Buck 110 Folding Knife – Somethings Wrong If You Don’t Have One ~ VIDEO

Tom reviews the popular Buck 110 folding knife.

Buck 110 Folding Knife
Buck 110 Folding Knife
Tom Claycomb
Tom Claycomb

USA -(Ammoland.com)- How do you not love the old Buck 110 folding lock blade knife? Everyone has to own one of them don’t they?

I’m sure one of you little yuppie millennials will search the internet and prove me wrong on this statement but to my recollection, the Buck 110 was the first foldup lock blade knife to hit the scene.

As a kid one of my hero’s, Mr. CC Teague used an old fold-up knife to skin his deer. He was cool and took my dad, me and my brother deer hunting which we never could of afforded.

Even though I was only 9-yrs. old and he was my hero, I just couldn’t accept a foldup that might close on my fingers. In those days I’d never heard of a lock blade on a foldup but that was my hold up to following Mr. Teague’s example.

Buck 110 Folding Knife

Buck 110 Folding Knife
Buck 110 Folding Knife

Then years later I discovered the famous Buck 110 folding lock blade. To me it has always been the original lock blade. It’s a stout heavy duty working man’s knife. Everyone from outdoorsmen to bikers favored them.

There’s no arguing, there are sleeker more handy folders on the market nowadays which are easier to carry and slicker to open but everyone has to own a Buck 110 Folding Knife don’t they? Like I said, they’re not a sleek, finesse knife but they do have a few benefits over the newer options out there.

  1. The Buck 110 Folders are thicker which means they fit your grip better. You’re usually big game hunting in snow and cold conditions. Your hands will be bloody which means it’s tough even with a full handled knife for you to not have good control. Cold hands, a bloody slippery knife and you have the perfect formulation for your knife to slip and you get cut. That’s why the BUCK 110 is safer to use when field dressing your animal over a lot of the thinner knives out there.
  2. In a nutshell, they’re just a stoutly built, nice looking knife. They’re not a dainty built fingernail trimming type of knife.

The Buck model 110 is a nice-looking knife. It has brass bolsters and a wood handle which both offset each other to make for a nice-looking knife. It comes with a stout leather sheath. With a thicker fold-up it’s more comfortable to carry it in a sheath.

The only downsides that I see are also what makes it desirable and might be on the off-hand listed as its strong points.

  1. It is a thick knife so it is not as comfortable to carry in your pocket like a lot of the thinner ones.
  2. It is also tight to open. I’m not saying you have to use two hands to open it but pretty much you do.
  3. It is a little heavy due to being so stoutly constructed and I’m always trying to cut weight when hiking in the mountains.

Now for a little history. The 110 hit the market in 1963, so it is over 50 yrs. old. Within six months it was the best-selling knife on the market. And 50 yrs. later, it is still a good selling knife. To my knowledge, it was the knives that put Buck on the map.

(Buck does offer different variations. Different handle materials, engraving options etc.).

Buck 110 Folding Knife Specs:

  • Overall length open 8 ½”
  • Overall length closed 4 7/8”
  • Blade-3 3/4“
  • Weight 7.2 ozs.
  • Steel 420HC
  • Rockwell hardness of Rc 58
  • Handle Dymondwood
  • Sheath Leather. The knife fits down in the sheath and a flap snaps over it to further keep it in place.
  • Origin-Made in the USA!

About Tom Claycomb

Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening for $.99 if you’re having trouble”

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Tad Verret

No comments about the 110 auto folder? Surprised, lol…


I, like many, carried a 110 on my belt year round but skinned game with a Case Trapper .. old model NOT the cheap new one.

Bill in L.A.

