Frequently Asked Questions at Swiss Knife Shop

Common Buck Knives Questions and Answers

Buck Knives 101

Where are Buck Knives Made?

About 87% of the Buck Knives line, including all of the Buck Knives sold at Swiss Knife Shop, are made in America in Post Falls, Idaho. Each Buck Knife is marked with the country in which it is made, so it is easy to determine if your Buck Knife was made in the USA.

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Where are Buck Knives for Sale Near Me?

Swiss Knife Shop offers a wide selection of American-made Buck Knives online, and offers free shipping on all orders over $20, making it very easy to get a Buck Knife delivered to your doorstep. Swiss Knife Shop also offers personalization on many Buck Knives at our in-house engraving department.

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Do Buck Knives have a Warranty?

Buck Knives are covered by Buck’s Forever Warranty, which warranties every Buck Knife against defects in materials and manufacturing for the life of the knife. This warranty covers any defect, but does not cover damage due to misuse, wear, or modification. If you do have a knife you have damaged, however, Buck does have a knife service department that can repair it for a reasonable rate.

To make a Buck Knives warranty claim or request repair services, please visit the Buck Knives website directly for instructions.

Why are Buck Knives Expensive?

Buck Knives have been made in America since 1902, and are crafted with high-quality steel and handle materials. They are known for holding their edge over time, as they are heat treated or tempered with a patented process. They are then edged with their patented Edge2x Technology.

Every Buck Knife is built to last and backed with the Buck Forever Warranty.

Even with all the attention to quality and detail put into every Buck Knife, the line does have a variety of price points, including very reasonable everyday carry options.

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Which Buck Knives are Made in the USA?

Approximately 87% of all Buck Knife models are made in the United States in Post Falls, Idaho. Included in this long list of Buck Knives made in the USA is the entire bestselling Model 110 collection, as well as the 55s, the 112s, the Bantams, the Spitfires, Vantages, Princes, Rangers and more.

Every Buck Knife at Swiss Knife Shop is from the US-made collection, and each Buck Knife made since 1967 is stamped on the blade with the country of origin.

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What are Buck Knives Used for?

Each Buck Knife model is designed for specific uses, but many are very versatile. For example, the bestselling Model 110 is a hunting knife at heart, but is an excellent everyday carry.

Buck fixed-blade knives, while not as compact as the folding models, feature a full tang for strength and are well suited for tough jobs such as field dressing and rugged camping tasks. The folding models are ideal for everyday carry.

For more details on what Buck Knives are used for and how to choose the correct one for your needs, please refer to “What Buck Knife Should I Buy?” below.

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Do Buck Knives Hold an Edge?

Buck Knives was founded by Hoyt Buck due to his passion for developing a better method of tempering steel back in the early 1900s. While the specifics of how Buck tempers its blades have evolved over time, Buck Knives are still known for holding their edge.

Why do Buck Knives hold an edge so well? First, Buck very carefully selects the correct grade of steel for each blade, and next they heat-treat or temper it with a patented process tailored to the intended use of each knife. Finally, every blade is edged with their proprietary Edge2x Technology. As a result, a Buck Knife is extremely sharp out-of-the-box, holds an edge for an exceptionally long time, and is easy to re-sharpen.

When was Buck Knives Founded?

Buck Knives was founded in 1902 by Hoyt Buck, a blacksmith apprentice who experimented with steel tempering techniques with the goal of making knives that would hold an edge longer. In the beginning, Hoyt crafted knives one-by-one using file blades as the raw materials.

Buck Knives is still a family-run company and is now in its 4th generation. There is a Mr. Buck (CJ Buck) who is still very much engaged with the company and its customers.

Where are Buck 110 Knives Made?

The Buck Model 110 Folding Hunting Knife, Buck’s revolutionary folding hunter knife, is made at the Buck headquarters in Post Falls, Idaho, USA. In 1964, when the Buck Model 110 was first introduced, it was a groundbreaking new product, and remains Buck’s flagship knife today.

As the Model 110 is so popular, it is now available in a variety of blade and handle materials, making it even more versatile.

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Where are the Buck Knives Headquarters?

The company was originally founded by the Buck family in Kansas City, MO, and moved its manufacturing to California following World War II. In 2005, due to rising costs in California, manufacturing was moved to Post Falls, Idaho, where it remains today.

Finding the Right Buck Knife

Which Buck Knife Should I Buy?

The Buck Knife you should buy depends on the way you plan to use the knife. There are several factors to consider in deciding which knife is right for you.

First, decide if a fixed or folding blade is best for your adventures and everyday tasks. A fixed blade is quickly accessible for heavy duty tasks and frequent use, as all you need to do is remove it from the sheath and put it to work. It is also extremely sturdy, and many fixed-blade Buck Knives are full tang for added strength. A folding knife is compact and safe and easy to carry. Many folding Buck Knives lock in the open position for safe use.

Blade shape is the next factor to consider. The two main blade shapes on Buck Knives are drop point and clip point. A Drop Point Blade is very strong and versatile. It features a thick point. This makes this blade shape particularly well suited for heavier tasks, while the downward curve toward the tip of the blade reduces the risk of accidental punctures.

