Folding Hunter

How the Iconic Buck Model 110 Folding Hunter Knife is Made

The Buck Model 110 Folding Hunter is one of the most popular knife designs in history. Here's how it's made, from start to finish.

Buck introduced the Model 110 Folding Hunter pocket knife to the public in 1964. Outdoorsmen absolutely loved the knife, as the company has sold more than 15 million over the last 54 years.

The 110 revolutionized knife design, particularly for folding knives, which countless knife makers have copied ever since.

Here's the manufacturing process, along with a brief history lesson on the iconic company.

One of the keys to the knife's popularity is its locking mechanism. The goal of Al Buck, the patriarch of the company, was to build a folding knife that was as sturdy as a fixed-blade knife.

The knife has a stiff lock-back or spine-lock that secures the blade once it's open. This sets it apart from most locking folding knives on the market today, as those use a liner-lock or side-spring lock mechanism.

The spine-lock design makes for a sturdier knife that you're less likely to accidentally close during use. It also requires a bit of two-handed effort to actually close the knife.

The clip-point blade design also caught on with hunters and farmers. An all-around utilitarian design, the clip point does allow for a quicker, deeper and sharper puncture and removal, as compared to, say, a drop-point blade design.

But the drawback to the clip point is the blades are weaker. A lot of Buck Model 110 owners have ground down and reshaped the blades after the points have broken off.

Responding to market demand, just last year, Buck introduced introduced the 110 Auto Knife. This is the same as the Folding Hunter, but designed for one-handed opening, thanks to a push-button blade release. The knife essentially operates like a switchblade, but has the same spine-locking mechanism. 

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his Facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.