I Bought one back in the 70’s , after High School, managed to Snap the Blade in Half….to my Suprise…Prying a bent Nail, ( The Instructions Said…” Do not use for Prying…Etc. , Blah , Blah, Blah…..)So I Bought a Second One.. Because I felt it was a Cool Knife , Handy, Felt Good in the Hand, Opened and Closed. Smoothly….But then Later I Broke the Blade on the Second One…!! So I decided the Blades are Too Brittle.. Just Didn’t Live up to My Wxpectations or Needs….and I Vowed Never to Buy Anither One…They Were Quite Disappointing…I Just Had… Read more »

steve mc taggart

Schrade had the lockback before Buck,they went out of business a few years ago, then some co. from china bought them ,they would repair them free or replace them free,I have a collection of a lot of there old knives


I have been using mine since 1968, mostly to make sandwiches and to skin apples, but it still looks like new.
My second knife is an indestructible Buck diving knife, purchased in 1972.


I have a couple of these, but they have been displaced by modern blades; mostly Spyderco for me, for everyday carry. I still love the old classics though. I have some Case knives that are amazing, but just sit in a drawer. No more safe queens for me. Like firearms, I buy what I will use and sell the rest.


the dumbest thing i ever did with my 110 is that i donated it to GOODWILL because i thought that i would never have a use for it again! please do not tell anyone!

JorgeNorberto Pedace


Michael Smith

In the 70s&80s there wasnt a good ole boy worth his salt without a 110. Ford ,Chevy,Mopar all had room to argue about back then but the buck 110 was king.


As a Boy Scout Leader in the70s, I needed a strong, rugged, folding knife and the Buck 110. That was my 2nd Buck knife (early 70s), the 1st was a Buck Special (mid 60s). I still have and use both. I also have other plastic handled folding Buck knives that are lighter and better suited for backpacking. One is a 110 like knife. The other is a 110 like knife with replaceable blade. Still have and use those to. My Bucks don’t wear out or break. I met the founder once and thanked him for his well designed and made… Read more »


Lock blade folding knives predate the American revolution. Regardless, the Buck 110 is classic 1970s Americana.


I carried a 110 for YEARS. Wore it on my belt all through Junior High and High school. (Can you imagine the uproar that would cause these days?)
Used to spend hours flicking it open with one hand… Sadly, from that abuse, the lock isn’t as reliable as it should be and it has therefore fallen into disuse.


Buck will repair it if you send it to them. Probably for free.


For the 4 years I was in Viet Nam I carried 2 BUCK knives…the Folding Hunter and the fixed blade stainless with black grips. Best thing I did. They stood up to the weather and always stayed sharp. FAR better than the KABAR. Later on when I came back to the ‘states I carried a John Ek knife that I found at a gun show. This knife was great as well.

Michael Smith

You have my exact taste in knives.


I wish they would promote the Ranger model more, not every work place will allow you to carry a knife with a blade bigger than 3″. I own a 110 hunter (39 years) but also have the ranger. Some cities and towns out east frown on knifes bigger then 3″ . The ranger is hard to find in the store but is a very good knife to carry also.

john hebb

I own several 110s. I carried a Finger Groove model for many years in law enforcement. It rode in a basket weave magazine case to match my duty gear. I can’t tell you how many uses that I found for that knife. After almost 40 years of carry and a lot of years use post retirement, it is still in excellent shape.
Tom is right, everybody has to have at least one.

Arthur L. Brown Sr.

Now Buck has the belt knife equivalent of the 110 it is the 112 and I’ve seen it and held it at Cabela’s .
the 110 I am carrying right now is my 3rd or 4th one since 1986 (it’s not nice to drop them where they can’t be retrieved or simply lost it).


The 110 case is also the perfect size to carry a Ruger LC9 magazine.

Darrell Finley

Yeah, I find buck knives blades to be brittle and not a knife I would take into the woods, I had a prince model and the blade has broken when I got it in a bind in some oak,no I’m not a fan. Paul Bos needs to temper better or get better steel..

Mike B

If you had the Prince model you had a Puma not a Buck.


I disagree. There is nothing wrong if you don’t own a Buck of any kind. I grew up with Buck knives thinking they were God’s gift to mankind. My grandfather, dad, and older brother all swore by Buck. Buck makes good knives, but that is all they are, just good knives. There are far better and even really great knives. You won’t find a really great knife with the Buck name on it. I have about 4 Buck knives that I purchased in my younger years. They all set in a tool box rusting away, because they are no longer… Read more »