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Spotlight on Buck American-made Knives

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Buck American-made Knives

The Buck family has been making exceptional knives since 1902. With a rich history spanning over 120 years, Buck Knives is an iconic American knife manufacturer that has become a household name synonymous with craftsmanship and durability. 

How it All Began

The story of Buck Knives begins 1902 when a young blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck started making knives in a small shop in Kansas. Hoyt was determined to create a better knife, one that would hold its edge longer and be more reliable than any other knife on the market. He created each of these first knives by hand using the metal from discarded files as his raw materials.

In 1945, Hoyt and his son Al started manufacturing knives under the name of H.H. Buck and Son in San Diego, California. In 1961, after Hoyt had died, Al incorporated Buck Knives, Inc., later bringing in his own son, Chuck and Chuck's wife. Now, Buck Knives is run by Chuck's son CJ, who has been running the company since 1999. CJ is the 4th generation of the Buck family to run Buck Knives.

The Buck factory is now located in Post Falls, Idaho.

Quality and Craftsmanship

One of the key factors that sets Buck Knives apart is their commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Each knife is meticulously crafted in the United States by skilled artisans who take pride in their work. Buck Knives uses only the finest materials, such as high-grade stainless steel and durable handle materials like wood and synthetic composites, ensuring that their knives can withstand the test of time.

Buck Hunting Knives

Backed by a Lifetime Warranty

Buck stands behind every knife they make with their famous Forever Warranty, which guarantees the knives for life.

A Legacy of Innovation

Throughout its history, Buck Knives has been at the forefront of knife innovation. In 1964, Buck Knives introduced the Model 110 Folding Hunter, which revolutionized the knife industry. This innovative design features a folding mechanism that allows the blade to be safely stored within the handle, making it convenient and easy to carry. It also includes a lockback mechanism, keeping the knife safely secured open while in use. The Model 110 became an instant success and remains one of Buck Knives' most iconic and popular designs to this day.

In the 1980s, Buck pioneered the use of heat-treated stainless steel, significantly improving the blade's strength and edge retention. Buck's Paul Bos Heat Treatment, which actually includes both heating and cooling steel, tempers the metal to each knife's ideal Rockwell hardness, achieving the perfect balance between edge retention, strength, corrosion resistance and ductility.

Buck Ebony Handled Knives

Continuing the Legacy

Today, Buck Knives continues to be a leader in the knife industry, offering a wide range of knives for various purposes, including hunting, fishing, camping, and everyday carry. Their commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction remains unwavering, ensuring that the Buck Knives legacy will endure for generations to come.

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a collector, or simply someone who appreciates a reliable tool, Buck Knives is a name that you can trust.

Buck Spitfire Knives for Hunting and Fishing

Available Now at Swiss Knife Shop

Swiss Knife Shop offers a wide selection of American-made Buck knives - from their traditional Ebony series to the sleek, modern Spitfires. Our in-house experts can personalize almost any Buck knife with custom engraving to make your legendary knife unique for you.


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