Buck Knives began in Kansas in the early 1900’s. A blacksmith’s apprentice, Hoyt H. Buck, was trying to find a better way to temper steel to improve its ability to hold an edge. His testing led to the first Buck Knife ever produced in 1902. Today, the company is well-known for producing high-quality folding and fixed blade knives. These knives are known for having a timeless and classic design, while still being very effective and useful knives. It was the introduction of the Buck Model 110 Folding Hunter in 1964 that further propelled this company, and this knife went on to became a classic. Today, this knife is almost as popular as it was when it was first released and it is our privilege to review this classic lockback knife.
Overall length: 8.75 in (22.2 cm)
Closed length: 4.88 in (12.4 cm)
Blade length: 3.75 in (9.5 cm)
Blade material: 420HC stainless steel
Weight: 7.2 oz (204.1 grams)
Approx Price: under $50
My Impressions and Review
The first thing that you notice when you set your eyes on this knife is a classic and elegant design. The dark wood handle features quality brass bolsters, which are a nice addition. The dark wood compliments the sleek blade and it has the appearance of being a tough and rugged knife that can handle anything.
This knife is not what I would consider to be lightweight. In fact, it’s actually quite heavy and you will certainly be aware that you are carrying it. The knife comes with a leather sheath and it is not designed for a pocket clip. I would not recommend this to someone looking for an EDC knife. The added bulk does add a solid and sturdy feeling while you’re using it, and this was a nice feeling.
The Buck 110 features a semi-hollow ground blade with a clip point shape. This blade is made from 420HC stainless steel and the high carbon content of this knife steel does improve corrosion resistance of this blade. The special heat treatment that Buck uses on this blade is really the number one reason why it performs so well. It is very suitable for hunting and skinning and this was the reason that the knife was created in the first place. The main drawback of this blade is that it is not as sharp out of the box as some of the modern folding knives that utilize higher quality steel.
The handle is made of Macassar Ebony wood and the edges have all been smoothed so it is comfortable to hold. This wood is extremely rare and there is a good chance that Buck will have to switch to a different wood in the future. The knife feels very solid in the hand and the extra weight is actually a good thing while you are using it.
The locking mechanism of this knife is a rear lockback design and Buck were one of the first companies to produce this type of mechanism. There are some complaints regarding this mechanism because it doesn’t hold up to the more modern designs, but testing has shown that this system is still one of the best locking mechanisms available.
When reviewing or using a knife like this it is important to remember that it is a classic. This knife has remained popular for so long because it performs in the field and you can rely on it to perform every time. Of course, some of the more modern knives have probably overtaken the Buck 110 Folding Hunter, but you can’t put a price on 50 years of quality service!
This knife can be purchased for less than $50, which really makes it a bargain. In our opinion this knife would suit a collector or enthusiast, but it would also be a very capable knife for outdoor use for someone on a budget.
Conclusion and Rating
The Good: Classic and elegant design. Very sturdy and solid. Inexpensive.
The Bad: Weight – this is not an EDC. The blade does not hold an edge as long as some of the more modern knives and you will need to maintain it to keep it sharp.
Wrap up: This is a classic knife that everyone should have in their collection. It is a quality knife that will last you a lifetime.