Buck Knives is a family-owned business passed on generation after generation (4 to be exact). As a leader in the knife industry, we understand the importance of quality and durability.
It’s best to ask yourself these questions when trying to make a decision on what to purchase.
- How will you use your knife?
- What features are important to your activities?
- What materials are most critical to the use?
- What safety features do you expect?
- Fixed-blade - sturdy, dependable, always ready for use.
- Folding knife - compact, safe to carry. Most lock open for safe use.
- Blade Shape – what shape best serves your needs. See our blade shape section for more info
- One-hand open/close - essential when one hand is occupied.
- Thick blade - heavy-duty tasks.
- Lightweight - feel unencumbered, easier in your pocket.
- Gut hook - field dressing/skinning game.
-Sawtooth - cutting wood or bone.
- Ergonomic design - fits your hand comfortably.
A good blade combines good edge retention, rust resistance and ease of re-sharpening.
- 420HC is a stainless steel that provides excellent rust resistance, ease of re-sharpening and medium edge retention.
- 154CM is custom steel with much higher carbon content, giving it a higher hardness rating and dramatically higher edge retention
- S30V is a high vanadium stainless steel with even higher edge retention.
- Rubber, Micarta and textured handles provide a superior grip in wet conditions.
- Wood and metal handles provide durability and aesthetics.
- Composite handles provide fit, grip and durability.
WHAT SAFETY FEATURES DO YOU EXPECT?
- Would you prefer a knife that locks open? Locks open and closed?
- What type of locking mechanism makes you feel the most comfortable? See Fixed vs Folding for locking mechanisms
- For a fixed blade, would you prefer a larger blade guard?
-Also, consider handle materials for a better grip depending on its intended use.