There are several variations on this knife. The first few, it is said, were of much better quality than the latest, but even the latest is a very sturdy, quality knife with only a few issues. Here's some pros and cons:
- Sturdy. This knife is one of the best in its class, even in its later incarnations. Heavy rugged construction should not fail you under even the heaviest of useage.
- Thick cross-section. The geometry on this thing is incredible, even for a knife with an MSRP of little over $100.00.
- ATS-34 steel blade will not let you down and will hold its factory edge (comes shaving sharp) for a long time. Heat Treating is overseen by Paul Bos, as indicated by the stamp on the right side of the blade.
- Bronze-phosphor or Copper washers at pivot point will become buttery smooth after a few years of normal use, and will last practically forever, unlike Teflon which often wears away more quickly.
- G10 or TACCOM (glass-reinforced composite) scales are thick, roughly textured for grippiness, and nearly indestructible.
- Clip can be positioned tip-up on either side, and comes with three extra screws already in the other scale for if you lose or strip the other ones.
- Texturing on upper half of blade makes it easier to open knife while wearing gloves.
- Has lanyard hole in one scale.
- My biggest bone with the latest versions of this knife is that the scales and frame are riveted together rather than put together with Torx screws like the older models. I suppose if I really wanted to I could get somebody to pimp it for me, but I don't think it's worth it. I'd be afraid of the thing popping apart ever after so I don't worry about it. Just be aware that for the most part, it's not feasible to dismantle it for maintenance or pimping.
- ATS-34 steel is indeed good stuff, but the older models had an even better type (in many peoples' estimation)--BG-42. I don't mind this but some of you who are purists might. Just a thought.
- Newer models don't have the G10 scales, they have what Buck terms "TACCOM" or Tactical Composite Material, which is partly plastic and partly glass fiber, with a very bumpy and grippy checkering. This is fine by me since I got mine for less than half off but for those of you who would have to pay full price, it would be a sore point most likely.
BL: Approx. 3.75"
HL: Approx. 5"
HT: Paul Bos, Rockwell 60/61.
Handle Material: G10/TACCOM (depending on model).
Construction type: Torx/Riveted (depending on model).
MFG: Buck Knives, Strider/Tarani Design.
Price: MSRP approx. $109.00. Got mine from the Cabelas Bargain Cave for only $50.00 shipped!
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5 Stars! This one (like all production tools) has a few flaws but it will be a permanent addition to my EDC.
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