We consider this the absolute best blade steel available, and it is made in America. S30V contains carbon as well as high amounts of Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium. This steel combines fantastic edge retention and high ductility combined with corrosion resistance. Double-tempered - it can be hardened to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 59.5-61. However, it is difficult to resharpen yourself, but we do offer sharpening services for a nominal fee.
This is Buck's standard blade material because it approaches the wear resistance of high carbon alloys while delivering the corrosion resistance of chromium stainless steels. Add our exclusive heat-treat process and you have a very user-friendly combination of superior corrosion resistance with excellent strength for wear resistance and durability. You also have a blade that is easy to resharpen. For best performance we harden to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 58.
I ordered a custom 112 Ranger from Buck. The craftsmanship is superb. Years ago I swore not to buy another buck product after snapping a 103 in 2. Am i glad i changed my mine. I chose cherry blanks, black 420 blade, finger grooves and rivets. I can tell you its one pretty knife. It far surpasses the Case that i have carried for more than 30 years. I would like to send a special thanks to the craftsman who built her, it will be an heirloom that i will be proud to carry and pass down, WHAT A KNIFE!!!!!!! T he only complaint i have is it would look better in a brown sheath with a basket weave pattern. Maybe ill just make my own.
For me the dimensions of this knife are almost perfect. I have large hands but prefer to work with a shorter blade, under 4". As a result I find that most hunting knives have either a blade that is a little too long, or a handle that is a little to small. More than any other knife I've used this knife seems to be sized just right, both the handle and the blade. I've used it for everything from cleaning fish, to quartering moose and elk. The steel is good enough to handle most jobs, it wont quarter an elk without needing a touch up at partway through, but it will dress and skin a deer with only a few swipes needed to bring it back to shaving sharp. Its plenty of knife for anything you can reasonably ask of it.
After $200 and 5+ weeks of waiting for my personalized ranger knife I recieved it. Eager to open the box, I did so and was greatly surprised as I looked at the customization of my knife. Instead of engraving AMC the engraving read AMG. The G must be for Genius at work. No this was not a mistake on my part, as I took a screen shot of my previewed knife during my order when it was placed. Now I was told they will "buff" it out and redo it. BS for $200 bucks on a knife I should be getting a new bolster, not one buffed. I should also be getting expedited shipping on the return package. Buck Knives you guys and gals must be kidding me. This is not quality service. At all.
Also want to mention that this knife is finished beautifully and besides, how many places can you go to design your own American made classic tradition? Kudos BUCK!
I love the knife, now for the knit picking. High polish blade-10, wish it had nickle silver bolsters as an option. Now the Elk scales. To me, could have been better matched along the spine. On one side it doesn't fill the frame. So flat, rivets would have looked good. Initials are cool but very light. Pricey knife but fun to have. I would design another one. And probably will. Fun if you have the bucks. Get it? S.D.
Perfect!!! Ordered for my son to commemorate harvesting his first buck. Finish, engraving, and construction are fantastic. Thank you!
Purchased this custom 112 for every day carry. Just can't do it! It is too perfect. Fit and finish is next to none. This 112 has got to be 1 in a 1,000 in quality. I can't find a flaw in it. That's it...now in going to have to find an old one and start carrying it. Just can't talk myself in to carrying this beautiful S30V with elk scales!
I just ordered this awesome knife and received it few days ago. Not only was it packaged beautifully, the custom knife is my most awesome and beautiful knife of all the buck knives I have and I have a lot of buck knives. I recommend this knife to have for your collection.. I give it 5 stars.. Dan
My father purchased my Buck 112 when I was 10 years old. I must admit, Buck has sent me a new sheath. My bird dog puppy found it to be a great chew toy. This is the only product issue I have had. I have sharpened the blade once. There is no telling how many deer it has skinned, ducks, quail, dove, and pheasant it has cleaned, frog legs it has prepared, and fish it has eviscerated. I own a collection of knives... Case, Boker, and custom hand made just to name a few. The Buck 112 is second to none!
I had been debating on having a 112 made for several months before I actually bought one. I have two 112s, one was a gift from my great-grandfather and the other was a silver nickel bolster anniversary that I found at a garage sale. I love them both and I use them frequently. I had just toured the Buck Knives factory and I really wanted to get myself a gift for making it into an MBA program. I pulled the trigger and got the S30V finger groove with Elk bolsters. It is a beautiful knife! The quality is stunning, much better than the stock knives. My only complaint is that this knife came with polishing compound caked in the thumb nail slot and around the lock mechanism. Other than that, this was well worth the price and something I will hand down when my time is up.
Just received my custom Buck Ranger 112. Very seldom I write a review on a product but when I seen the quality, fit and finish of the knife I just had to say a big thank you. Very proud to call this Buck Knife mine.
I worked on cutting down cardboard boxes for 20 minutes, the 420HC steel held quite well during that test. I chose finger grooves for my knife, which makes it fit in hand like a glove and provides more grip, The 112 is also better for smaller hands. Lastly. the Construction is amazing, as there was no problems with the Custom Shop. They know what they're doing. !