What Is A Buck Survival Knife – Buying Guide

If you are interested in buying a Buck Survival Knife, there are more than a few  things to bear in mind. Firstly, just because the label says it’s a Buck Knife, it doesn’t mean the product was made by Buck. The name “Buck” is commonly referred to describe a certain type of knife. Many hunting knives are called buck knives, however the most commonly used Buck Knife is the Model 110, with Folding Lock Back. It is also the most copied knife in the world and people will refer to it as a “Buck Knife” even if it’s a facsimile.

For the serious knife collector, or enthusiast, a Buck Knife manufactured by BUCK KNIVES INC is the way to go.

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Potential buyers should be wary of the mountain of imported "Buck" Knives on websites that are not genuine. These may easily confuse uninformed buyers because they look like the real thing. Before buying, check and see the location of the knife. If it is located overseas then that could be a red flag. If it’s also listed with a give-away price, it should also spell trouble. If you are unsure of the product you are about to purchase, visit Buck Knives website and compare the model number.

Not every Buck knife on the market is genuine, but those marked with the label “Buck” on the tang - which has been placed on their knives since the 1980s - as well as a date code next to the model number will be your best bet.

Here are some rules for purchasing a Buck Survival Knife.

Serrated vs. Smooth Edge

This is mostly a matter of preference. Some people enjoy serrated edges whilst others prefer smooth edges. Serrated edges are good at cutting through coarse, dense materials while smooth blades are good for clean cuts. If you are good at sharpening knives then you’ll be able to make your smooth blade cut through anything. You can also get a combo with both.

No Cheap Knives

This cannot be emphasized enough, but a cheap Buck knife is not a good idea. It is important to keep away from poor quality knives regardless of their flashy colorful engravings. Cheap knives won’t last long, and they have the potential to injure you, say when the blade snaps!  So, if you have to have that commemorative Nascar folding knife in your collection be sure not to actually use the thing.

Blade Length

Depending on what you intend to use your Buck Knife for, a blade length of between three and five inches should be ideal. The blade length should relate to your activities, but more importantly should be of adequate length for easy and safe use.

Made in USA

Although not all U.S. made Buck Knives are genuine, certainly anything other than American made is not genuine. Be sure to look at the knife’s origin and compare the model number on the Buck Knives website to ensure authenticity.

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Price Range

Buck Knives creates quality hunting knives, combat knives, and other versions of pocket knives. And because they serve different purposes, their prices vary greatly. Depending on intended use, Buck Knives can cost from as little $50 to as much as $500 or more depending on where you buy.

Where to Buy Buck Knives Online

There are many online stores which sell genuine Buck Knives and others that sell not-so genuine knives. The most reputable online stores to check for genuine Buck Knives include; Amazon, KnifeCenter, CutleryShoppe and Buck Knives. eBay does sell different models, but you should be vigilant about cheap replica imports from countries other than the U.S.

Pros and Cons

Pros

• Ideal for indoor and outdoor activities
• Comfortable rubber handle to prevent slipping
• Versatile and sharp
• Durable
• Ideal of hunting and camping

Cons

• Poor craftsmanship on certain models
• Handle is not very sturdy on the blade

We hope this helps in finding that great Buck survival knife that you've been looking for.

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