A Clip Point Blade is thinner and has a crescent tip with a sharp point. This gives you control for detail work and work in small, tight spaces. The sharp point is also great for intentional punctures, such as punching a new hole in your belt, but is not as robust as a drop point blade, and therefore not as well-suited to heavy duty tasks.

Finally, decide which features are important to you, such as locking blades and one-hand opening blades.

The Swiss Knife Shop Buck Knives Knife Finder can help you select a knife with the knife type, blade shape and features that are important to you. Simply check off all the options you are looking for under “Knife Finder” in our Buck Knives collection, and the American-made Buck Knives that meets all your criteria will display. You can also call us at 866-438-7947, and we will be happy to help you choose the Buck Knife you should buy.

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Which Buck Knife is the Best?

There are many Buck Knives to choose from, and determining which Buck Knife is best depends on how you would like to use it. (Please see the questions “Which Buck Knife Should I Buy?” above for guidance on choosing the right knife for you.)

The bestselling American-made Buck Knife is the iconic Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife. This beautiful knife, with an ebony handle and a locking clip point blade, is both elegant and practical. The Buck 55 and 112 are similar knives in different sizes.

Due to its popularity, the Buck 110 is also available with different handles and with one-hand opening options.

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Which Buck Knives have a Pocket Clip?

There are several models of Buck Knives that have a pocket clip, including the Buck Spitfire and Mini Spitfire, the 285 Bantam, the Onset, the Budgie and the Sprint.

To shop an up-to-the-minute list of Buck Knives with a pocket clip, please visit our Buck Knives collection, and select Pocket Clip in our Knife Finder.

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Which Buck Knives Come with a Sheath?

Fixed blade Buck Knives (such as the Vanguard and the Compadre) come with a sheath for safe and convenient carry. To find all American-made Buck Knives with a sheath in Swiss Knife Shop’s collection, simply select the sheath type in our knife finder filters.

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Which Buck Knives are Made of s30v Steel?

Rugged knives such as the Buck Pursuit Pro and Budgie folding knives are both made with Bucks S35VN Stainless Steel. S35VN steel is similar to S30VN in strength and edge retention, but is easier to sharpen.

The Swiss Knife Shop Buck Knives Knife Finder can help you select a knife with the steel type you are looking for. Simply check off all the steel under “Blade Steel” under “Knife Finder” in our Buck Knives collection, and the American-made Buck Knives that meets all your criteria will display. You can also call us at 866-438-7947, and we will be happy to help you choose the Buck Knife you’re looking for.

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Can Buck Knives be Engraved with a Company Logo?

The Swiss Knife Shop corporate gifts department can add custom laser engraving to the blade of virtually any Buck Knife. We offer custom logo engraving for quantities of 25 knives or more.

For more information on engraving Buck Knives with your company logo or custom artwork, please complete our Corporate Gift Inquiry Form, and we will be in touch with details, or call us at 866-438-7947.

Which Knives are Like the Buck Model 110?

The bestselling Buck Model 110 Knife itself comes in a variety of blade and handle materials. Additionally, Buck Models 055 and 112 are similar to the Model 110 in different sizes and blade shapes. They all feature the iconic Buck Knives ebony and brass handles and folding blades. The Model 113 Skinner Knife has a similar handle design but is a fixed blade knife with a tough drop point.

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Buck Knives How to and Maintenance

How do I Care for a Buck Knife?

Buck Knives are made to withstand heavy use, but do need some regular care to keep them at their best. The simplest step you can take to ensure a long life for your Buck Knife is regular basic care. Keep your entire knife dry, including the handle, to prevent rust. Keep your knife clean, as well, especially focusing on any pivot points and moving parts. Finally, if you have a Buck Folding Knife, oil any moving parts at least twice a year.

When cleaning your Buck Knife, choose a mild cleaner that is residue-free, as well as a non-abrasive metal polish. Stay away from harsh cleaners containing chlorine or other strong chemicals, as this can lead to rust and corrosion.

If your knife does develop blue, gray or black color, this is oxidization, which is a precursor to rust. Clean your knife immediately to remove this. Both oxidization and light rust can be cleaned and removed with oil or a non-abrasive metal polish. If your knife has developed a deeper rust, it will take a more abrasive solution.

Finally, keep in mind that a Buck Knife is not a hammer, pry tool or throwing knife. Using it for any of these activities can damage the knife, lead to injury, and void the forever warranty.

How do I Sharpen a Buck Knife?

The safest, highest performing Buck Knife is a sharp one. Over time and with use, every knife will start to dull. There are several sharpening methods you can choose to keep your Buck Knife in peak condition.

If you are using a sharpening stone or flipstick sharpener, stroke the blade across the sharpener with even control and even pressure. The angle of the blade depends on the intended use of the knife, and maintaining this angle when sharpening will keep your knife in the best working order. Alternate the two sides of the blade evenly.

Al Buck, former CEO of Buck Knives, used a felt tip pen to guide the sharpening process. He recommended shading the knife’s bevel with a felt tip pen. Then, sharpen until the black is no longer visible. If you have used the sharpening stone or stick and there is black on the top edge, hold the back of the blade closer to the sharpener. If there is black at the bottom after sharpening, hold the back of the blade farther from the sharpener. Repaint the edge and try again, working until you understand the proper angle and can maintain it.

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