Finger grooves...yea or nay?

stevekolt

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I plan on ordering a 112 from the custom shop, with nickel silver bolsters, and elk sides. I am having a hard time deciding on whether or not to order it with finger grooves. My other 112's do not have finger grooves, and I will probably order a plain 112 with finger grooves to see how it feels in hand. In the meantime, what is the general consensus here?
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pjsjr

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I do like finger grooves on the 112, so I give a :thumbsup:
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I have a 112 two-dot and a 112LT. Not too long ago I was poking around the local knife shop and saw that he had gotten in a few new Buck items. I picked up a 112FG and it instantly felt as if it had been custom built to fit my hand! Naturally I bought it, and I've been carrying (and fondling) it every day since. I think the FG design changes the weight and balance of the knife just enough to be an improvement over the standard model.
 

Tigerden

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I like finger grooves particularly on the 110 which happens to fit my hand better. Buck does a real nice job and the upcharge is minimal. Go for it. Besides, its not like it will be your last 112 if your not jazzed about it. :)
 

Lesknife

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I would prefer partial grooves maybe two if any on the 110, I like the 112 without any. The finger grooved 110s I’ve held didn’t match my grip and were annoying. I’m glad there’s a choice. I think my favorite handle profile is on the jumbo trapper 334 style. It has a kind of a middle finger bump with a long two finger groove, forward and rear but the front bolster is smaller than I like. I’d like to try a hybrid handle half 112, half 334. Lol
 

Old Hunter

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I own modern (radiused) Buck 110 and 112 lock-back knives with and without finger-grooves. Honestly I can tell no big difference in hand - now there is a much bigger difference between the modern radiused and the old non-radiused knives than the finger-grooves make. I would choose based on which one looked better to me. OH
 

bucksway

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Since it's a Custom you can ask for light or shallow grooves. In Stag or Elk if you get really thick horn deep grooves look a little funny but feel great. If you really want something rare ask if you can get serrations!
 

ohen cepel

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Not a fan of them on the 110 (not into 112's so can't speak to that as they feel too small in my hand).
 
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as stated by some
it lightens the handle weight some.
keeping in mind that not all hands
and fingers are created equal,
the set finger grooves might not end up
being ergonomic or comfortable
in some hands.
but as far as the looks department goes,
its added character is something
which everyone can agree upon
in postive light.
i like 'em curvy handles.
personally i would take a finger groove optiion
becauae its looks and performs better
for me.
just me 2 cents.
 
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