The Iconic Buck 110 Folding Hunter

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by TAH, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. bertl

    bertl Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    TAH, there was a lot of experimentation, and trial and error in the early years from roughly 1964-1974—1st Version: integral thin steel spacer and spring; 2nd Version: hard fiber spacer; 3rd Version: integral spacer; 4th Version: brass spacer; 5th Version: steel spacer.
     
  2. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    I wonder what they were thinking with the hard fiber spacer.
     
  3. bertl

    bertl Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    It wasn't very durable, but the second version had another problem—the spring was inserted into a hole drilled in the rocker and things tended to break.

    Bert
     
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  4. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    It would be interesting to know how long each spacer was used. Which is the rarest?
     
  5. bertl

    bertl Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    In addition to the change in spacers, another change for the early versions was for the blade and butt rivets. The very early knives had rivets that were visible on the left side only and were integral to the right side. That meant that for repairs there were two choices—carefully separating the two sides or drilling the rivets out and replacing with through rivets. Buck preferred drilling the rivets out since it was faster and cheaper. Several years ago, Leroy Remer told me he thought that after warranty work knives should go back to the owner without visible modification. He often took knives home and worked on them on his own time. By the time of the 2nd Version, 2nd Variation the blade rivet was a through rivet. However, it wasn't until the 3rd Version, 6th Variation (about 1968) that all of the butt rivets were through rivets.

    Bert
     
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  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
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    My life would not be the same without the 110, it got me used to the idea of my primary or even only knife carried being two hand opening.
    I'll always hold a special spot for the 110, and because I lusted after the 110 as a kid I have expectations for how they should look.
    Those slim pro abominations are not 110's, hate me if you want but I just don't see a 110 in them at all.
     
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  7. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
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  8. farm

    farm Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

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  9. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Mar 31, 2018
    This is the Buck knife that got me interested in Buck knives. I lost count on how many deer I’ve field dressed and processed with it. The Damascus blade I can get wicked sharp and it keeps it for a long time. It doesn’t get as much use now and I keep it mostly for sentimental reasons. It’s a great looking knife that I’m proud to own. CBD45B0D-0F42-41B1-A02A-E6417CDACD87.jpeg
     
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  10. soc_monki

    soc_monki

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    Apr 5, 2019
    Love my 110! Only thing I wish is if it had a pocket clip. I use the sheath but it gets in the way for me. Going to try my nylon sheath soon and see if it works better for me. Also picked up a 110 lt and it's great , just drop it in my pocket.

    Going to try out a slim select at some point. I'm wondering if I'll wish it was as thick as the standard 110.

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  11. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    110s are great knives. nice buckle there. i dig on that.

    the slims....."abomination" is a bit harsh of a word to me. unless you really feel that way about them? here in the deep south I'd say instead "I dont care for them." ;)

    I actually like them, very useful for those who want a 110'ish Buck folder in a more modern form. room for both and in the end if it drives Buck sales which is what they need to float the boat, it's a good thing.

    hate is also a strong word for simply nothing more than disagreeing.:)
     
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  12. GPyro

    GPyro Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 18, 2019
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    Not my favorite 110. That goes to my ebony.
    But this one is easy to like, lightweight aluminum frame with the pocket clip.
    I prefer these over the LT's. They are solid and still feel like something in your hand.

    Kudo's for JB's diplomatic way of saying things.:thumbsup:
    Cheers buddy!:)

    edit; In fact JB turned me onto this knife.:)
     
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  13. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    that is a great knife....have mine on me today......

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    thank you and back at ya, Sir.:)
     
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  14. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Agreed with both of you. In a world of pocket clip knives the addition of one and the slims I think we're a great move for Buck. It opened up an entirely new market. Most younger customers don't want a knife that has to be carried in a sheath. The auto 110 was a good move as well. Buck built over 1.5 million knives last year. I would imagine most were 110s. I am curious how many were slims and or pocket clipped 110s.
     
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  15. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Yea, well, that doesn't change the fact that I like your buckle too and that cool SAK bandana. :p
     
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  16. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I can't say I hate the knives themselves and if I carried modern folders a knife like these slims is the kind of knife I'd carry, but I just do see how they're in any way a110 folding hunter and it truly does annoy me that Buck didn't just give them a different model number.
     
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  17. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Thank you.
    The BTS Buckle belonged to my grandmother and is my absolute favorite.
    The handkerchief my dad recently found me while on vacation.
    When I got it I thought it's cool and I'll definitely use it , but too bad it's probably made in some sweatshop somewhere. Then I opened it and saw that it was actually made less than an hour from me in Chico CA, and that's a cool bonus.
     
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  18. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    If you're like me with those carpenter's jeans, you will be able to successfully carry the 110 in the thigh pocket. Otherwise, the nylon sheath will be very handy in its horizontal position.

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    Handy and unobtrusive. Not the best for Winter, though. Too many layers to get through. It's aluminum framed, so it just goes in a jacket pocket until it warms up here.

    And these sheaths are cheap at the local feed store.

    Zieg
     
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  19. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
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    I used to feel the same way. But thought if I was Buck I would use the 110 model as well. At least they use Slim and or Auto after in the name.
    I also was against the pocket clip. That's changed also.
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  20. soc_monki

    soc_monki

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    Apr 5, 2019
    I've carried in the thigh pocket before, works pretty well except if I have to sit in the floor or lie on the ground. Then it just falls out! Which is why I've been considering adding a pocket clip to mine. Just have to avoid the pins. Blasphemy maybe, and warranty voiding, but it's a 35 dollar knife and can easily be replaced.

    Now if it was a custom... I'd probably get a pocket slip. Might do that anyway thinking about it! Off to Google!
     
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