Hi all, I've had a Buck Mayo TNT for several years now that I bought on line from a reputable place, I've even sent it in for some work and Buck took care of it. So before we go any further remember the knife has been to Buck and Jeff personally saw to it to have it fixed for me.
I've been on the war path trying to acquire more of this model every since I got the first one. I've bought one on line from another reputable place, opened it up for the first time and the lock bar face snaped into place againest the non locking side of the handle with the force of a freight train. The lock bar was just simply sprung way too hard. Sent it back.
Continued search found another in a brick and mortar store in Foley, Alabama. Lock engagement was really advanced again another one that the lock bar almost was touching (I mean like a 64th of an inch away) the non locking side of the handle. However I got to handle this knife for a bit even though I passed on purchasing it given the lock situation as the one I have been carrying and using for nearly 2 years is still at like 20% lock up and just as smooth and solid as can be even after some questionable use on my part.
That said I noticed that the original Buck Mayo I bought and the one in the store in Foley were very different. The logos on both sides of the blade one being for Bos Heat Treat and S30V and the other a Buck logo are different sizes than on the first Buck Mayo I bought. Second the handles on both the model I ordered on line and sent back and the model I handled in the store at Foley were the same size and thicker than the first Mayo I bought and still own. As I've noticed the lock bar side of the handle on the one I've been carrying and using is much thinner than the non locking side handle.
Well I finally found another one on flea bay, and bought it over the weekend, got it today, the thing is just like my first one in terms of lock up, but all of the other things like on the other two Mayo's discussed above were again different. The logos are different sizes, the handles on this one are thicker than the first one I got and both handles are the same size.
I'm not talking about a little bit different I'm talking about enough difference in size and overall continuity meaning everything is the same size on both sides of the handle to be obviously visible with the naked eye, even a buddy of mine who is not a knife nut that happened to be standing in my driveway when I opened the box from my mail man and began inspecting the new one and comparing to the one I had on me at the time. Was able to notice that the knives while at first appearing to be the same are different.
Needless to say I'm keeping the one I got today in the mail as the lock is awesome like the first one and I really like the thicker handles, the lock bar face is so much thicker on the one I got today its really kinda weird. It even appears that the stand offs on the new one are larger than the ones on the first one I bought.
Anyone else ever notice this? I'm just curious the handle size difference and other things I've noticed on handling these models there just seems to be a lot of variance in the tolerances with these knives.
I'll see about taking some side by side pictures tomorrow so ya'll can get a better look at what I'm talking about.
Where were they made?
Got the pix up, notice in the first 2 pics the knives are even kinda different colors are at least the new one is way more polished looking and shinny. Then look at the difference in the size of the logos on the 2 blades, the larger logo is the new one I just got. Last look at the size difference between the handles in terms of thickness especially on the lock side handle. I have the two knives side by side with their locking side handles next to one another and then I have them side by side at the lock. The last picture was taken at an angle instead of straight on so its is not quite as obvious but look at it and you can see the difference in handle thickness even at the lock bar face itself.
Worth noting is that everyone I've physically handled which is a total of 3 have all been like the new one, polished shinny and had thicker handles on both sides especially the lock bar side and had thicker lock bar faces. Notice in the last picture even the horns on the new one are thicker at the edges.