Why You Need a Buck Sprint Folding Knife

Say the words “Buck knife” and most people will probably envision the classic 110 Folding Hunter, an enduring model that has stood the test of time and is still going strong today. But Buck isn’t content to rest on their laurels and have been making strides to modernize their products. The recently released 110 and 112 Slim models are a perfect example, but their new Sprint Series is even more of a statement from Buck on where they intend to go in the future.

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Why You Need a Knife From The Buck Compadre Series

The Compadre Series is Buck’s answer to hardcore outdoorsmen and survivalists that want a set of heavy-duty tools that are just as hardcore as they are. The trio of blades includes the nicely built Compadre Camp Knife, Compadre Axe, and Compadre Chopping Froe. These knives were originally released with a red powder-coated finish and walnut Dymondwood handles. Now, for 2019, they’ve introduced versions with canvas Micarta handles and Cerakote-finished steel that are even better. No matter which version you prefer, at the heart of these blades is 5160 spring steel, granting insane toughness to these tools. We’re going to break down what makes these new versions special and what tasks you will want to tackle with each Compadre.

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The Best Pocket Knives for Camping, Hiking, Bushcraft & Survival

While we would always recommend a good fixed blade for camping there’s plenty of scenarios where you’d want a good folder at your side as well. Not everyone is comfortable carrying a fixed blade or maybe you’re looking for a nice backup/complement to your larger knife. In some cases, you may not even be able to carry a fixed blade. Luckily if you need to go with a folder there are a ton of great options out there and we’ve pulled our top ten for you to consider.

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Knife Center’s Best-Selling Knives of 2018

Let’s take a look at some of 2018’s greatest knife hits from Knife Center. These are knives that you guys just couldn’t get enough of and we sold more of than any other knives. Here’s the rundown:

 

Spyderco SpyderHawk Salt Folding Knife

 

 

So, we’ve sold a lot of Spyderco knives this year, including a lot of the Para 3, but what really surprised us was the SpyderHawk Salt. This is one of our top-selling Spydercos of the year, and it has to be because of how distinctive it is. This folding knife would make a great dive knife because it features a fully serrated hawkbill blade with Spyderco’s H1 steel. That’s right, this knife is a part of Spyderco’s Salt Series, which means it’s virtually impervious to rust, making it great for use in marine environments.

 

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Top 5 Sub-$100 Knives with S30V or S35VN Steel

CPM-S30V and CPM-S35VN stainless steels were developed by Crucible Industries, an American company that produces specialty steels. They worked with famous knife makers like Chris Reeve to create new steels specifically to be used for knives. First came the well-balanced S30V with its amazing edge retention and high corrosion resistance. Then S35VN came along and upped the ante in regards to toughness and its ability to be polished. Some may argue that S30V has lost its super steel status because it has become so prevalent in the EDC knife world. At KnifeCenter, we still hold high regard for S30V and S35VN steel – their Particle Metallurgy construction adds additional toughness thanks to the very refined grain structure, and the vanadium in their composition helps these knives cut better than those that rely on a higher chromium count. In layman’s terms: these knives cut, and cut very well.

If you’re thinking, “yeah, that’s great and all, but I can’t really afford a knife with such high quality steel”, we agree – these steels come at a price. There are plenty of mid-tech knives out there sporting S35VN steel that can easily cost you four-hundred bucks. We understand the importance of having top-notch steel, though, so we’ve pulled together our top five sub-$100 knives with S30V or S35VN steel. Now you can enjoy a premium EDC knife without losing a big chunk of your paycheck.

 

Cold Steel 58PS Code 4 Spear Point Folding Knife

 

 

Cold Steel’s Code 4 folder utilizes their world-renowned Tri-Ad lock, which was designed by Andrew Demko to be one of the strongest knife locking mechanisms on the planet. Why S35VN over S30V? Cold Steel is a known purveyor of some of the toughest knives out there, and S30V does have a reputation for micro-bevel chipping during tough use. S35VN’s elemental composition improves that aspect of the steel, so it’s a better option if you’re looking to do some more serious cutting work. Also, this knife perfectly shows off S35VN’s ability to be polished compared to S30V – just look at that high satin shine. This knife gives you all the cutting power of high quality steel in a lightweight package that perfectly complements any EDC.

 

 

Buck 347 Vantage Pro Large Folding Knife

 

 

In our opinion, the Vantage is one of the best affordable everyday carry knives on the market. From the molded nylon/CNC-contoured G10 handles to the dual steel liners, this American-made folder’s built to be a knife that you actually use every day – EDC isn’t just a title with this one. Joe Talmadge, a master of blade geometry, claims the S30V steel you’ll find on this knife might be the ultimate in high-end stainless steels thanks to its superior performance and sharpenability compared to other super steels in its class.

 

 

Kizer Cutlery Sliver Folding Knife

 

 

The Kizer Sliver’s sleek design is complemented by the high end materials – S35VN steel and uniquely worked aluminum handles. This knife is precision machined and engineered to the finest tolerances. While the S35VN steel is the cherry on top of this cake, it’s the orange handle that sets this knife apart. The overall shape gives off serious trapper knife vibes, and we are into it.

