Buck's 110 folding knife has been an American classic for generations, but what makes it so special?
The one-word answer to that question is consistency.
While years of refinement have perfected the popular pocket knife hunters and laborers still use today, the legacy of Buck Knives stands on more than a century-long commitment to the tradition that started it all.
In 1902, 12-year-old Hoyt H. Buck started making knives in a blacksmith shop in Leavenworth, Kansas. It wasn't until World War II that he saw thought to start his own business, as he saw an opportunity to provide knives to servicemen.
Following the war, Hoyt and his son, Alfred, set up shop in San Diego where they worked under the name H.H. Buck and Son starting in 1947.
Pushing out roughly 25 knives per week, they committed themselves to offering knives with the best-available materials, their own workmanship and a lifetime guarantee.
Fast-forward 73 years later, and we see a brand that still stands on those pillars.
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Nowadays, Buck Knives creates 6,000-7,000 knives per day--now out of Post Falls, Idaho--spotlighting the brand's adaptability over its lifetime, as a streamlined assembly line is able to supply knives to the countless hunters and farmers who depend on a durable blade.
The famed folding knife's blade, made of 420HC martensitic stainless steel, has been perfected with Buck's unchanging heating and cooling process, which allows engineers to maximize the hardness of the steel.
Decades of modest changes to the Buck 110 Folding Hunter have helped craft the most efficient blade shape for both cutting and puncturing, which continues to compliment the classic wood handle.
After buffing and polishing the brass bolster and liners, assemblers sharpen the blade to a razor-sharp edge and then send it on to be individually inspected for any kind of flaw before packaging.
Thanks to consistency and attention to detail, Buck Knives is one of those rare brands that has stayed at the top of its respective market since its origins, and it doesn't look that will change any time soon.
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