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Old 04-01-2011, 05:42 PM   #1921
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Thanks for the compliments, guys. This little run gives me hope that I might actually be able to make a living on this hobby someday, if I can keep developing the customer base and churning out product.


Time to go to the shop.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:45 PM   #1922
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Thanks for the compliments, guys. This little run gives me hope that I might actually be able to make a living on this hobby someday, if I can keep developing the customer base and churning out product.


Time to go to the shop.
And how much does a knife like that cost?
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:54 PM   #1923
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:54 PM   #1924
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And how much does a knife like that cost?

I originally asked $300 for this blade, which is less than I would have if I'd had to forge-weld the chain myself... I got it from a fellow knifemaker, which cut my cost considerably. My customer has been generous, though, and tipped me a bit more than what I asked for.

Generally speaking, 300-500 seems to be my range for basic knives of modern steel, with a nice but not seriously exotic furniture. Mammoth Ivory, for instance, bumps price up a lot, because the material is not cheap to start with. Woods I can get my hands on easy enough, don't command a premium of their own.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:34 PM   #1925
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I just received a Buck Vanguard. I wanted a "working man's", priced knife that could be used for general camp, hunt and fieldcraft duty. I wanted a stainless steel, drop point blade between 3" and 4" long for good, fine cutting control. I also wanted a blade that had good "belly", for strength. I also wanted it to be American made and one that was pleasing to the eye. I did a lot of research and chose this Buck. This is an excellent knife and designed by someone that has "been there, done that", came back, and designed a solid, well thought out, field tool.

The knife arrived razor sharp, nicely boxed, with a business card that had Buck's clearly stated "Forever Warranty". The flip side of the card had a personal message from Chuck Buck, Chairman/Owner of Buck Knives.

The quality and workmanship of this knife is top notch. I put it to some whittling on a piece of aged 2X8 pine I have for edge testing and was able to shave nice, tight curls of .010" thickness, no problem. I ran approximately 70 shaves and the edge was still perfect. Making a good "feather stick", would be simple with this blade. A nicely shaped ergonomic handle with a slight palm swell made it handle easily and comfortably. The spine thickness measures out to .137", plenty thick enough for a 4.25" long blade with a 3.75" long cutting edge. Plenty of backbone with lots of spare material for re-sharpening due to the deep belly and relief cut in front of the finger guard.

I don't baton with knives as a general rule, though this knife would probably be OK in a limited capacity (I prefer a light axe for splitting). The back of the blade is squared well and produces great sparks from a Swedish Army Fire Steel.

The only criticism I have of this knife is that Buck should look into putting some thumb grip cross cuts on the spine just forward of the finger guard to improve control of the blade. This would also help with control of the blade when using it upside down for the initial split of the belly of a game animal. Not a biggie, as I can do this myself with a Dremel tool (and will do to this to this knife). I've field dressed quite a few white tailed deer over the past 40 years and I think this would be a nice improvement. I like to use a surgical latex glove on my knife hand when field dressing to improve overall grip on a knife handle, just the thumb cuts (or when inverted, for index finger control), would be all I'd want.

I don't work for Buck Knives. Just wanted to pass this along to you guys that are maybe put off by the price of some of the knives you've seen on this thread. You can have a top quality "do it all", knife and not have to sell your first born to get it.

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:49 PM   #1926
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I just received a Buck Vanguard. I wanted a "working man's", priced knife that could be used for general camp, hunt and fieldcraft duty. I wanted a stainless steel, drop point blade between 3" and 4" long for good, fine cutting control. I also wanted a blade that had good "belly", for strength. I also wanted it to be American made and one that was pleasing to the eye. I did a lot of research and chose this Buck. This is an excellent knife and designed by someone that has "been there, done that", came back, and designed a solid, well thought out, field tool.

The knife arrived razor sharp, nicely boxed, with a business card that had Buck's clearly stated "Forever Warranty". The flip side of the card had a personal message from Chuck Buck, Chairman/Owner of Buck Knives.

The quality and workmanship of this knife is top notch. I put it to some whittling on a piece of aged 2X8 pine I have for edge testing and was able to shave nice, tight curls of .010" thickness, no problem. I ran approximately 70 shaves and the edge was still perfect. Making a good "feather stick", would be simple with this blade. A nicely shaped ergonomic handle with a slight palm swell made it handle easily and comfortably. The spine thickness measures out to .137", plenty thick enough for a 4.25" long blade with a 3.75" long cutting edge. Plenty of backbone with lots of spare material for re-sharpening due to the deep belly and relief cut in front of the finger guard.

I don't baton with knives as a general rule, though this knife would probably be OK in a limited capacity (I prefer a light axe for splitting). The back of the blade is squared well and produces great sparks from a Swedish Army Fire Steel.

The only criticism I have of this knife is that Buck should look into putting some thumb grip cross cuts on the spine just forward of the finger guard to improve control of the blade. This would also help with control of the blade when using it upside down for the initial split of the belly of a game animal. Not a biggie, as I can do this myself with a Dremel tool (and will do to this to this knife). I've field dressed quite a few white tailed deer over the past 40 years and I think this would be a nice improvement. I like to use a surgical latex glove on my knife hand when field dressing to improve overall grip on a knife handle, just the thumb cuts (or when inverted, for index finger control), would be all I'd want.

