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 bought this knife for my father-in-law over 30 years ago. He passed away in 1987 and the knife sat in a desk drawer until 2009 when our town experienced extensive flooding. This knife was wet for about 4 months until my wife and I found it and some other pocket knives. The knife was as good as new. This goes to show the quality and durability of Buck knives.
First post here, and first ever purchase from the Buck Custom Shop. Honestly it was during my youth that I became acquainted with Buck when I purchased my first well, it was called the "Esquire" then but it was the model 501 so the same knife with the original steel tho, and micarta handles. I lost than knife and another that had wood handles bought to replace it. Both of these were knives on me everyday. I carried them like I carried my wallet, in other words all the time. They were sadly missed but somehow other knife brands swayed me from that and about that time the liner was coming out and I played with that. This went on for years and here I am back to the original asking myself why I didn't stick with what worked in the first place! This little knife will be with me for a long time. I hope with the help of the custom kangaroo leather sheath for my pocket that my wife made for me keeps this one snug in my possession because its the finest Buck knife I have owned to date and I've owned quite a few now and good ones! Lock up is as rock solid as anyone could ask! The blade is so well done with such excellent edge geometry that it is a joy to use in the kitchen, the field or the bed of the old flat bed doing various chores with it all the while comfortable in the bare hand. One couldn't ask for more and its so handsome with the horn handles Buck did oh so well! One day I hope this one will be a hand me down to one of my grandsons. Its that nice and based on my original Buck 112 from 1973 when I bought that and how well its held up this one should do just fine. Thanks Buck for knocking one out of the park. Its good to be home!