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Anyone EDC a 112?

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by Lenny, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Lenny


    Oct 15, 1998
    Got one coming in the mail and I'm wondering how it is as an EDC.
    I've got a beautiful 110 from the custom shop but that's altogether too large
    and heavy for EDC.
    I'm really not a belt sheath kind of guy, so I'm hoping the 112 might be OK in the back pocket.
    What do you think?
    Gratuitous pix are encouraged. :)
  2. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member Gold Member Platinum Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    I've not carried a 112 in my back pocket, but have done so in a front pocket and its no prob. But you'll know its there. You get most of the utility of the 110, with a good reduction in size, so its a nice compromise if you are not a 110/belt carry kind of guy.

  3. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    I carry my 112 in my RFP regularly. Mine was old one from the 70s so I rounded off the edges of the bolsters for better pocket carry. I believe the new ones come this way out of the box. I notice the weight for the first few minutes but then don't notice it. I find the 112 to be THE most beautiful pocket knife, period. It's just wonderful.

    Here's my longer review comparing it to the Opinel #8.
  4. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    I EDC the 112 these days and almost exclusively in the Cabela's pants and shorts with the knife pocket on the right side back lower thigh.

    Fit is perfect and the closure is Velcro.

    If I didn't carry it like that I'd carry it in the brown leather sheath.

    Back pocket seems a little loose and I'd be concerned that I'd lose it......front pockets get too busy and the knife can get scratched up by coins, keys, etc.
  5. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    BTW........the 110 will carry just as easily in the Cabela's pants with that particular pocket......and you don't even know it's there.

  6. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I wore out several jeans pockets packing a 112. Finally sharpened it down to a nub and then replaced it. Great knife, tho'.
  7. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Been carrying 112's in my right front pocket for years. Don't mind the weight or size a bit.
  8. lonewolf_94


    May 25, 2010
    I carry a 112 occasionally on my belt and somtimes in my back pocket. The weight is not an issue for me. When I do carry it in my back pocket, I put it next to my wallet so the knife stays vertical in my pocket.
    My Grandfather carried a 112 for forty years and I think he still does.
  9. harleyguy02

    harleyguy02 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 2, 2009
    I carry one in left rear pocket tucked inside a Large Chris Reeve leather pouch.

    No issues and it carries nicely..
  10. David Martin

    David Martin

    Apr 7, 2008
  11. mbjannusch


    Apr 1, 2010
    The first Buck knife I ever got was a 112, my wife gave me for our first Christmas together (1994) and I've been carrying it off and on sense then. Boy if she only knew what she was starting when she gave that to me, she would have bought me new socks.
  12. gphunt


    Oct 31, 2012

    Hello, I am a new forum participant. I have read many posts on this site and have loved reading them. Now, you may think this is funny----I am a 65-year-old mom who wants to buy a knife for her daughter's boyfriend for Xmas. He recently returned from Afghanistan and a four-year stint in the Marines. He was a dog-handler over there (let's hope he can get her back some day - she has more tours to do.)
    Anyway, he wants a 112 BUCK RANGER (so my daughter got out of him) and I want to buy him a great one. I have spent hours now looking at and reading about Buck knives.
    I got a really good deal on a two-dot 112 Ranger (1978) NIB with papers. My daughter says she thinks he would like a Finger Groove model.
    What do you think? I am driving myself semi-crazy (but enjoying it) looking at e-Bay and Cabelas (don't have any) for a vintage FG.
    Should I keep trying to find one? Just get a new one on Amazon or ? Or stay with the 1978 2-dot and let it be.
    (I also bought an older model of the Buck three sharpening system in wood)
    I will be kind of sad when this is all done. It has been a fun endeavor. Lucky you guys who have reasons to collect knives! And a place to use them!)
    Thanks for your help. : )
  13. gphunt


    Oct 31, 2012
    A neighbor is selling this knife for about $40.00. Was sent to B uck for cleaning and looks good. It is about
    1/8" short but the tip was redone by Buck. It isn't a FG but isn't this a collectible? Thanks guys!
  14. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Welcome to the forum, gphunt. Finger grooves or no finger grooves is really a matter of personal preference. Lots of people like how FGs look and feel, but I prefer the early look and feel of my '73 Ranger with no FGs and square edges. Is it your daughter's opinion that he would like FGs or did he tell her?

    The '78 Ranger has a 440-C blade which "technically" holds an edge longer. Sounds like a nice knife for the money. :thumbup:
  15. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011

    First, anything you can do along the lines of saying thanks to her boyfriend for his service is a wonderful thing.

    Regarding the knives you are looking at, I'm confused if the 2-dot 112 under consideration is NIB (undamaged) or if it has had its tip reprofiled. Could you clarify?

    Regarding collectability, two things bear mentioning. First, there are precious few aspects of pocket knives that don't have some devoted set of collectors. Second, different people approach knives in general, and Bucks in particular, differently. Some collect and some acquire knives to be used. For a first Buck, I wouldn't get hung up on its collectability or long-term value. Buck 112s are still fairly common and aren't rare. And, IMO, a person's first 112 should be a user (even it it is an older one).

    Even more personally, I find that finger grooves are less needed on the 112 and more needed on the 110. The front bolster on the 112 is really wonderful and gives the knife a great feel in the hand. Some people really like the FG 112, but I wouldn't feel bad in any way in giving a non-FG model as a gift (unless your daughter has clearly heard that he really wants the FG model).

    If she knows he really wants the FG model, I would just get a current model. It's a wonderful knife and a great value.

    Lastly, I would feel fine buying a knife with a reworked tip for myself (I've done it knowingly) but would feel iffy about giving one as a gift.
  16. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001

    I like your reply better than mine. :eek: Well written! :thumbup:
  17. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Can't talk value , but I will say that those early ones are getting rather scarce... Many folks consider that one VERY Collectable. The FG's didn't come untill the 3 Dot version.
    If you already have the 2 dot, the Micarta scaled one would be a very nice addition for him.

    P.S. I have a Micarta one that I occasionally carry and use ;)
  18. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    The Micarta one you mention would be a great knife to own.....not strictly a collectible, but there are many who would pay more than $40 for it.

    The 2 dot you mention is a gift worthy of anyone.

    Maybe a 4-dot finger-groove could come along later as a gift somewhere down the road.

  19. David Martin

    David Martin

    Apr 7, 2008
    A micarta 112 in good shape is hard to find which makes them very collectable. However, one redone is not. It still makes a good user. A 3 dot finger groove in good shape is hard to find as well. Stay tuned... DM
  20. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    A 3 dot finger groove in good shape is hard to find......

    You gotta work for them! :)


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