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    1970 Buck 110 Identification


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    In 1970, prior to shipping to Viet-Nam, I bought a Buck 110. I came back but the knife stayed there. I still have the case and recently purchased what I hoped was the correct 110, three pins, no dots or date markings. I just read that the three line Buck, 110, USA means this knife was made in 1973. What should I look for to identify a "1970" Buck 110?

    My knife was engraved in Viet-Nam. Does the Buck custom shop do military unit insignias or just letters.

    Thanks for any information.

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    CRT...
    Hope this helps. If I read the below correctly, a 1970 would NOT have "110" stamped on it.
    I copied Joe Houser's (Buck Employee of The Month) homework:

    Third Version, (7 variations) Blade material 440C
    Variation 1. Left hand stamped BUCK*, butt rivets, blade bushing, and spring holder integral to right hand side, blade rivet separate piece, spring inserted into spring holder. 2 brass inlay rivets, brass rocker rivet.
    Variation 2. Same as variation 1 above except left hand stamped BUCK. (No dot)
    Variation 3. (1967) Left hand stamped BUCK, U.S.A., butt rivets, blade bushing, and spring holder integral to right hand side, blade rivet separate piece, 2 brass inlay rivets, brass rocker rivet.
    Variation 4. Same as variation 3 above except no inlay rivets.
    Variation 5. Same as variation 4 above except one separate piece butt rivet, no blade bushing.
    Variation 6. Same as variation 5 above except two separate piece butt rivets.
    Variation 7. Same as variation 6 above except right hand stamped.

    Fourth Version, (2 variations) Blade material 440C
    Variation 1. Forged sides, (1970), Left hand stamped BUCK, U.S.A., brass spring holder separate piece, two separate piece butt rivets, 2 brass inlay rivets, brass rocker rivet.
    Variation 2. Same as variation 1 above except stainless rocker rivet.

    Fifth Version, (2 variations) Blade material 440C
    Variation 1. Left hand stamped BUCK, U.S.A., stainless spring holder, two separate piece butt rivets, 2 brass inlay rivets, brass rocker rivet.
    Variation 2. (1972) Left hand stamped BUCK, 110, U.S.A., Stainless rocker rivet.

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    I bought this one in about 1970....

    I bought this one in about 1970 and have been told by the forum experts that it fits that time frame. I'd like to know which variation it is?





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    That pic looks like a steel pin to me B_110.

    But then again, my eyes are slanted (they really are: http://mongoose.smugmug.com/photos/132177582-S.jpg).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck_110 View Post
    If the rocker bar rivet is stainless, then it's a 2nd variation. It looks like brass to me in the pictures.
    You're most likely correct Mr. F.,
    My screen is a LCD and just doesn't have the resolution...so I'll take your word for it.

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    Naw, it's just a laptop and the pixels aren't that tight. I've seen a lot better than what I have using the same technology. My wife's laptop (diff brand) is crystal clear...
    AND, now that I angled the screen a bit, I do see that the rocker pin matches the bolsters. It is indeed a 4.1 like I have been saying all along

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    The rocker pin is indeed brass. There is no question about it when the knife is in your hand. Thanks very much for identifying my knife!

    Let's hope the pictures and your explanations help CRT find the example he wants. Great forum you men have here. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRT View Post
    In 1970, prior to shipping to Viet-Nam, I bought a Buck 110. I came back but the knife stayed there. I still have the case and recently purchased what I hoped was the correct 110, three pins, no dots or date markings. I just read that the three line Buck, 110, USA means this knife was made in 1973. What should I look for to identify a "1970" Buck 110?

    My knife was engraved in Viet-Nam. Does the Buck custom shop do military unit insignias or just letters.

    Thanks for any information.
    Do you have any stories to tell of your 110 in Veitnam? How many guys carried a 110 over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtds View Post
    I bought this one in about 1970 and have been told by the forum experts that it fits that time frame. I'd like to know which variation it is?
    I have one like that with the countersunk scale pins. Never have figured anything out about those.

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    Welcome to the forums guys (gals?),
    The only thing I can add is that I can't add anything. My guess is that the countersunk inlay pins was just something they were trying for some reason.
    Joe Houser
    Director of Consumer relations Buck Knives Inc.
    Buck Collectors club Liaison, Member #123

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    Thanks for all of the good information. I will keep looking for the correct one. As far as stories go, we were a group composed of half MPs and half PBR (gunboat) operators. The unit was an Army unit that provided harbor security. A group of us went and bought the knives right before we shipped over. It was a great tool. I had mine engraved with my initials and our company, 458th PBR, 18th MP Brigade. Beside the normal chores it would do it was great for cutting steak. I only had to touch up the blade. The brass had to be rubbed to remove corrosion regularly. I loved that knife which is why I kept the case when it was lost. I started awhile ago looking on Ebay since I had no luck finding one in antique shops. I'll keep looking and will have it engraved as before to pass on. Thanks.

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    Thanks for the story and your service CRT!

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