Buck Open Season Folder Knife
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- Last updated: 05/10/2020
Being one of the most well-known knife makers in the world Buck, of course, need no introduction. They produce a huge range of quality collectable and useable knives with something to suit every application.
When choosing a knife there are several factors to consider, like the ease of use, comfort in the hand, strength and of course sharpness. A lot of these factors often conflict with each other and we have to maybe compromise on a few things to get a knife that works. One such conflict can be between wanting a very big strong knife, which tends to mean a fixed blade design, and also wanting a compact knife, which generally means a folder. Fortunately, Buck has just the knife to resolve this particular issue.
The Buck Open Season Folding knife is heavy, weighing in at over 6oz, and when you pick it up it has a nice big feel to it. At just under 5” long, closed, you can immediately tell you have a substantial piece of kit in your hand and once opened it measures a full 8.5” in length. The blade locks very securely with absolutely no play and it immediately feels like a substantial, fixed blade tool. The liners and blade are thick stainless steel and the whole knife has a nicely curved back, from the tip of the blade to the butt of the handle, which sits very well in the hand.
The scales are made of Dymalux, which is a natural wood material consisting of layers of wood veneers laminated together and infused with resin, but they actually look and feel like completely natural wood. They have shallow finger grooves and short deep slots cut in for grip, and these combine to give a very firm hold, even when wet.
The drop point blade has two short sets of jimping on the spine, one near the hinge and one near the tip, and this provides a solid grip when using the knife for fine work. At 3mm thick, the blade is certainly strong and it stands up to all sorts of heavy use without flexing. The knife comes already sharpened and Bucks ‘Edge2x blade technology’ certainly produces a very sharp edge which is easy to maintain.
This is a very strong folding knife, more than capable of matching the performance of a fixed blade alternative. The shape of the handle and the Dymalux material gives a positive grip, in all conditions, and the sharpness of the blade is fantastic. If you are looking for a compact folder, that is extremely durable and easy to use, then Buck has the answer right here.