm

I have a "Buck(script)/500/U.S.A. with burgundy Micarta and N/S(?) bolsters/caps and original black sheath, all never used.
What is the date range for this knife ? No date code so before 1986, but i'm sure it can be known more exactly.
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby bertl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:43 am

kootenay joe wrote:I have a "Buck(script)/500/U.S.A. with burgundy Micarta and N/S(?) bolsters/caps and original black sheath, all never used.
What is the date range for this knife ? No date code so before 1986, but i'm sure it can be known more exactly.
thanks, kj


Your knife dates from about 1979-1981 and the bolsters are stainless steel.

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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:57 am

Thank you bertl. Was 1979 the first of the 500's ?
Here is the knife & original sheath.
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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby bertl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:19 am

kootenay joe wrote:Thank you bertl. Was 1979 the first of the 500's ?
Here is the knife & original sheath.
kj


About 1979 might be better wording. Some of the first 500s may have been shipped in late 1978. The 500 was not the first of the series. Without checking my notes 1976 or 1977 may have been the first year for some models in the 500 series.

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Re: Buck 500 series

Postby Old Hunter » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:00 pm

There is a good article titled BUCK FOLDING KNIVES in the 2005 edition of BLADE'S Guide to Knives and their Values, I'm going to condense the 500 series information into the essentials here in a short paragraph. The article (by Vern Taylor, Joe Houser, and Larry Oden) states the 501 Esquire (known as the Squire since 1985) was first blueprinted in December 1973, but not shipped to dealers until February 1975 - this was the first knife in the Buck 500 series. The earliest of the Buck 501 Esquires featured integral stainless steel bolsters and liners and an exposed rocker rivet (the third rivet in the handle), the rocker rivet was covered by the handle beginning sometime in 1977. The second knife in the series, the 503 Prince, debuted in the March 1977 Buck Catalog. In 1978 the 500 Duke was introduced followed in 1979 by the 505 Knight and the 506 Lady Buck. The Lady Buck name was changed to White Knight in late 1979. Another version of the 505 was introduced in 1980; christened the 507 Ultima I, it featured mother of pearl inlays and a mirror polished blade. In the 1981 catalog the knives were first featured with impregnated birch handles, replacing the earlier Micarta handles. When introduced all of the knives featured 440C blade steel until sometime in 1982 when the change to 425MOD blade steel was phased in. In 1984-85 the tang stamps were changed from the Old English script (used since introduction) to the standard style BUCK in block letters. The changeover to 420HC blade steel was made during 1992. No exact date is given for the change to nickel-silver bolsters/liners, just that the change was made over time. OH
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