Buck Omni Hunters
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 14/12/2016
Buck Knives have been around a long time and over the years have built an enviable reputation for themselves with a diverse range of product that covers sporting to military use. For me as a hunter they really score with a series of designs that are both cost effective and efficient. For many years I used their Diamondback fixed blade, which retailed at around £25 and it was hard to fault! Brand new is their Omni Hunter series, which offers one basic shape with the option of fixed or folding build in a range of finishes; I have here one of each. First up the fixed 10pt.
The build offers a full tang with the thermoplastic handle moulded directly on to it with a lanyard hole at the rear. Grip is enhanced with rubber over-moulded Dynaflex® inserts. The shape is distinctive being a J that shows in the severely curved handle. The 3 ¼”, drop-point blade is satin-finished 420HC stainless steel with a deep build and more rounded tip, the edge is hollow-ground. At the rear is a finger choil and on top jimping for extra thumb purchase. There is also the 12pt version, which is identical though with a 4” blade.
The handle is frankly too short and offers a rather cramped hold. However, moving your index finger onto the choil improves address and grip no end. The rather dictatorial shape does not come across well for edge-up use. For general use this is an effective tool. One thing Buck does well are sheaths! Made of nylon fabric it shows a plastic inner to protect the material when the blade is drawn or inserted. Retention is by a strap and press stud and at the rear is a 2” belt loop.
The folder is identical in shape and materials used, but is marginally smaller and lighter with its 3” blade that is not as deep as the fixed 10pt. It also offers a 12pt (4”) option too. The choil is also not so pronounced. Engagement is by a mid-positioned back lock and there’s a simple, one-handed, ambidextrous opening lug at the base of the blade. All comments about the fixed blades’ handle apply equally to the folder. Carriage is by a nylon belt pouch with studded flap.
Handle shape and size aside, which is solved for those of us with larger mitts by the choil, the Omni hunters are neat little field blades and represent good value for money.
FOR - Effective hunting knives
AGAINST - Grip a bit small
VERDICT - Well-made and well-priced