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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
Established in 1902, American company Buck Knives have possibly become one of the most popular ‘blade’ manufacturers in the world. With a massive portfolio I have chosen three separate products all linked by the fact they are all folding, locking hunters.
The Bucklite Max range includes four models including two folders and their fixed blade counterparts. Featured here is the large folder. Measuring 5” closed and weighing 3.1oz it holds a 3 5/8” 420HC stainless steel clip point blade with dual thumbstuds for easy one-handed operation. The Glass- reinforced nylon handle is slim in profile and textured for a non-slip grip. A finger choil adds extra security and the overall shape offers maximum ergonomics and comfort. There’s a lanyard hole, stainless steel belt/ pocket clip at the rear and a rear positioned lock back mechanism for solidly securing the blade when deployed. Overall this a very useful, practically designed and lightweight mid-size folder.
The Buck Vantage Select range only consists of a large and small folder. Both use lock liner mechanisms with the former here featured measuring 4.5” in the closed and weighing 4.8oz. The 3.25” 420HC stainless steel drop point blade has an elongated thumbhole for one-handed operation and the glass-reinforced nylon handle features a stainless steel reversible pocket clip. The handle is more substantial than the Bucklite but is nicely contoured to afford a sure hold.
The blade has a finger guard integral in the build so cleverly comes into play when deployed. The Vantage models use a quite unique design of blade for safety and the practical slim handle – though looking basic offers a sure hold.
The Omni range of knives is possibly the most extensive with the choice of two sizes of fixed blade and three of folders including the Omni Hunter ‘10PT Realtree Xtra Green® model here featured. Measuring 4 5/8” closed and weighing 4.6oz the chunky looking handle holds a 3.25” 420HC stainless steel drop point blade. Although dual thumbstuds are included for ease of opening. It’s the most substantial being deep set with a solid lock back mechanism positioned approximately midway along the back of the handle.
Manufactured using Alcryn rubber the handle has a non-slip textured feel and you only fully appreciate the overall ergonomic yet very practical design when the knife is open. The handle design is such that it curves inwards providing a comfortable ‘shape’ for your hand to hold. Integral in the build is a finger choil with side ridging along the inner section plus an elongated lanyard hole at the rear. The rear of the blade is jimped to give thumb support should you need to put extra pressure into a task. The Hunter is supplied with a heavy-duty camo nylon sheath. The Omni series’ overall design elevates them to another level because in use the handle and blade work in perfect harmony.
PRICES: £32.95, £39.95 and £59.95 respectively
CONTACT: Whitby and Co, 01539721032 (nearest stockists) www.whitbyandco.co.uk
FOR: Build quality, well balanced, practical ‘non- slip’ handle designs, strength with a high level of edge retention
AGAINST: Not a lot
VERDICT: Buck has a knife to suit all requirements as these three folders illustrate
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