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year marks- good thing or not?

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by 110 Dave, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. 110 Dave

    110 Dave

    May 6, 2004
    well ... i some times sit and think .. most times i gets in trouble fer that
    but reading a thread i got to thinking on year marks and
    in short
    i hate them ....well maybe dont hate'em but dont like em very much
    buck 110's due to tight quality controls all look alike for many years now
    i mean .. is there any way to tell a 86 from a 2006 with out a year mark?
    if i took a pot full of 110s and mixed de darn parts could any one tell other then
    darn year marks what part was made when ?
    the marks used to mean some kind of change.. steel design ect
    now they mean nothing ...
    lota newbies seem to have year marks on the mind
    seems a year mark if used at all might be only used when some thing new happens
    so as to mark the first year of it and any there after no year marks at all
    as it wont mater then...

    so i was a wandering
    if any of you'al out there think like me that we could do wityh out year marks?
    or if some of ya are really stuck on haveing year marks!!
    tho i dont understand why .. so you might explain your answer if you got time
  2. puukkoman


    Sep 30, 2004
    I sort-of agree... when the stamps changed to indicate a design alteration, or a change in the build, they were more relevant. Otherwise, it's only useful for "Oh hey, this one is stamped 1988, which is cool because that's when I got my first car" or something.
  3. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    I was thinking........

    They should add month, day, hour and minute marks.

    That way we could tell if they really switch year marks at 0001 hours on 1 January each year.

    Somebody could start collecting New Year's Baby Bucks.
  4. DeSotoSky

    DeSotoSky Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    To help me convince the stupid seller his "left arrow" 110 isn't an antique?

    Seriously, as a collector I love year marks.... I like to think in terms of sets and year sets are a natural.

    I don't understand why they bother you, can't see as they do any harm. I think I read somewhere that Buck had reaped an unexpected boon with collector sales when they started year marks.
  5. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    I like year marks too. In fact, I'm annoyed when they are not present.
  6. Plumberdv


    Sep 26, 2008
    Count me in as in favor of the year marks. I like being able to pick up, say a 1998 Buck of somekind, and gift it to a certain little lady collector (also born in 1998) I know. I also love the Idaho stamp in particular.

    I don't see any downside to marking them with their "birth year".
  7. jb4570

    jb4570 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    I also like the year marks! It helps me to find them on the LE list faster;)
  8. 2TONYB


    Sep 21, 2005
    Yes to the year marks. It's nice to be able to look at a photo (ex. SPS, or the bay) and immediately have an age indicator.
  9. Doug S

    Doug S

    Feb 1, 2006
    Yep, I like them too. I like to know when my knives were made, instead of wondering, or having to post questions on forums asking for that information.
  10. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    Some of the marks get complicated by dots and......we can't even find out what they mean.


  11. Mitch W.

    Mitch W.

    Aug 11, 2010
    You mean like this?

  12. David Martin

    David Martin

    Apr 7, 2008
    Yes, I like them. I just wish they were of sound accuracy. DM
  13. sitflyer


    Mar 10, 2011
    I like taking parts from one year and putting them in knives of a different year! The knives don't seem to mind too much :D
  14. Mitch W.

    Mitch W.

    Aug 11, 2010
    What's strange is that Joe Houser can't even say with any certainty what the knots denote when present with a date stamp, except that they are rare.
  15. ItsTooEarly


    Oct 10, 2007
    I like year marks... It's like collecting coins... If they didn't have a new year mark every year, why collect them... ITE
  16. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    It's extra strange when you consider that people put the dots there for a reason--to denote some design change or special feature of the blade.

    Huh? You slap a unique symbol on something to remind you of something important about something and then forget to record what that symbol meant?

    That's Buck Inc. Flying by the seat of their pants and not taking notes.

  17. sitflyer


    Mar 10, 2011
    Didn't Joe say in a post back aways something about data that was lost with a computer change?
  18. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    I don't recall seeing that, but it's likely that it could account for some of the confusion.

    Not all, though......not by a long shot.

  19. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009
    Yes, that too!!

  20. BG42EDGE

    BG42EDGE Banned BANNED

    Nov 6, 2009

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