This weekend our special comes from Buck Knives, a repackage of two of their Parallex models in a single convenient kit. If you’re looking for something on the rugged side with a super affordable price point, maybe for a gift, these two knives definitely fit the bill.
Aesthetically speaking these are functionally identical, with skeletonized handles that resemble the Gerber Paraframe, built from titanium coated stainless steel. Obviously the single biggest difference between the two is the size. The larger one has a 2.75″ blade and 4″ handle, while the smaller has a 2.25″ blade with 3.75″ handle. The other major difference is in the blade style. While both are hollow ground drop points, the larger knife features partial serrations, while the smaller just has a plain edge.
When it comes to the handling my personal preference is the larger model, which feels really ergonomic. The index finger indent and curved shape let it fill the hand really well, and there’s a pretty pronounced thumb ramp up at the top. All-in-all it’s a nice secure feeling in the hand. The smaller one doesn’t feel quite as confident in larger hands, but it’s still perfectly manageable. Their slim profile keeps the knives comfortable in the pocket, with the clips enabling a tight, tip-down carry.
Blade deployment on both is handled via the dual thumb studs. It’s not a swift action, and they’re a little difficult to flick out with the thumb, but it’s solid and easy nevertheless. The smaller knife has a slightly more responsive action, making it perfect for a quick middle finger open. The frame locks are a little difficult to disengage, but they at least keep the blades securely locked in place.
Overall, this Buck Parallex two pack offers some great functionality at a pretty unbeatable price, making these knives ideal candidates for a hard-use, utilitarian EDC. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com