What do you Think of Buck knives ?

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I bought a new Buck Lightning I was wondering if any one else has one and what the think about it.
 
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I don't have that particular one. But, in general, I love Buck knives.

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I don't have any expieriece w/ the Lightning, I have a Vanguard that I really like. The Nighthawk is supposedly a very good piece as well.
 
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I own a Nighthawk, a 110 and a 112. The only 'user' has been the 112, so far. The others were just good deals I could not pass up.

FWIW, the 112 is very functional and I consider the quality good. I'd like to see some non-stainless steels used, but the stuff that they use is good.

I like the heft of the Nighthawk.

Mike
 
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I still have a 110 I got in '78- got it used & pretty well beaten up- but boy oh boy I love that knife- peeled lots of apples & sharpened lots of pencils & wore the back pockets out of many a pair of Levis... ah- memories...

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I like Buck, but I thought the Nighthawk sucked after using it. Bought one for $48 and I lost bout close to 2 in of tip trying to stab and break an old dresser. It was pretty pathetic, I was real dissapointed. Buck was my favorite company, but that Nighthawk incident really put me down on them. They're still a good company though...
 
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Tuff, send it back to them. You might be surprised what they'll do. A friend of mine FOUND a Buck 110, in a parking lot, that the tip was broken. He contacted the company, and even though he told them he wasn't the original owner, they traded it for a new one. Can't get any better than that. As always, of course, YMMV.

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I have several buck lightnings,and like them all,I hear the new black nitrid lightning will have ATS 34 as a blade steel.Buck makes some real good knives and is improving every year.Tuff send that Intrepid back to Buck.There new 182cf is also a good knife and a good buy.
Tony Paulos
 
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I got a Lightning for my wife, just about the same time I picked up a couple of other Bucks, a coincidence ?
Anyway, it's a sharp little tool and she likes it alot, it's red and black splatter sort of anodixed and very cute too. She told me to say that last bit
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been using bucks for many years and its been my #1 hunting knife for skinning, deboning, and gutting not in that order of course.
 
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I really think Buck has made some GREAT knives, over the years.
Yeah......some of the newcomers are offering some more upmarket stuff. But that doesn't make the older Buck stuff "crappy".
Really ......the worst Buck knife is still a decent knife if you look at the history of steel..
Gotta say I get a bit pissed by the people who think steel was invented in the 1990s !
Damn.....the world has survived on "basic" steels for a really long time.

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I have owned a few Buck knives and have found them all to be great working knives. One of the best is the little pocketlite (I think that's what it's called) and I've carried it on my keychain for a long time. It's really handy. I keep a BuckTool in my car for emergencies. It's a nice mult-tool -- one of the first with locking implements. Plus, I believe the owners really stand behind their product. I still like the standard 3-blade Stockman.
 
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I'm waiting for the arrival of my first-in-a-long-time Buck. Nothing wrong with the previous ones; just been out of the buying phase for a long while.

Buck makes great knives. Sometimes I wish they used 1095 on some of their models, but those who do use so-called 'better' steels ('stainless' or otherwise), don't stand behind their bladeware like Buck does theirs! Buy a Buck knife and use it. In most cases, it'll outlast you! And if it doesn't, they'll make it right, as soon as you tell them about it. Where I grew up (in the 'upper mid-west' of the USA), "Buck" was almost synonymous with "knife" in the civilian setting. "Hey! Let me borrow your Buck!" Whether or not the knife was truly a Buck, didn't matter. Everyone knew what "Buck" meant. Pretty much the same was true of "KaBar" and 'military' knives.

Buck must be doing something right. They've lasted this long and they'll last a lot longer! And, as I said before, they stand behind their product.

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I think their good and getting better every year. I bought a little one for my wife with sharkskin handles (at least that's what I was told). My father has a BuckLite that I gave him. No matter what other knives I have given him he always carries the Buck. One time while fishing he dropped it off the boat and jumped in after it. Good thing the water wasn't very deep!

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You can buy a 110 for less than $40 at Sports Authority (a large sporting-goods retailer), and a 112 for a couple less than that.

That is the absolute best deal, dollar for dollar, in knives that you can find today. And my personal carry is a Military in 440V.

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I've been using and abusing buck knives for close to twenty years, and I still like them just fine. The customer service is outstanding and they have gone way past above and beyond for me. Definitely a good buy.

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Outlaw - I would of sent it back, but I was so disgusted, I threw it out. Yeah, guess I should of though, can't do much now.
Someone found a Buck and got one back in trade? Wow, that's amazing...
See they're not too bad, guess it was just me who got a bad blade. It happens I guess...
 

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In general, they're sorta on the low end. BUT the ergos and "general feel" are very good for the price range, way better than average. The Crosslocks for example are usually very smooth and tight. They don't *tend* to put money into higher-end steels although they sometimes do ATS34 and there's been at least one BG42 piece.

If you're giving a "user grade knife" to a non-knife person for use or street defense you could do a LOT worse than Buck and seldom better. I've given two of them away (bought as gifts), one Nighthawk and one River Rafter Crosslock. BOTH had to be legitimately drawn in street confrontations by their respective owners, in both cases they had enough intimidation power that actual cutting wasn't needed.

Can you tell I live in a bad neighborhood?

Last point: Buck was KEY in getting a lot of the California knife laws cleaned up. They hired lobbyists, dealt with specific politicians, etc...and they did NOT do it in a way that "just benefitted Buck" the way Ruger is infamous for in gun laws. The result is that California knife laws are better than the rules in most other states; many have sane gun laws but totally crazy knife rules...California is now just the opposite, great knife laws and sucky gun laws.

BUCK DESERVES OUR SUPPORT.

Jim March
Webmaster, Equal Rights for CCW Home Page (California) http://www.ninehundred.com/~equalccw
 
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I have a Buck Vanguard made in 1994 with kind of a rubbery grip (it that what y'all call Kraton?). Low end or no end, for deer hunting I love this knife.

Probably has low-end steel, somebody probably has esoteric ergonomic complaints, but it's always in my pack when I go back country.

Buck 110 needs no comment. It has spoken for itself forever.

I don't care for the pocket knives. I prefer Old-Timer.

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