Buck Fixed Blades

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 Fixed Blades

Post by XX Case XX » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:03 pm

I was wondering something about Buck fixed blades such as the 102, 105, 118, etc. For those who have used them in real life situations like hunting, camping, etc. How well do Bucks stand up against other "higher end" fixed blades like Bark River, Fiddleback Forge, LT Wright, and so forth.

Do you think Buck fixed blades get the respect they deserve? ::shrug:: Their current design has been aroung for a long time.

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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by tongueriver » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:26 pm

My 102 and 121 have treated me very well since maybe about 1980. They are my go-to for handling game such as deer, from the field to the freezer. I sometimes use other knives for this, but the Bucks are my old friends. I regard them highly.

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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by Eye Brand Man » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:39 pm

I think the buck fixies are defiantly under appreciated. All the ones I've ever had and used were great. There even offering some now in 5160 and D2 steels. There is a company called copper and clad that have a lot of sfo's made in different handle materials and blade steels, If you have a hankering for something a little different than the usual black and 420hc.
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by Modern Slip Joints » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:44 pm

Stand up to what? Abuse like using them for pry bars, throwing them or pounding them through a elk pelvis with a rock? The elk pelvis could be justified in a pinch but I prefer a light weight saw. Other wise the question gets back to edge retention, which is better than advocates of expensive harder stainless steels want to acknowledge, ease of sharpening and slicing. Camillus' 1095 knives and Case's CV knives are easier to sharpen but part of that is due to their blades being thinner near the edge. Hollywood fantasies aside the 121 is the best of the 100 series because it is the only one that is thin enough to slice through cheese well. My early 1970s 119, and 105 have been very good knives. Their relatively light weight construction is a huge benefit on long hikes. When you are hiking 60 miles the stronger full tang knives are not worth their weight the same as a brass and wood handled 119 would not be worth its weight. My more recently purchased 121 has been good for the limited amount it has been used. If you are gifting a knife to a teenager who you expect will try throwing it at James Bond's calendar than logically a softer blade will stand up better but for those with a brain Buck's 420HC stands up for a lifetime.

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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by garddogg56 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:46 pm

Modern does not necessarily equate to better design,the 100 series fixed blades are proven,I have wandered to Bark River and the like ,I FIND MYSELF GOING BACK TO THE OLD RELIABLES....
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by Old Hunter » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:14 am

I’ve been using the Buck 100 series for cleaning wild game for years; 440C, 425MOD, 420HC - all work well. I’ve used the Buck 102 (waterfowl and other birds), 105, 117, 118 (deer and other mammal), 121 (fish and wild turkey). I used a 117 for a whitetail for the first time last week. These knives work and work well - all a fixed blade has to do is stay sharp and cut where you need them to cut - blade size and design simply helps with the particular size game you are cleaning and the physical characteristics of that game. I’d start with a 118 if you are going to skin and cut up a whitetail (or mule deer, antelope, etc.). OH
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by XX Case XX » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:18 pm

Old Hunter wrote: I’d start with a 118 if you are going to skin and cut up a whitetail (or mule deer, antelope, etc.). OH
OH:

Am I seeing the knife in the 3rd photo correctly? That looks like a 118, ONE-LINER. It looks pristine!!! Is that what it really is?

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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by tongueriver » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:44 pm

[quote="pounding them through a elk pelvis with a rock? The elk pelvis could be justified in a pinch [/quote]
Nobody I know EVER cuts or hacks through the pubic arch on any game animal unless and until it is time to quarter an elk or moose, and NEVER on deer-size game. A person just about has to do it on those big boys to get them out of the woods and/or get them cooled out. Otherwise it just plays havoc with the tools and gets meat dirty. When I was 12 years old and my first year of hunting, my Dad attempted to work a stockman knife blade into the suture of the pubic arch on a small mule deer, and broke the blade. I have quit trying to split the sternum on deer-size game also, and for the same reasons. Sorry about highjacking this thread. Love my BUCKs.

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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by Old Hunter » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:58 am

XX Case XX wrote:
Old Hunter wrote: I’d start with a 118 if you are going to skin and cut up a whitetail (or mule deer, antelope, etc.). OH
OH:

Am I seeing the knife in the 3rd photo correctly? That looks like a 118, ONE-LINER. It looks pristine!!! Is that what it really is?

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Mike, That is indeed a one line Buck 118, in very good shape, has used up about 15% of the blade in the last 50 years, but should see me through my journey! Good knives, I highly recommend that model - fantastic all around hunters fixed blade knife. OH
Ps. I own a good half dozen Buck 118 knives, a two line I bought several years ago from Cal is my #1 favorite.
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by XX Case XX » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:15 am

Old Hunter wrote: I own a good half dozen Buck 118 knives, a two line I bought several years ago from Cal is my #1 favorite.
That's a great looking knife OH. I have NEVER seen a one-liner that looks that good. My my. I have a pre-86 118 that I bought in 1984. Still have it. Great knife. Thanks for posting photos of your Bucks. ::tu:: ::nod::

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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by Old Hunter » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:55 am

You are welcome Mike and thank you for the compliment on my knife. Stick around with us here - we love to talk about and show off Bucks. OH
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by jmh58 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:32 pm

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BUCK 107.. The only pic I have of any of my BUCK FBs.. ::facepalm:: John :D
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by Old Hunter » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:14 am

You picked a good one to take a picture of John! Very nice. OH
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by jmh58 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:26 pm

Thank You Bruce!!! ::handshake:: John :D
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Re: Buck Fixed Blades

Post by eveled » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:05 pm

My one and only gripe about Buck fixed blade knives, is the lack of solder or any other means to fill the gap between the blade and guard. But it is understandable at the price point.

I highly recommend getting them all.
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