Discontinued by Buck several years ago, the Buck/Strider SBMF 889 remains a favorite in my EDC rotation. Based loosely on the Strider SMF frame lock, the Buck version is a liner lock design.
It’s hardly fair to compare a (then) $50 Buck 889 to a $400 Strider SMF but people did and still do. What the Buck 889 is useful for is letting someone experience a Strider-ish design for a small outlay of cash.
-Weight: 4.9 oz. (138.9 g)
-Handle Material: TACCOM(tm) glass-reinforced nylon, quad-hold design
-Carry System: Black oxide stainless steel reversible belt clip
-Color: Black, OD Green, Coyote Brown
-Blade Steel: 420HC Black Oxide coated
-Length Overall: 8.13″ (20.7 cm.)
-Length Closed: 4.65″ (11.8 cm.)
-Blade Length: 3.5″L (9.1 cm.)
-Blade Shape: Extra wide, drop point
-Made in USA
420HC blade steel is sometimes looked down upon by steel snobs, but it has decent qualities and Buck does an excellent job of heat treating it. If you have not tried Buck’s 420HC steel, I would encourage you to do so. Many of their ‘base level’ knives use this steel.
Buck also made an 882 and 887 verson of the Strider SMF which are essentially the same knife as the 899 with higher grade blade steels (and G10 scales in the 882).
All three of these models are now discontinued but are available frequently at knife/gun shows and on Ebay. Prices are up somewhat now that they are no longer available from the factory, although you can still find an 889 for under $70.
Below are some photos of my 889 alone and alongside a Buck 110.