 

 

White River Knives Backpacker Fixed Blade

 

 

White River Knives doesn’t get the recognition that it should. In our experience, all we’ve seen from this knife company are truly great products. In fact, this is one of our favorite skeletonized neck knives on the production market. White River rounded the finger cut out so perfectly on the Backpacker that ‘comfortable’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. S30V steel is perfect for skinning knives and neck knives because its bailiwick is precision cutting. The Kydex sheath allows you to wear the knife on your belt in two ways, or around your neck if you attach a lanyard.

 

 

Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife

 

 

 

To round out the list, we’ve got one of Spyderco’s greatest knife designs of all time paired with S30V steel. In some knives, it’s obvious certain materials are the reason for the price – be it premium steel or Micarta scales. With the Native 5, you’re getting an all-around great knife. Compared to the standard Delica or Endura’s VG-10 steel, the S30V is a pretty big upgrade. Many say this is Spyderco’s best pocket knife option on the market, and we have to agree – this knife easily rivals the performance of knives double its value.

 

There you have it – KnifeCenter’s top 5 sub-$100 knives with S30V or S35VN steel. There are other options out there, but we honestly feel that these knives provide some of the best bang for your buck. Now that these super steels are becoming much more common in the EDC knife market, prices are just going to become more and more accessible to a wider range of people. In our opinion, that’s the best way to run the knife game – because everyone should have steel in their pocket. Why not make it some of the best?

 

The Top Five Best Buck Knives

When you think of some of the best hunting knives and camping knives in the business, Buck Knives springs to mind faster than the action on one of their folders. The Buck name is synonymous with the outdoor knife world, mostly because of Buck Knives’ century-long endeavor to produce high-quality tools that give people what they need. Back in 1902, Hoyt Buck, a blacksmith apprentice at the time, started making knives by hand with worn-out file blades – a method still used today by many knifemakers and an appropriate beginning for a company that now offers one of the best-selling folding hunters on the market.

With such a long history of making great knives, weeding through their entire knife collection to find the top five best Buck Knives was no easy feat. Luckily, when it comes to knives there’s nothing we won’t do to make sure you have the best performing tools in your arsenal. Check out KnifeCenter’s picks for the top five best Buck Knives – you won’t be disappointed!

 

Buck 110 Folding Hunter

 

 

 

Let’s start off with Buck Knives’ most iconic knife, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter. It is so widely recognized that knife enthusiasts and non-knife users alike think of this particular model when they hear the words “Buck Knife”. Just like other proprietary eponyms such as Kleenex and Xerox, the phrase “Buck Knife” has been used to describe almost any lockback of this style.

This is undoubtedly one of the best-selling knives that Buck offers, and it remains one of the most recognizable and popular knives ever created. This knife design changed the game when it was first conceived in 1963 when Buck decided to develop the ultimate folding utility and hunting knife. The Buck 110’s sturdy design gives hunters a great tool without all the bulk of a fixed blade. It’s no shock that this knife is one of the most copied knife designs out there, but nothing can stand up to the real deal. With its strong lockback mechanism and refined aesthetics, the Buck 110 has been a top pick by knife enthusiasts for years.

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BUCK Knives USA Made Fillet Knives


Buck Knives American Made Fillet Knives

Buck Knives is a great American manufacturer. So, when they bring back production on products from China to the US, we applaud their support of American workers. Their products are always first rate and the new line of Clearwater fillet knives made in the Idaho factory attest to the great design and quality control that made them world famous. This new line is available in a variety of sizes, for all kinds of fishermen. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck TravelMate Kit Sandwich Knife and Fork Utility Set

Buck TravelMate Kit Sandwich Knife and Fork Utility Set
Buck TravelMate Kit Sandwich Knife and Fork Utility Set
Buck Knives is always inventive and they have released a great, new picnic-type set. The knife is a flexible sandwich knife with a serrated edge and eco-friendly handle. The sheath also holds a fork/combo tool that has a bottle opener and a can opener. It’s very cool! And, its all made by Buck Knives in the USA!
You are welcome to view them at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck 770 FlashPoint SafeSpin Folding Knives

Buck 770 FlashPoint SafeSpin Folding Knives
Buck 770 FlashPoint SafeSpin Folding Knives
Every year Buck Knives comes out with a really cool knife for the camping, hiking, outdoor set. This year it is the Flashpoint, and it may be the coolest one yet. The Flashpoint features a clip AND a carabiner for ease of carry. The blade features a side-handle lock that keeps the blade closed, as well as open. The Flashpoint also utilizes SpinSafe ridges at the top, allowing you to open and close the knife quickly while staying free of the edge.
You can see this series at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck Knives Introduces a New Classic!

Buck Fixed Blade Ranger Knife
Buck Knives Introduces a New Classic!
Buck Knives has done it again! Created in the inimitable style of the Buck Folding Hunters, this new fixed blade Ranger Knife is bound to be a hit. Using the Buck 420HC steel that made the others so famous, and featuring the same handle and bolster material, we see this knife as being a regular for many years. The look and feel is all Buck USA.
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