Buck Ranger Sport, Ranger Slim Pro TRX & Folding Hunter Slim Pro TRX
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- Last updated: 18/12/2022
The Buck Ranger and Hunter series of knives are quite extensive, This is due to the popularity of the blade’s one-handed, easyopening practicality, coupled with the choice of handles now offered. Recently, both models, plus the Sport model, have had revamps and modifications. I’m featuring three models that will be of great interest to many hunters and outdoorsmen.
All three knives share a commonality of build, which is the attractive dual-black thumb stud design for easy one-handed opening, plus they have strong lock-back mechanisms for total security in use. They all feature stainless steel removable pocket clips that are coated with Cerakote Armor Black and they come in nylon sleeves with toggle fastening. Don’t forget the presentation cases, which are warranted as the knives aren’t cheap, so will be highly attractive to collectors.
Measuring 4.25” in the closed position and weighing in at 3.9oz, the Buck Ranger Sport holds a 3” S30V stainless steel clip-point blade. However, I’m sure some will feel that it’s more of a modified clippoint, as it leans towards a spearpoint in appearance. Despite its robust build, it’s actually quite light in weight and the durable construction is aided via a bolt assembly with Torx screws utilising an anodised aluminium handle frame and O.D. green canvas Micarta inlays. The ergonomic handle also boasts black anodised aluminium bolsters that combine with the grippy feel of the Micarta to offer the user a rocksolid hold, plus the handle thickness offers nigh-on perfect balance in use.
Equally, the other two knives featured here also share a commonality of build, with their names giving the game away that they’re slimmeddown models to save on weight, with no sacrifice when it comes to strength. They also both have G10 handles that provide the strength needed for daily use.
First up is the Buck Ranger Slim Pro TRX knife in O.D. Green. Influenced by the original 112 Ranger, the knife has a new and improved enhanced design. TRX models feature Torx screws over the standard rivet assembly, affording better handle strength and alignment. It measures 4.375” in the closed position and weighs 2.8oz, plus shows a 3” S30V stainless steel clip-point blade.
Similarly, the Buck Folding Hunter Slim Pro TRX knife in O.D Green is influenced by the original 110 Folding Hunter and again uses the same enhanced design as the previous model. Measuring 5” in the closed position and weighing 3.3oz, this model holds a 3.75” S30V stainlesssteel clip-point blade.
The Buck Ranger Sport is a top-quality folding lock knife that’ll suit many hunters, and while the other models have plenty of appeal, both operationally and ergonomically, the TRX you choose will largely depend on the length of blade you require.