Best Buck Pocket Knives and Fixed Blades of 2019 Available at

Best Buck Pocket Knives and Fixed Blades of 2019 Available at

Hey, everyone. David C. Andersen here coming at you from
the KnifeCenter, and today we’re taking a look at the best Buck Knives that you can
get in 2019. Let’s check em out. Now, Buck Knives is one of the most recognizable
names in the knife industry. Even outside of knife enthusiast circles and
throughout the world. But for such a widely-known company, they
still have plenty of products that us knife nuts can get excited about. From their classic models that are full of
heritage, to their fully modern designs using all the latest and best materials, these are
the best Buck pocket knives and fixed blades you can get your hands on in 2019. And even better: they’re all made right
here in the USA. The first, without a doubt, is the Buck 110
folding hunter. Now, this was a game changer when it was introduced
in 1963, and they’ve kept it relevant through the years, all the way up through today. It’s certainly one of the most iconic folding
knives ever created, and much like Kleenex or Xerox, any knife that’s roughly this
shape can oftentimes be referred to as a buck knife, even if Buck didn’t actually make
it. This version right here is the modern iteration
of their classic 110. It has brass bolsters and some nice wood inlays. Now, in a recent switch, Buck has actually
started to partner with Taylor Guitars to get the material for these inlays. Taylor uses ebony for their fretboards on
their acoustic guitars, which requires fairly large pieces that have no imperfections. From the sections of wood that are left over
after Taylor uses them, Buck will take the good wood that’s left and use them in these
modern iterations of the 110, and the smaller 112 Ranger for that matter. For a while, they were using laminated wood
products here, but this is a return to form; more classic like the original now that they’re
using that wood again. The steel on the blade is 420HC, which they
heat treat with a process that was developed by Paul Boss. Because of this, Buck is widely regarded as
being able to get more performance out of this steel than anyone else out there, and
despite most connotations with 420HC, these are a lot better performers than you might
expect. The blade itself has a clip point profile
with a classic American hunting knife shape. We have a deep clip and plenty of belly, which
is perfect for skinning, which is why this model is called the Folding Hunter. Nowadays, this classic iteration is just the
start of the 110 range. We’ve got variants featuring upgraded materials,
as well as more affordable versions, too. This version here is the 110 Pro. It features G10 inlays and S30V steel. You get the same great profile as the original,
but with more traction and better edge retention. On the other end of the spectrum, we have
the 110 LT, which, instead of the classic handles, opts for a synthetic handle with
no bolsters. It gets you lighter weight, and makes it more
affordable, too, which makes it a good hard worker. It should be noted that this version of the
knife also comes with a stonewashed finish on the blade, which is gonna help your scratches,
as you use the knife, kind of blend in and hide a little bit more, which is great on
this knife that you’re really gonna want to work. They’ve even got automatic versions of the
110 and the 112 Ranger, and these were an instant hit as soon as they were released. We’ve got a nice shield here on the front,
which acts as the push button deployment, pops that blade right out and then it still
locks up with that classic lock back. In addition to the classic looking configuration,
there are also pro versions of the automatic that have the G10 and S30V blades, just like
this manual one. We’re still not done talking about the 110,
however, because they’ve continued to upgrade it, even beyond these models. While all of these versions are a little bit
thicker and come with belt sheaths, either leather or nylon, depending on which version,
the new 110 Slim versions are now available with a pocket clip, thumb studs, and either
GFN handles, or micarta or G10 with S30V blades. These are a fantastic modern update that was
only recently introduced about a year ago, and they really bring these knives in line
with the way a lot of us carry our knives today. It’s very easy to stash in the pocket, carries
nice and thin, it’s lighter weight than those old school models, and they open very
easily thanks to those thumb studs. They’ve also gone and changed the profile
of the blade ever so slightly. Now it features a straight clip on these slim
versions rather than the fully scooped out version. Now, the 110 slims are not the only way that
Buck have evolved with the times over the years, and we’ll talk about a couple of
models, and the first is the Vantage series. This is an ambidextrous flipper design with
nice graceful lines and a liner lock for security. And the handles feel really nice in the hand. They’ve got some nice contouring to them,
and they feel great, whether you choose the large or the small version. Like many Buck products, we get a range of
materials as well. We get Select versions with 420HC steel with
a solid synthetic handle. This one here happens to be the small version
of the knife. And we also get pro versions that feature
S30V steel for even more edge retention, and synthetic handles with G10 inlays. The Vantage line also comes in an intermediate
level called Avid, and it has rosewood inlays along with 420HC steel. In addition to that, we’ve even got Vantage
Force models, which are their tactical versions with a slightly different blade shape. Here with the standard Vantage Pro, you can
see we have a drop-point blade, still a great blade shape for hunting, but it’s an even
better all around shape for EDC. These knives are hollow ground like just about
every Buck Knife out there, and it also has one of the best deep carry pocket clip designs
on the market. It’s easily reversible, and because it mounts
from the back of the knife, it truly buries the knife nice and deep in your pocket when
you’re carrying it. The next model that’s allowed Buck to keep
moving the ball forward are these Sprint folders. Now, these feature Buck’s first use of ball
bearing pivots in a folding knife design. Now, the action on these is very smooth, but
