POST FALLS, Idaho -(Ammoland.com)- Buck Knives Inc., leader in sports cutlery, announces the closing of its popular 75th anniversary edition 119 Special. As of December 31st 2017, the standard Phenolic or Cocobolo-handled 119 Special will replace the 75th anniversary 119 Special.
“The 75th anniversary of the 119 Special has been a resounding success for Buck Knives,” said Chris Bourassa, Director of North American Sales for Buck Knives. “Many of our retailers have experienced a near doubling of growth in year over year sales on this model.”
Making its initial introduction in a one man shop, the first 119 Specials were hand made by Buck Knives founder, Hoyt Buck, and later by his son Al Buck. Gaining fame during WWII, the original 119 Specials were designed by Hoyt for U.S. soldiers and crafted using surplus files and recycled airplane canopies. The 119 has come a long way since then, but the initial design has withstood the test of time.
“My great grandfather was always seeking the perfect balance between clean lines and functionality,” said CJ Buck, CEO & Chairman for Buck Knives. “He achieved that with the 119, which remains a fan favorite 75 years later.”
Like the original 119 Special, the anniversary edition features a 6” clip, 420HC steel blade, genuine leather sheath and is available in black phenolic or cocobolo. This version features a 75th anniversary medallion.
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About Buck Knives:
Behind every Buck knife is over 100 years of experience and craftsmanship. The very best materials and state-of-the-art technology are used to create knives that meet the exacting demands expected of a high-quality knife. Buck stands behind every knife made with their famous Forever Warranty.
A young Kansas blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. His unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt made each knife by hand, using worn-out file blades as raw material. His handiwork was greatly appreciated during World War II. Hoyt’s eldest son Al had relocated from the Pacific Northwest to San Diego California after finishing a stint in the navy a decade earlier. Hoyt, and his wife Daisy, moved in with Al and his young family in 1945 and set up shop as H.H. Buck and Son.
Following the death of his father, Al kept the fledgling custom knife business going until incorporating Buck Knives, Inc. in 1961. Al introduced his son, Chuck, to the knife business at an early age and Chuck and his wife, Lori, were both involved when the company was incorporated. In 1964, the knife industry was revolutionized with the introduction of the Model 110 Folding Hunter, making Buck Knives a leader in the field. A position we hold proudly today.
Chuck worked his way up through the company serving as President and CEO for many years before handing over the reins to his son, CJ, in 1999. Chuck remained active as Chairman of the Board until his passing in 2015. Lori now serves on the Board of Directors and is actively involved with Buck promotional events throughout the U.S., continuing Chuck’s legacy.
CJ, the 4th generation family member to run Buck Knives and current CEO, President and Chairman, started out with the company on the production line in 1978. He has been quoted saying, “We have been helping people thrive with reliable and trustworthy edged products for over a century. Since our own name is on the knife, our quality, focus and attention to detail is very personal.”
Hoyt and Al Buck’s ingenuity may have put the company on the map. But it is our ongoing commitment to developing innovative new products and improving what we have by third and fourth generation Buck family members that have made Buck the successful knife maker it is today. Franky, it’s what our customers expect from a Buck.