I think knives with third party advertising on them are pretty cheesy. But a new offering from Bond Arms and Buck Knives is just plain cool! The paragraph below from Bond Arms explains the offering:
“Made in the U.S.A. by Buck Knives! Choose from Rosewood or Black Ash. This knife is a great addition to your knife collection or to your self defense knife needs. The Bond Arms logo is embossed into the wood. It comes with a removable pocket clip on the back and a stainless steel blade.”
In my opinion the Bond Arms logo and checkering on the scales are tastefully done and add nicely to an already appealing knife.
The knife being offered is Buck’s Vantage Avid which is much like the Vantage Pro I reviewed here a few weeks ago. The only differences are a 13C26 blade and wood scales instead of S30V and G10. Both are good knives with excellent steel. One would be hard pressed to notice any difference in usability and edge retention between S30V and 13C26.
‘mrstraightshot’ posted a nice video review of the knife:
Bond Arms has been manufacturing 100% Made in the U.S.A., derringer style firearms, since 1995 and is recognized for its dependable, well-built double-barrel handguns, which feature historically inspired designs.
Price wise, the Bond Vantage Avids are $60 which is about twice as much as a standard Buck Vantage Avid. I happen to think it’s a pretty good deal for a unique knife that’s made in the USA and comes with a Forever Warranty. If you’re a Bond Arms fan, it’s a definate must-have item.
Thanks to Dave H (aka ‘plumberdv’ on Blade Forum) for the top two photo’s. Be sure to check out his post on these knives on BladeForum.