Going Classic… kinda

I wanted a new pocket knife.  I know, I have a bunch… but I’ve carried all of them and they have lint on them now.  You know what I mean?  That and they are mostly all “Tactical” of some sort.   Well, one of my favorites has been a Buck Avid Select.  The problem it has is that it feels too delicate for hard work.  It’s a great knife and wicked sharp… but I want something a little more tough.  This thin Buck though has made me look at other Buck knives and I kinda kept coming back to the classic 110 Folding Hunter.  The Buck 110 is what really started the folding knife as being an acceptable outdoorsman’s knife.  The lock mechanism, the clip point blade, and a good size made it great knife for all around use.  

I’ve had and used Buck 110’s in the past… but I had never bought one of my very own.  Found, been given, yes… but I have never gone out to get my own.  So I think I will, and I think the Buck 110 will be great as it always is.

Unfortunately its 7 ounces.  That’s a bit too heavy.  I wanted that blade, but in a lighter knife.  I found it.   The Buck 110 Ecolite.  This is the 110 blade, with their “Paperstone” for a handle instead of brass and wood.    It’s 4 ounces.  Perfect.  The only thing I wish it had was a pocket clip… and I wish they had a version of the 110 with their BOSS heat treated steel.  But I can live with what it is.   It’s on order now, so we’ll see it when we get it in.  Oh, yeah, one more thing… I got it in Red.   Traditional, yet not so much.

14 thoughts on “Going Classic… kinda”

  1. Great choice… the 110 truly IS a classic.
    I had one years ago… gave it to a runaway I was sending home.
    It was my favorite, but I couldnt bare to see her alone and unarmed.
    Yet again, GREAT choice. I need to look into an ecolite.

    Jim

  2. I’d add a thumb stud for one-handed opening. I’ve gotten very used to that.

  3. +1 on add a thumb stud. Texas Knifemakers’ Supply even sells a nice selection of said studs.

    One cool thing about the Buck 110 is that Buck offers a semi-custom version on their website: you pick out the blade steel, handle scale material, frame material and sheath type, and they will assemble it for you and send it off. You can even get it engraved.

    The 110 was always meant for a belt pouch, anyway. You wear it daily and the pouch gets dinged and individualized, like the cowboy’s old Peacemaker holster.

  4. True that they are a pouch knife. That is the way I first saw the old guys carrying them when I was a little kid. These days, I think the belt clip is the way to go. I would buy a 110 with a clip and a thumb stud in a heart beat.

  5. Ogre-San; I bought my father a 110 for Christmas one year – we were both in the construction business in the South and the 110 was THE knife, period. After he passed away, that knife came back to me, and is a prized posession that I often wear and use. One hand opening is possible without a stud but it’s hard with wet or sweaty hands…Great choice – you done good..

  6. I love the design, but I much prefer the smaller 112. It was my go-to knife for a long time when I was younger. I bought a 110 maybe six years ago but I never use it; it’s too big for pocket carry and I don’t like pouch knives. I might as well just carry a fixed blade or good multitool if I’m wearing something on my belt besides a gun and ammo.

    Nowadays I just carry a Griptilian or one of my other Benchmade Axis folders, but my 112 gets a lot of use around the house and in the field. It feels great in the hand and it’s easy to put a wicked edge on it. I’ve got a whole box of expensive knives but I keep coming back to the simple little 112.

  7. The Buck 110 was the first good knife I bought when I started making a little money years ago.

    Later I bought a Ranger. It was my hunting knife for years and was used to gut and skin most of the deer I killed.

    Bought both my sons lighter Bucks with the same design but different handle materials.
    Can’t go wrong with a Buck IMO.

  8. Though I don’t carry it much any more, I have an old 110 I got about 35 years ago and packed for probably about 20 years. A good tough knife, but not as easy to open one-handed as the modern knives. I still keep it in my glove box for emergencies.

  9. The Folding Hunter is a good piece of steel, but I’m with George. Something lighter. Now, I have no doubt Mad Ogre already has a few Benchmades, but I am very fond of the ones I have. I do that old tanto style Griptilian thang, would punch a hole in a car door and scary sharp.

  10. Check out Cabela’s website; Their Alaskan Guide Series 110 Folder is a Buck 110 with the new S30V steel blade. Sweet.

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