I don't work for Buck Knives. Just wanted to pass this along to you guys that are maybe put off by the price of some of the knives you've seen on this thread. You can have a top quality "do it all", knife and not have to sell your first born to get it.

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I have an example of what seems to be the same design. It is marked Buck 692, has a rubber handle, and the brass is not polished. It is a great knife with good ergonomics.
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:28 AM   #1927
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You can have a top quality "do it all", knife and not have to sell your first born to get it.
Nice writeup and pictures, and just how much was it?
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:56 AM   #1928
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I just received a Buck Vanguard. I wanted a "working man's", priced knife that could be used for general camp, hunt and fieldcraft duty. I wanted a stainless steel, drop point blade between 3" and 4" long for good, fine cutting control. I also wanted a blade that had good "belly", for strength. I also wanted it to be American made and one that was pleasing to the eye. I did a lot of research and chose this Buck. This is an excellent knife and designed by someone that has "been there, done that", came back, and designed a solid, well thought out, field tool.

The knife arrived razor sharp, nicely boxed, with a business card that had Buck's clearly stated "Forever Warranty". The flip side of the card had a personal message from Chuck Buck, Chairman/Owner of Buck Knives.

The quality and workmanship of this knife is top notch. I put it to some whittling on a piece of aged 2X8 pine I have for edge testing and was able to shave nice, tight curls of .010" thickness, no problem. I ran approximately 70 shaves and the edge was still perfect. Making a good "feather stick", would be simple with this blade. A nicely shaped ergonomic handle with a slight palm swell made it handle easily and comfortably. The spine thickness measures out to .137", plenty thick enough for a 4.25" long blade with a 3.75" long cutting edge. Plenty of backbone with lots of spare material for re-sharpening due to the deep belly and relief cut in front of the finger guard.

I don't baton with knives as a general rule, though this knife would probably be OK in a limited capacity (I prefer a light axe for splitting). The back of the blade is squared well and produces great sparks from a Swedish Army Fire Steel.

The only criticism I have of this knife is that Buck should look into putting some thumb grip cross cuts on the spine just forward of the finger guard to improve control of the blade. This would also help with control of the blade when using it upside down for the initial split of the belly of a game animal. Not a biggie, as I can do this myself with a Dremel tool (and will do to this to this knife). I've field dressed quite a few white tailed deer over the past 40 years and I think this would be a nice improvement. I like to use a surgical latex glove on my knife hand when field dressing to improve overall grip on a knife handle, just the thumb cuts (or when inverted, for index finger control), would be all I'd want.

I don't work for Buck Knives. Just wanted to pass this along to you guys that are maybe put off by the price of some of the knives you've seen on this thread. You can have a top quality "do it all", knife and not have to sell your first born to get it.

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Great looking knife Bought one last year for the same purpose. Good luck
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:34 PM   #1929
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Gorgeous.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:44 PM   #1930
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I have an example of what seems to be the same design. It is marked Buck 692, has a rubber handle, and the brass is not polished. It is a great knife with good ergonomics.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:14 PM   #1931
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That's the one.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:58 PM   #1932
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Doug Ritter RSK with Kevin Wilkins grips. My favourite "working" knife.
Scott Cook Lochsa.
Only a true Knife Knut would have a Ritter Grip blade with Wilkins Grip scales. That's too cool and it's making me jealous! Very nice Lochsa, too.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:15 PM   #1933
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Thoughts on these for general use sharpening (kitchen, utility, etc.)?

http://www.edgecraft.com/page2a.html
I wouldn't use that on anything I was real fond of.

If you have some nice blades, go ahead and get an Edge Pro.

I have the Apex model for V shaped edges and it works great with just a little practice.

http://edgeproinc.com/

The only powered equipment I would use would be a belt sander for sharpening convex edges. Haven't had a chance to try that out for myself but it's supposed to work great.

If any of you guys are trying to track down a certain model Bark River knife, check out their forum. Most of their dealers read and post there and will tell you if they have what you're looking for.

http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showforum.php?fid/59/
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:57 AM   #1934
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The knife arrived razor sharp, nicely boxed, with a business card that had Buck's clearly stated "Forever Warranty". The flip side of the card had a personal message from Chuck Buck, Chairman/Owner of Buck Knives.

The Buck Forever Warranty is no BS. I have a Buck Folder I bought in 1986. It has dressed every big game animal I've ever shot, and all the ones my boys have shot, plus some of my friends' deer and elk. And a mess of birds.

So I have some emotional attachment to the knife. A few years back, I was field dressing a deer, and got sloppy and snapped the tip of the knife off busting apart the pelvis bone. I called Buck and asked about getting the blade replaced.

They did the work, and reconditioned the rest of the knife as new, and would not accept money. I told them several times it was from my abuse and not the fault of the knife in any way. I picked up the knife in person at their plant in Post Falls ID as I was traveling through.

"This is a forever warranty, Mr. Roberts. There is no charge. Thank you for choosing Buck Knives."

That's a good company.
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Damn.

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