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    What is wrong with buck knives

    I used to have a buck ranger 112 which had a really solid lock up, but I sold it as it was to heavy for my liking. When the new buck ranger 112 lite came out I thought I would give it a go, as buck stated it was just as solid. NO, NO, not so. The blade has excessive movement , for me anyway. So disappointing. Every buck lock back I have ever had has had to much blade movement. ( except for the original 112 ) Why can't they get it right. I have had cheap lock backs that have had solid lock ups. I don't get it. That is the last buck I will ever buy.

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    Buck’s quality is no longer like it used to be.

    I bought two high end Buck slip joints and had to return both to the dealer.

    Both had the blade rubbing one side of the liner. The dealer said that is pretty common and could not find one perfectly centered example in their stock.

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    They do some interesting stuff but tend to half arse it- much like CRKT.
    Bucks heat treating is rad though

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    Buck seems to have ongoing issues with quality control.

    That said, two of my most favoured flippers are the Buck Marksman and its high end ltd edition (&sold out) brother the Marksman Elite.
    Though its probably due to the brilliant G & G Hawk strong lock flipper mechanism rather than Bucks contribution to the collaboration.

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    Better buy from the Buck custom shop if possible, those 112 and 110 models are noticeably better built than the regular verslons found at stores like Walmart etc.

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    Last I heard, Buck Custom wouldn't send to Australia. That may have changed.
    They seem to have a very USA centric attitude. If the knife is faulty they will replace it, but that is only feasible if you live in the USA.
    They have been off my radar for years.

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    Here in the Netherlands it's also difficult to get the custom shop 110's and 112's, but through a friend in the US i could get my hands on several of these in 2013.
    At the time this was about the cheapest version that was available, and they had much better production tolerances (when compared to currently available standard brass/420HC versions), no bladeplay, and very well hardened S30V steel.
    They were also completely clean inside, meaning no blackish crud in the handles.
    Complete with good quality nylon belt sheath.
    They all sold in no time on the Dutch forum for 125 Euro each including insured shipping within the Netherlands.

    With blue Indigo Royalwood handles:








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    With red Cherrywood handles:









    Specs:

    Overall length opened: 21,8 cm
    Overall length closed: 12,5 cm
    Blade length: 9,4 cm
    Blade thickness: 3,0 mm
    Steel type: S30V stainless
    Hardness: 60-61 HRC
    Handle materials: Nickel silver & Indigo Royalwood or Red Cherrywood (both Dymondwood)
    Lock type: Backlock
    Weight: 207 grams

    * DymondWood® is a highly engineered wood/plastic composite, that has the physical and mechanical properties of high density hardwood, acrylic, polycarbonate plastics and brass.
    Here, brightly dyed northern hardwood veneers are combined with engineering grade resins, heat and pressure to create a product that has the best characteristics of each.
    DymondWood® is distinguished by its unique strength, durability, dimensional stability, and weather and moisture resistance as compared to regular wood.
    Last edited by kwakster; 09-01-2019 at 19:47.

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