This weekend our special is something a little different and very exciting: a vault find from Buck knives. This knife, the 503ELK, was made in 2003, back when Buck was still in their old factory in El Cajon, California.

There’s a really simple elegance to the handle design that makes for an attractive aesthetic, with the hand matched and hand polished elk antler handles nicely offset by the nickel silver bolsters. But possibly the coolest feature here is when you open the knife, the blade has been hand-engraved with Chuck Buck’s signature and dated for 2003. No two signatures are alike, no two handles are alike, so despite being a production model every single one of these is a totally unique piece. In the Buck tradition this is a really nice, functional gentleman’s folder that you’re going to be able to get a lot of use out of.

Blade opens easily using the fingernail nick and is held securely in place by the lockback mechanism. It’s the classic drop point shape and comes in at 2.375”. While the handle is only 3.375” long, its shape allows for a quite comfortable three-finger grip style. This low profile size also makes it a really unobtrusive everyday carry option.

Overall, the Buck 503ELK is a solid gentleman’s folder with some serious history behind it. It’s not often we see truly one-of-a-kind variety in a production knife, and we’ll definitely never get more of these in stock. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit