New Buck 040 Onset

Yo Mama

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So I have an unfortunate update. After receiving the onset today it will be going back to the vendor tomorrow. There was a nice scratch along the blade, that I could live with. However detent is ridiculously strong to where it hurts to open the knife and it is not enjoyable to fidget with in any way. Also has lock rock that is not fixed with pivot adjustment. Underwhelmed as I was listing over getting this for 3 months.

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Edit to add: took vid down, thought more on it and it's not fair if I just got a lemon to imply all are this way. I will always be a Buck fan, love them, this model just may not be for me.
 
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J Hubbard

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So I have an unfortunate update. After receiving the onset today it will be going back to the vendor tomorrow. There was a nice scratch along the blade, that I could live with. However detent is ridiculously strong to where it hurts to open the knife and it is not enjoyable to fidget with in any way. Also has lock rock that is not fixed with pivot adjustment. Underwhelmed as I was listing over getting this for 3 months.

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Thank you for the candid feedback. I will review this with our shop. If you do want a replacement, please send that directly to me so I can see it. We spent a lot of time dialing in the detent release force, so it shouldn't be that hard to open. Also, in all the ones I've reviewed, I haven't seen any lock rock, so am extremely curious on that also.

Thanks,

Jeff
 

Yo Mama

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Thank you for the candid feedback. I will review this with our shop. If you do want a replacement, please send that directly to me so I can see it. We spent a lot of time dialing in the detent release force, so it shouldn't be that hard to open. Also, in all the ones I've reviewed, I haven't seen any lock rock, so am extremely curious on that also.

Thanks,

Jeff
Thanks Jeff, I appreciate you so much! I'm just going to do a return at this point. Please know I sing the praises of Buck, there are so many amazing models, this one just may not be for me.
 
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Received mine....nice knife. Nice to see a basic design, devoid of all the weird handle angles, useless blade grinds, Etc. The detent pressure is very well done. Interesting that the detent in the blade is actually a small channel. Some may have a problem with the flip-opening if they place pressure against the lock bar (which is an issue with all frame lock flippers). Only minor drawback, for me, is the free spinning pivot.
 

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I like it quite a bit. But don’t much carry many modern folders anymore, with the exception of a few select examples. And not all the time. For the price, I don’t think I’ll be adding this one to the rotation. I would buy if the price was about half, considering the materials. I’d even go S30V or 420HC to get the price down if I had to. :thumbsup:
 

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I don’t know but maybe they wanted the dealers to have a chance to sell some first before offering it at discount. And I’m sure Buck has some investment cost to recover. Hopefully it won’t be long they will be up for discounts like other premium models.
 

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I don’t know but maybe they wanted the dealers to have a chance to sell some first before offering it at discount. And I’m sure Buck has some investment cost to recover. Hopefully it won’t be long they will be up for discounts like other premium models.

likely all true and good points.

even dealer price points are just to high to me though. that 179.99 opens a lot of doors of choices.
 

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JB I feel the same way..When I consider the price of a new USER (non 112) for years I judged it by how many odd mostly used 112's I could buy at a bargain for the same price. Anything over $150.00 really does open up a lot of choices. The down side of that is the time it takes to search out a true bargain. Now that I am not lazer focused on 112's with my Buck budget new knives like this one look really good.
 
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cool that its out now, but price is all wrong to me. i was all over it, but for that kinda money I can do better. gonna pass unless price point comes down.

Yeah $186 is too much for this, maybe others will spend that on this but even at the $140 that I saw as the original price I was on the fence no way now, even with a 20% off coupon it's still over $140. I picked up a Buck talon for for way less than $186 that is a lot more knife and a big sheath 5160 steel and micarta handles. I liked the simple design and did not mind the liner being stainless vs titanium. I could pick up a full titanium S35v w/KVT for $188 USA made knife with same size blade from another MFR buying from the MFR. The onset does not compete in $180-$200 range with just a S45v blade and no titanium, drop back to the $140 and less with sales and coupons then competes better.
 
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