it’s a little bit different than a lot of flipper manufacturers out there. They do require a little bit more of a backwards
pull, as well as a little bit of a breaking in period, because they don’t fit it with
an overly strong detent. However, the result is very smooth and satisfying,
especially once you get used to the way they operate. Now, these Select versions of the Sprint feature
glass reinforced nylon handles, either in they gray you see here, or in black or green. Now, Buck has recently invested heavily into
creating cerakote capabilities in their facilities, and you’re gonna see that a lot on more
of their modern designs. Since they control it all in house, they can
cerakote strategic places of knives, such as in the backspacer on these Sprints for
a nice pop of color. Now, these Select versions also feature stonewashed
420HC blades, and overall the whole knife is a very good size for everyday carry. It’s easy to take with you, and still has
enough blade to get a lot of stuff done. Upping the style and the materials are the
Sprint Pro versions. The first swap we get is S30V blade steel,
but that’s just the start. They are satin finished instead of stonewash,
but we also see some really nice file work here on the spine. Makes a really good place to choke up with
your thumb instead of using traditional jimping. It still works well, but looks even better. Now, as far as handle options go, there is
a version with burlap micarta, as well as this one here that comes with marbled carbon
fiber, again with some fantastic cerakoted accents: the clip, the backspacer, and the
pivot hardware. In addition to that, there’s even a tactical
option with the Sprint Ops. It features a cerakoted blade with a dropped
tip, blacked out hardware and black and blue G10. Of course, Buck is known for more than just
their folding knives. They have a number of classic and modern fixed
blades in their lineup, and the first is the 119 Special. You can kind of think of the 119 as the bigger
fixed blade brother to the 110 folder. We get a 420HC blade with a long clip point
profile. There’s versions with a phenolic handle
and silver bolsters and pommel, or this version here with cocobolo dymondwood and brass hardware. Thanks to the shape and the width of this
handle, it provides a solid grip, and these materials here especially give us a timeless
look. And that makes sense, because this is a classic
large hunting knife that goes back to the very early years at Buck Knives. The design even predates the 110 Folding Hunter. Now, it’s perfect for camping and big game
hunting and skinning, and it can even cross over to tactical roles thanks to the aggressive
blade profile and the prominent finger guard. But for something that’s purely tactical
from the outset, Buck has the Nighthawk series. Now, there are a few different sizes of clip
point blades that are available, but this 7.5” drop point model creates the biggest
impression. The blade is 420HC with a non reflective sniper
gray cerakote finish. It offers plenty of reach for combat situations,
and at nearly a quarter inch thick, it has plenty of brute strength to back you up. Now, a word about the cerakote on their blades,
the finish is nice and smooth. This is not some cakes on powder coating that
you see with some of their competitors. Now, the cerakote protects the blade very
well, it also increases the corrosion resistance of the steel, and it manages to do it all
without reducing the cutting efficiency in the process. Now, these blades are rockstars, but the handles
are really the headliners with this model. Ergonomically the design is very strong. Despite the finger grooves, they still manage
to fit a variety of hand sizes quite well. That’s a really hard feat to pull off, because
normally aggressive finger grooves can really limit the hand or finger sizes, but that is
not the case here. You can also see we have some nice swelling
from the top as well that really helps it lock into your hand. In addition to that, we’ve got some grippy
rubberized inserts in this gray color here that really make it almost impossible to lose
your hold on this knife. The final detail that I really appreciate
is this fantastic thumb pad for control and tactical grips. The wide surface area makes this very comfortable,
more so than typical thumb ramps that you’ll see on the spines of many blades these days. In addition to hunters and fighters, Buck
also has the Compadre series, built from the ground up to cater to hardcore campers and
survivalists with a more rugged aesthetic. The series consists of a hatchet, a chopping
froe, and this capable camp knife fixed blade. You can tell from the get go that these are
designed to serve those that need a rugged, no-excuses tool. The natural canvas micarta handles have a
matte finish that provides a good amount of grip, and it’s actually enhanced further
when it gets wet. Because of the material, that canvas feels
slightly tackier until it dries out again. The blade itself features a cobalt cerakote
finish, a straight clip point profile, and it’s hollow ground from 52100 steel. This spring steel is non stainless, and it’s
renown for its toughness and shock absorption properties. This is a steel that can withstand a wide
range of abuses. The cerakote plays a very important role here. In addition to being that durable coating
on the steel, it’s going to help prevent corrosion, as I mentioned earlier. And that’s about one of the only drawbacks
to 52100; it is known to rust very easily, but that’s negated in this case thanks to
the coating. All you have to worry about is the very edge
itself. Because of the design of this knife, I find
it to be a very easy recommendation for anyone who’s venturing into the outdoors. It’s gonna work great as a survival knife,
work well at camp, even bushcraft. And because the Buck heritage and DNA that’s
still baked into this knife, it’s even going to perform well in a hunting or skinning role. So here’s where you all chime in. What did you think of our best Buck Knives? Did we leave anything out? Be sure to let us know your favorite Buck
Knife in the comments. In the meantime, to get your hands on any
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is getting free money to spend on your next one. I’m David C. Andersen from the KnifeCenter,
signing off. See you next time.

