Tom reviews the popular Buck 110 folding knife.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- It is a thick knife so it is not as comfortable to carry in your pocket like a lot of the thinner ones.
- It is also tight to open. I’m not saying you have to use two hands to open it but pretty much you do.
- 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”