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Buck Knives 113 Fixed Blade

21 Sep

For those of us who love Buck’s folding lockback knives, comes the “Boone and Crockett Small Elk Skinner” aka the model 113. The 113 fixed blade is of a similar style and dimensions as their legendary 112 folder. It features shed elk antler scales, a brass bolster and a  3″ drop point blade of 420 HC. A Boone & Crockett medallion is embedded in the handle. It measures 7-1/8′ overall and weighs 5.0 oz.

Buck Elk Small Skinner Knife - Boone and Crockett Collection

Buck 113 Fixed Blade

I think the 113 is a great looking knife and would make a great user or collectible. The only change I would like to see would be the option for an upgraded blade steel. 420HC is a great steel but I would like the option of 154CM or S30V.

The 113 is made in the USA and comes with Buck’s ‘Forever Warranty’. Suggested retail $190 although it’s listed for around $130 on a number of online retailer sites – which is an absolute bargain for a limited edition knife with shed elk antler scales!


Bond Arms / Buck Knives Vantage Folder

21 Aug

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.

Buck Knives New EcoLite 110 & 112

10 Aug

Buck has announced new versions of their legendary 110 & 112 folding hunter’s. The series is called EcoLite and uses resin impregnated 100% recycled paper (called PaperStone) for handle material. I’ve been hoping Buck would introduce a modernized light-weight 110 with G-10 scales and a pocket clip. The EcoLite is most of what I was hoping for and definitely something I want to pick up. Below is a press release from Buck describing the models in more detail.


Buck Knives New EcoLite Series

EcoLite is Buck’s new approach to providing a cluster of advanced knife features, available now in both 110 and 112 models. The handles are made of eco-friendly PaperStone, made from 100% waste paper.

EcoLite knives are stronger, more rugged and withstand heat or cold. They take general in-use abuse and come back for more. Yet, with this strength and toughness, they are much lighter weight. Instead of 7.2 oz. for the classic 110, the EcoLite model weighs just 4.1 oz. — a lot less to carry on your hip.

“We understand the importance of integrating eco-friendly materials into our products, and we are enthusiastic about our major step forward with the use of PaperStoneTM for our handles,” said CJ Buck, president of the 108-year -old knifemaking firm. “It’s the greenest material you can find, and more important, it’s rugged, withstands heat or cold, and is very durable.”

First used on handles for Buck’s Metro, with positive results, it’s now the key to the beginning of the new line of EcoLite knives, starting with the 110 EcoLite. It has exactly the same great 3-3/4” hollow-ground clip blade as the famous 110, made of corrosion-resistant 420HC stainless steel, heat-treated to Rc58 to hold an edge longer. And it has the same reliable positive-action locking system that has stood the test of time for nearly half a century.

The first big change is in the weight: instead of the 7.2 oz. for the classic 110, the EcoLite counterpart weighs only 4.1 oz., without sacrificing any of the features and advantages you want and need, on the trail or on the job. The other big advantage is price: where the original 110 has an MSRP of $66, the EcoLite 110 is $45.

Also available is the EcoLite 112 Ranger, with its 3” clip blade, and weighing just 3.4 oz. compared with the regular 112 at 5.6 oz. Again, there is also a price advantage: $42 for the EcoLite versus $63. Both EcoLites come in a heavy-duty nylon sheath and are backed by Buck’s famous Forever Warranty. In keeping with Buck’s American Commitment, they are made in the USA. Buckknives.com.