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Recommendation? Which Buck 110?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Fixall, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    My Great Grandfather carried a Buck 110 for almost 25 years. It was in the pocket of his USMC dress blues the day he was buried. He loved that knife. It was also one of the very first knives I ever lusted over (the first being a hollow handled, “Rambo” Bowie knife of course).

    I’m getting a Buck 110. No question.

    Now the part where YOU come in. Which Buck 110 should I get?! It’s not a knife I would likely carry very often so I would only like to purchase one. I would also like to eventually pass it down as an heirloom in the (hopefully) distant future.

    As long as it’s under $150, I am indifferent when it comes to the price.

    So far in deciding between;

    DLT Trading Exclusive - S35VN, Green Canvas Micarta, Stainless Bolster, Pewter Inlay.

    DLT Trading Exclusive - S35VN, Black Linen Micarta, Nickel-Silver Bolster, Pewter Inlay.

    Buck 110 Hunter Pro - S30V, Black G10, Nickel-Silver Bolster.

    Buck 110 Ultimate Hunter - S30V, Rosewood, Nickel-Silver Bolster, Pewter Inlay.

    Buck Custom Knife Shop 110 - S30V, Ironwood, Brass Bolster.

    So what do you all think!?

    *Updated with pictures of the BEAUTIFUL Buck 110 oak and 5160 I decided to go with (more about that further in the thread) per the recommendation of @W.M.B.. I'll be sure to post some better pics when I am able to put the 110 to use! Thanks again everyone! <3

    Last edited: Jul 24, 2018
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  2. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I'm not a Buck 110 guy, but I do like S30V and ironwood is beautiful. So that one gets my vote.
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  3. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Why not get the (I am assuming) “plain Jane” version that your grandad carried to set aside? Then, I would get one of the ones above that you like the best and carry it! I personally like the spear point 5160 carbon steel version that are around the most, you might want to look those up too.
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  4. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    I'd go with this:

    "Buck Custom Knife Shop 110 - S30V, Ironwood, Brass Bolster."

    However if you are asking my preferences I'd get nickel silver bolsters instead of brass. Other than that it's set. Nothing wrong with brass, I like all NS better on any knife.
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  5. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    First of all a big Semper Fi to your Great Grandfather. I’m with Ernie on this one, a plain Jane works for me since the heirloom is made by stories of its use, who carried it and who it gets passed down to. But since you have a list, I’d probably go for the Ironwood and brass.
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  6. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018

    I actually meant to list the standard Buck 110 in my original post as one of the choices and forgot! I think his was a 440C and not a 440HC though.

    Personally, I prefer the look of the nickel-silver bolsters too. The only reason I was thinking of going with brass is for the classic look and so it would look a bit more like what my Great Grandfather carried.

    Thanks! He was a hell of a man and I’m thankful I was lucky enough to have had so much time with him. He worked for the NRO after the Navy and Marines. The stuff he must have seen in his lifetime...

    Very good point about the stories and use making the knife an heirloom! I typically carry knives with blades that are 3” or under, but it looks like I’ll have to a find some reasons to get some carry time in with the 110!

    Right now I’m leaning towards and standard 110 or the Ironwood custom.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
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  7. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    If you want a 3” blade with the feel of a 110 take a look at the 112.
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  8. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    The first knife I ever owned and carried on a regular basis was the Buck 110. I was 16 yrs old when I bought it and carried it for about 10 years daily. Life was not kind to it (read - I foolishly abused it in every way). And yet even now it locks solid as a vault door with zero play. fullsizeoutput_4bb.jpeg fullsizeoutput_4ba.jpeg fullsizeoutput_4bd.jpeg fullsizeoutput_4b9.jpeg
    That was 45 years ago.
  9. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    My vote would be the standard (which I believe has 420HC steel), or the ironwood custom. I plan to get one myself. On my long list of "knives to acquire".
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  10. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    Haha, don’t get me started again. I’ve been going back and forth between the 110 and the 112 for the last three months or so. I finally decided on the 110 since it’s more of a collector piece for me and won’t be carried a ton (so size and weight won’t matter)... And because to me, the 110 just feels like more of an homage to my Great Grandpa.

    I absolutely love this, thank you for sharing!
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2018
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  11. W.M.B.


    Oct 11, 2013
    Ive been lusting over a 110 or 112 in 5160 with oak scales. I would have bought one if I could find one with the lock bar pin exposed. I know it wasn't on your list, but thought maybe you might like another option to consider.......altough that usually doesn't make the decision easier, i suppose. I have owned a 112 (lost it sadly) and a 110 (still going strong after a lot of use). both were the plain, inexpensive, available at your local sporting goods or big box store versions. I can say Ive never handled a 110 or 112 that wasn't a fantastic knife. heavy maybe, but a great knife. can't go wrong.
  12. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Get the standard 110, it will be the most like what your grandfather carried.

  13. OLd_gUY

    OLd_gUY Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    I suggest getting the standard 110. Then the recipients will be able to pass on one like Great G-Pa had.
    You might consider getting the family name tastefully engraved on the blade.
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  14. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    I would get 2, a standard for day to day use, they are inexpensive and well made knives. Then I would get one from Bucks Custom Shop, they do a very nice job on their custom knives and it does not take that long, I think it took 6 weeks for this rams horn a few years ago.

  15. JD Bear

    JD Bear Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    You really can't beat the custom shop. They do fantastic work and everything comes out beautifully for a good price. I love natural materials more than anything...but since I got the 110 pro I've had it on me everyday.

    All the ones you've mentioned are pretty reasonably priced so maybe down the road you can get another if you like the first one. It's great to hear some 110 love :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  16. 3-1-1

    3-1-1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    I recommend the aluminum framed ones available from Copper and Clad. I have this one in S30v drop point.
    Shedding those few ounces makes a big difference in my willingness to pocket carry.
  17. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Black G10 and NS would be snazzy.
    Not a recommendation, as I'm not clear on your concept.
  18. Old Hunter

    Old Hunter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    You could hit the used market for a 440C version just like your Granddad owned (they come up for sale in the Buck Sub-Forum classifieds regularly). Of the new ones you list I only own the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Pro (S30V) - I own a lot of Buck 110 Folding Hunters and this is the finest working Buck 110 I own - with G10 handles and brushed nickel bolsters it is a purely utilitarian knife - but of extreme quality. A picture of the standard 110 from 1988 back to 1968 - all pretty easily found for sale used and a picture of the Pro variation. OH
    Ps I carry one daily for woods and hunting purposes - stays on the belt for 10 to 12 hours in it's sheath - it is not even noticeable.
  19. Bugdoc

    Bugdoc Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 29, 2016
    Interesting choices you have listed. I was thinking a used 440c but OH beat me to it. Although, my limited experience with 420HC has been favorable and might beat 440c in a EDC ie good balance between edge retention and sharpenability IMO. Either way, brass and wood is the way I'd go given the mission you've outlined.

    Good luck!
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  20. quaboag

    quaboag Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2016
    If you wanna go with a classic 110 try to find a nice three dot version. They have 440c Bos heat treated; heard they have pivot bushings too. Best part is their thickness which reached a maximum on this variation; nice feel in the hand.
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