Buck Vantage Avid Folding Knives
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- Last updated: 21/01/2023
Buck Knives has launched a few folders with the Vantage designation over the years but as the company utilises new materials and develops new technology, they are being replaced by another model bearing the Vantage name. On test are the small and large versions of the Buck Vantage Avid. Obviously, they share a commonality of build, with only the blade length differing, but it’s a welcome return for a knife design that has proved itself highly versatile.
The new handles are interesting, as they are manufactured using injection moulded nylon with CNCcontoured DymaLux redwood side scales (the liners are made from steel for durability and safety). DymaLux is a natural wood material made with layers of dyed birch veneers that are laminated together and infused with resin. This makes it an excellent material for knife handle scales. As well as being cosmetically appealing, it is strong, durable, antifungal and moisture-resistant.
Both models have drop-point 420HC stainless steel blades with elongated thumbholes for one-handed opening. However, the blade also features what is known as a ‘flipper’ or spur on the rear of the blade’s spine. It can clearly be seen protruding from the top/forward section of the knife when in the closed position. If you use this to deploy the blade part way out, you hold the handle across the back with your thumb on one side and the middle finger, index and little finger on the opposite handle. Then, you can use the forefinger of your same hand to push down on it. This results in the blade travelling out from the handle. From here, you can then use the elongated thumbhole to fully deploy the blade, where a strong lock-liner mechanism holds it securely open. You can, of course, just use the elongated thumbhole for one-handed opening, as the flipper serves as a finger guard when open. This, combined with the ergonomic handle design, makes the Avid a very secure knife in the hold.
As for the knife dimensions, the small Avid weighs 2.3oz, measures 3.75” in the closed position and holds a 2.625” blade. The large model weighs 4oz, measures 4.375” in the closed position and holds a 3.25” blade. Both knives have a blade thickness of 0.120” and feature removable pocket clips.
Either size of the Buck Vantage Avid Knife is extremely well manufactured and affords the user an assured hold. This is combined with a very versatile knife blade. The handles are somewhat of a USP and overall, they handle superbly and are highly practical.