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  1. You forgot the Marksman..probably because you're sold out of them, lol..I also love the 120 General. I didn't realize the Compadre was made with 52100..I really like that steel..tough as hell, takes a scary sharp edge, and holds it well. I may just have to pick one up!

  2. I have a 1966 Buck 110. My father carried it for many years after he was given it by a USAF Major stationed in England. My father was a removals truck driver and he packed the Majors stuff to be shipped Stateside. He had recently lost his son, a pilot in Vietnam and the knife belonged to his son. The Major and my father really hit it off, my dad was ex military too. The Major have the Buck to my father as a thank you gift. He carried it until 1990 I think then gave it to me. I'm 60 now and my dad is 88 and he still asks if I'm taking care of his Buck. I am.

  3. I used to have a vantage, 3 over 2 years in fact, select had horrible action out of the box and I had to put nano-oil 5 weight to get any decent action, Cabela's version was slightly better but the lockup was really bad, and then I got the normal pro version, which was meh, disappointing for what it costs.

  4. I own a couple of the knives in the video and would be proud to own any or all of them. Love Buck knives. Nice job on this video guys.

  5. I thought the Marksman would have gotten a shout, anyway the dagger style Nighthawk is a gorgeous beast, the Padre is a useful looking blade that will do lots.

  6. You left out the series that I love the most…the Buck 112 Pro lightweights, with either micarta or G10 scales and S30v blades heat treated by Bos. Mine has no thumb studs, but has a nail nick…keeping with very clean lines, but I did remove that UGLY pocket clip…you would think Buck received enough negative feedback on that monstrosity. I call mine my affordable Lanny's clip, lightweight and very pocketable.
    ( I am not a fan of the FRN models, but I guess the price is right if you want a Buck knife for $30, & you get the 420 HC steel instead of S30v )

  7. Love my buck 110. I'd like to see a video on the new buck fixed blade the frontiersman. Really enjoy your guys videos! Keep up the great work!

  8. Actually, Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars has stated that he perfers ebony wood with imperfections for the freightboards of Taylor guitars, they add character to the guitar. I own one with a few streaks of none black ebony in the wood and it is wonderful and sounds the same. BUT, now I definitely need a ebony 110

  9. Cool video thanks for sharing. I always carted the Buck 112 Ranger as a kid into teen years to my twentys and thirty and forty and still at the age of 61. I have more Buck knives then I care to count. Most of them are still in the pack from the store. But I never seen the Automatic Buck before. I like it. Also do you carry the Buck Sheves that attach to the belt long ways? I hope you have a blessed week.

  10. Finally a video on Real knives that are worth having . I've carried all kinds of knives but always had and have A 110 folding hunter . I carry my 110 everyday and use it every day for almost everything .

  11. The only thing I think Buck needs to do is make more 3.75 and 4 inch folders. Not many of there modern knives are the size of the 110.

  12. Bucks blades are simply stamped blades if your interested in a good knife have someone forge ya a high carbon steel knife itll stay sharp a lot longer and last ya forever

  13. I just realized there's also a new Buck 119 with s30 v and micarta scales too! I've been waiting on that for a long while, unfortunately it's not available at knife center [yet?]

  14. Buck 110 was my second knife after my Boy scout knifet 45 years ago. So I love Buck for nostalgic reasons but for the money you can get better knives today.

  15. I've carried a Buck 110 for a long time and have my Grandfathers 110 and 110 LT along with my own. I'm very interested in One Hand Opener models but just not sure on the new Slim Pro design as I feel it might lack the rigidity of the 110 series without the brass lining. Im currently working on adding ambi-thumbstuds and deep carry brass pocket clip to my 2016 110 because of the uncertainty.

  16. Can you tell me please why the info on the the box the knife comes in says that using thus knife causes cancer, thanks

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