Buck knives are large knives characterized by wide blades and a unique blade tip. Their blades are clipped at the dull side of the tip, and often sharpened to create a double edge. Also known as bowie knives, buck knives were traditionally used for fighting and combat and were often heavy and bulky. Most modern buck knives are designed for general outdoor use and are commonly used in camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Types of Buck Knives
Kinds of Buck Knives include the following:
Fixed-blade buck knives have blades attached at a fixed position to the handle. They are more durable and sturdy than folding buck knives. Traditional designs include a piece of metal between the blade and the handle, called the tang, which serves as a grip and ornament. They usually come with blade sheaths to prevent the blade from accidentally cutting during transport.
Folding blade buck knives have hinged blades that fold into the the handle. This makes them more compact and safer to carry, since the blade is covered and does not take up space. Some models include other features such as various knife tips and specialized tools.
Choosing Buck Knives (Buying tips)
Sharpening: Choose a buck knife that can stay sharp despite rough use such as when cutting through hard bone or frozen items. Look for a thin but rigid blade with a rubber sheath to keep the blade from rusting over and losing its sharpness. Make sure the blade is easy to sharpen when it starts to dull.
Durability: Choose a buck knife with a solid construction and made with durable materials. Make sure the blade is rustproof and the handle is water-resistant. For folding knives, check the hinges and make sure they are tight and firm. Fixed blades should come with thick sheaths to protect the blade from the elements.
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