The Good Ole Buck 110 and it's successors


Feb 17, 1999
How many folks here have reverted back to carrying the good old Buck 110 or one of it's many clones? I find that after trying dozens of lighter, higher tech, trendier knives that I'm inexplicably drawn back to my 25 year old Buck 110 and others much like it. In fact, recently when I was pondering getting either an Axis or a Pinacle (or both) I kept going back to the Buck page and trying to decide between the BG42 Master Series 110M and the titanium nitrate coated 110Z5 and 110Z4.

A couple years after a breakin that cost me many good knives, one of the ones that I miss the most is still the Puma General. It was a slimmer version of the Buck that fit rather nicely in my back pocket.

As I mentioned in another thread, one recent aquisition is the most excellent damascus and stag Bear MGC version of the famous folding hunter. I recomend it highly and will be giving up a review of it sometime in the next week or so.

If anybody has any thoughts on Buck 110M vs 110Z, I'd love to hear them.

If it was legal to carry an auto here, I think I know which one I'd simply have to have. ;-)

I had a thread a few weeks ago called "Your first 'good' knife".
It seems about half of the forum started out with a Buck 110.
I, myself, am even more fond of the Buck 112 (Ranger).
It just fits my hand perfectly.

"Good judgement comes from experience,
and most of that comes from bad judgement."

My favorite retro folder is my Lakota ProHawk.
Style is a bit unusual and it is a bit heavy for ordinary pocket carry but the belt pouch that came with it is excellent.
Like my 110, it is a knife I always feel confident with when undertaking heavier tasks.
As I have said before, I am finding myself more and more drawn to the
"traditional" knives as I get older. I have parted with most of my "tacticals" recently and it hasn't been all that painful.
It is good to see manufacturers who continue the older designs upgrading materials of late.
The BG42 110 is a knife I am going to have to get one day. And my recently acquired AG Russell Arkansas Toothpick folder in ATS34 is definitely a move in the right direction.

Brian W E
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If I am a figment of your imagination.....please stop it, NOW.

I was writing about this earlier today but it merits repeating here....the 110 series is a great knife. I like the older traditional knives like you were mentioning MPS. I have 3 110's, a traditional, the 110 in Masters Series and the 110 NE that I bought just recently from the Bald1(Great knife, Bob! Thanks). The 110 in the Masters series is just fantastic. It is an incredibly well built knife and it's beautiful....period. And as pretty as it is, it just screams, "Use me!" I took it with me on a hike this morning. The cost of the knife is well worth the $70 or so it cost to find it on the net.

I also have the Puma General and it's another excellent lockback. Just recently I came across the mother of all deals, I got a stag handle Puma Emperor with a 4.5" clip point, something I thought I would never find.

No matter what's on the market, I probably will always be drawn back to those traditional lock backs.

We don't read about too many problems about these knives, do we?


Reposted from Axis thread:

Kodiak got me thinking about my Buck 110 again. I had forgotten what simple pleasures are.

I hadn't had a 110 in over 15 years, so when Savman put a NIB up for sale a few weeks ago, I bought it.

The feeling of holding one in your hand is a little difficult to convey to someone who has never held one. The 110 has a heavy, solid feel, a blade that locks up with a loud pleasing thunk.

Its a product of the 60's. No, it doesn't have hi tech scales or the latest steel or the fanciest lock. Its made with wood
and brass!

But it'll hold its own against most of today's designs just as a '66 Corvette will outrun most of today's wundercars.

Maybe it just makes us feel good about a time when cars had carburetors and the only chips we had were made of potatoes :)

Dan...feeling a little nostalgic
The 110 is a great knife,I somtimes put all my one-handers aside and carry the buck.I bought a magazine pouch made of leather with a spring clip on it at a gun show and the 110 fits in it perfectly.This way I don't have to wear a belt,you can also clip it on the inside of your pants so it isn't so noticeable.Carried this way you forget about the weight and bulk of the 110 and it is held safely with in the pouch.
In my opinion, the Buck 110 is the ultimate factory folder. Its sturdy and can take abuse to no end. It takes a great edge and keeps it for a long time. As a police officer, I carry it on my belt at work in a Magazine pouch as an earlier poster suggested. That is one knife that I will always hold on too and may even buy another just to have a spare in my hunting gear.
When I'm feeling a little off-balance by my multi-tool I'll carry my Buck 110 across from it in its pouch sheath.

I can't say I have reverted to carrying a Buck 110. I find it too heavy to carry in my pockets. It is an O.K. carry knife in the sheath that usually come with it.

On a positive note many modern designs need to look at the Buck lock work. It is extremely strong. I have not had it close on me or been able to make it close with reasonable force (I did not try unreasonble force).

Sorry if everyone is scratching their heads over this one. It occured to me on the way home that I had the wrong name for this knife----it is the Game Warden.

I saw my first 110 at a poker game back around 1968. I just had to have one. As I remember the going price was $16. I was in school in Pennsylvania at the time and that was a lot of money. Anyway, my buddy and me ended up in a K-mart that did not sell Buck. But they had a similar knife for $18 with no sheath. I almost said no but just like now I wanted a knife. So I bought that Puma Game Warden. Wish I bought a dozen at that price. It is slightly longer than the 110 but only about half as thick. I pocket carried that baby for years and used the hell out of it when I was in the packing and moving business. I've got the Buck, I've got the Lakota, I've got dozens of Pumas and their Kershaw copies I've got Condors and Blackjacks and Berretas but I still like that Game Warden and to think I almost didn't buy it.


[This message has been edited by phantom4 (edited 01 March 1999).]
The Buck is a true classic and the original benchmark. Buck started the belt folder symdrome with the 110 back in 1963. This knife can be found from west to east coast and is the hardest working blade on the planet. It has built America and has cut more wires, rope, big and small game than any other single working blade. For $35 at Wally World, you too can have this truely timeless classic. Its simple design still looks good too! The latest super steels out cut it, but they cost two to three times as much, and do not cut three time more.

On a side note: About 20 plus years ago, a knife scribe (well qualified to make this observation) was rumenating about all the Viet Nam commenmoratives being made. He simply stated that the only knife company not making a commemorative was the only company that was truly entitled to do so. He bolstered his argument with the observation that most every GI had a 110 on their belt, and many had bought 119 Specials and later 120 Generals as replacements for Ka-Bars. The 110 was everywhere. Still I'll bet 110 can be found on the belts of most GI's and a vast majority of Law Enforcement too.

By any chance, do and of you know if Bo and Luke Duke from "Dukes of Hazzard" carried Buck 110s?
I bought my last 110 back in 92 while I was stationed in Spain. Promptly sent off for a "One Armed Bandit". You know, one of those little machine screw things that you torque onto the spine of the blade so you can open it one handed. Pretty soon, I whipped out the file set and cut the handle down to allow faster and easier access to the screw. Worked like a dream and looked pretty good too! Got a lot of questions on where I got the custom Buck knife. I still have it and everyso often, I put it in the off side of my jacket to counterbalance the mags on the left side. Couldn't get to it fast if I needed to, but it still raises some eyebrows when I pull it out. I think every knife lover has one laying around somewhere.

I cut it, and I cut it, and it's STILL too short!