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Buck 110 Folding Hunter Review

Buck 110 Folding Hunter Review

The Buck Knives 110 Folding Hunter knife is a classic. It’s revered among the industry. Regarded as an innovation, the Buck company has made an estimated 15 million of the 110's.

The 110 has long been one of the most trusted knives on the market. You’ve most likely seen copies of it everywhere. It’s become the foundation on which the folding knife industry has built its empire.

With Buck, quality and design are chief and the 110BRS certainly lives up to this.

Key Specs of the Buck 110

Buck 110 Folding Hunter
  • Blade Length: 3.75 inches
  • Blade Steel: 420HC
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Handle: Dymondwood
  • Weight: 7.2 oz
  • Carry System: Sheath
  • Origin: Made In USA

Why Choose a Buck Knife?

With over 100 years of experience, Buck has continually refined their skill. Proving themselves as being the masters of the folding knife, they have time and time again produced top-notch knives.

In 2014 Buck celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 110. Any knife that has managed to continue being a bestseller 50 years later must have some great qualities – and indeed it does.

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Our Impressions of the 110

Everything about this knife screams classic, or maybe it’s class. I don’t know. The 110 has a closed length of 4.875 inches and a weight of 7.2 ounces.

Although it’s not meant to be an EDC knife, it’s a great size for one, be it slightly heavier than its adversaries. In the hand, the 110 feels great.

Its simple curved handle gives a surprisingly comfortable grip and balance-wise, it’s brilliant.

Buck 110 Folding Hunter Review

Blade Materials

The blade is made from 420HC steel, which is easy to sharpen and can hold its edge relatively well. The 420HC steel is a favorite of Buck’s and for good reasons. While its not a premium steel, its proven and held in high regard by many.

True to its name, the 110 sports a blade length of 3-3/4 inches. The tip of the blade is what’s described as a crescent shape. It’s very fine, great for detail work and hole-punching, but I wouldn’t use it for more rigorous jobs.

The crescent gives a graceful look to the blade which compliments the Dymondwood handle nicely.

Dymondwood Handle

The handle is my favorite part about the 110, and possibly the reason why it’s so unique and desirable. It’s made from beautiful Dymondwood and brass with the edges smoothed for comfort.

When developed, the 110 was considered the first lock-back folding knife to be able to hold its own against fixed knives. The lock-back system in this knife certainly proves the statement.

Because of its smooth texture, it can be slippery with wet hands, however the design of the handle means that, ergonomically, the control is still there.

Is it Suitable for EDC?

The 110 being an EDC is a debatable topic, the weight of the 110 isn't one that would suggest as much.  However, with the sheath carry system one could easily EDC the Buck 110.

If you’re looking for an EDC knife that you can stuff away in your pocket, then I wouldn't recommend the 110.  For one, there isn't a pocket clip to keep it secure and as I've mentioned, the weight would become a problem quickly.

If you’re interested in a true EDC knife, one with a pocket clip and in the same price range as the Buck 110.  I would suggest you take a look at my Top 10 folding knives under $50, there are some excellent choices for EDC knives on that list.

Can you Customize the Buck 110?

Buck does offer the 110 in some customized variations, however for this review I've talked only on the standard configuation, with 420HC blade and brass bolsters.

You can visit Buck's website and order the 110 in a more customized configuration, they offer S30V blade steel, nickel plated bolsters and rivets, black oxide coated blades.

All of these customizations will come at a cost though, and it can and will get much more expensive than your standard 110 configuration.  I will say this though, they sure do look good with the nickel plated bolsters.

Final Thoughts on the 110

The Buck 110 is a beautiful knife. The Dymondwood handle and the crescent blade do justice to the high quality design of the knife. In its own right, it’s a classic. Though it’s a bit heavy, it’s not bulky.

It's decent quality steel means that it’s more than capable of tackling big jobs while still holding its edge well. The Buck brand has evolved to become one of the leaders among the industry.

The 110 has stood the test of time and holds up against the flood of modern folding knives that have become the preferred choice of users. It’s striking yet simple. It’s practical and tough.

PROS

  • Made In USA
  • Classic Design
  • ​Buck Warranty

CONS

  • Heavy for EDC
  • No Pocket Clip
  • ​Edge Retention
Classic Hunting Knife Built to Last
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