Buck 110 Review – Folding Hunter Knife

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Today we’ll review the Buck 110 Folding Hunter, which is one of Buck’s signature knives. Buck’s Folding Hunter was created in 1963 when Al Buck decided that a revolutionary lock blade knife was needed by outdoorsmen who wanted a sturdy knife but did not want to carry a long fixed-blade knife.

The challenge was to combine the strengths of other folding knives with locking mechanisms into a good-looking, reliable product. It wasn’t easy, but after a series of refinements, Buck 110 was unveiled. Within six months, this innovation was the hottest knife in the industry. The Folding Hunter, after over 50 years, is still one of America’s best-selling knives.

Buck 110 Specs

Buck 110
Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter Lock-back Knife, Brass Bolsters, Ebony Handles, 3-3/4" 420HC Clip Point Blade with Leather Sheath
Overall length: Closed: 4.88"/Blade unfolded 8.62"
Blade length: 3.74"
Blade thickness: 0.12"
Weight: 7.2 ounces
Point: clip point
Blade steel: 420HC stainless steel
$49.99
Buck 110
Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter Lock-back Knife, Brass Bolsters, Ebony Handles, 3-3/4" 420HC Clip Point Blade with Leather Sheath
Overall length: Closed: 4.88"/Blade unfolded 8.62"
Blade length: 3.74"
Blade thickness: 0.12"
Weight: 7.2 ounces
Point: clip point
Blade steel: 420HC stainless steel
$49.99

Pros

  • High build quality
  • Long edge retention
  • Excellent price
  • Classic design

Cons

Size and weight

You can just feel the excellent quality of the Buck 110 Folding Hunter as soon as you pick it up. It is milled from one block, you can feel it from the weight and you can feel it from the robustness. The total length of the folding knife closed: is 4.88″ and with the blade unfolded 8.62″. The folding knife weighs 7.2 ounces. Straight out of the box the knife was incredibly sharp.

Handle

Buck knives partnered with Taylor Guitars to design the handle and they came up with a classy looking Ebony wood-grain handle for the 110 Folding Hunter. They did an excellent job of that. The handle is not only a beauty to look at it feels really comfortable in your hand. It has sustainably sourced genuine ebony handle inlays and polished brass bolsters.

Folding mechanism

The Folding Hunter is equipped with a nail-notch Lockback design that opens easily and closes safely during any activity, ensuring that the knife never goes out of style. The lock-back mechanism locks the blade open for reliable strength and safety while you work.

Blade

The knife features a 3.74″ long and 0.12″ thick stainless steel clip point blade. First off, the blade is razor-sharp and it has excellent strength, edge retention, and is corrosion-resistant.

Buck works closely with Paul Bos for the heat treatment of their blades, an absolute master when it comes to hardening steel. He knows how to get the best out of a certain type of steel and makes the 420HC blade perform optimally. The steel has a Rockwell hardness of 58. The crescent tip of the blade is really strong. The edge of the blade lasts very long but if it is in need of sharpening it is a very easy blade to sharpen.

Casing

The Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter comes with a genuine high-quality protective leather sheath with snap fastener, which is really nice and works flawlessly. The integrated belt loop allows for safe and secure carry on your belt for easy access.

Performance

The Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter’s clip point blade has a very sharp controllable crescent point, which makes it fit for detail work, piercing and slicing. It is good for a variety of small woodcraft or camping tasks.

The 110’s strong crescent tip and razor-sharp blade is highly functional for skinning small animals.

Buck Knives 119 special comes with a lifetime warranty that you probably never have to use.

note: Buck knifes does not warrant its products against normal wear, misuse or product modifications.

Verdict

The Buck 110 Folding Hunter is still one of America’s best selling knives and one that’s handed down from generation to generation. Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter is perhaps the most legendary pocket knife ever and a must-have for any knife enthusiast or knife collector out there. It is a knife I’m proud to own!

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