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BUCK'S “AMERICAN COMMITMENT” TAKES MORE STEPS FORWARDMay 8, 2009
POST FALLS, IDAHO Step by step, Buck Knives continues to fulfill the promise of their “American Commitment.” Still with its primary focus on making as many knives as possible in their Idaho plant and greatly reducing offshore outsourcing, Buck has announced that they are bringing back six of their most popular and economical folding knives.
Starting in June 2009 and continuing through the summer, all four of Buck's Bantam series (Models 283, 284, 285 and 286) start USA production. All four of these compact, lightweight folders with convenient mid-lock design have a drop-point 420HC steel blade, and comfortable handles made of black, textured thermoplastic. The smallest is the 283 with a 1-7/8” blade. It's only 3” closed and weighs just 0.6 oz., and fits nicely on a key chain. The other three, in graduated sizes up to the largest 286, all have blades with one-hand deployment and have a lanyard hole. Both the 285 and 286 also have a black stainless steel clip. The largest, the 286, has a 3-5/8” blade, is 5-1/8” closed and weighs 3.2 oz. Shipping of these new American-made Bantams will phased in as inventory of imported models phases out. Bantam MSRPs range from $15 to $27.
The other two popular small folders being brought home are the 325 Colleague and the 326 Scholar. Both offer a striking contemporary design and the convenience of one-hand deployment, with a 1-7/8” drop point blade made of 420HC stainless steel. They are 2-3/4” closed and weigh just 1.3 oz., so they are easy to carry in your pocket. The Colleague has a satin-finish stainless steel blade and handle, and the Scholar's blade and handle are mirror-polished.
“Our plan is to start producing these two models in the Fall of 2009, with the actual introduction to the market not yet determined,” said CJ Buck, president and CEO of the 107-year-old family knife making company. “We plan to hold the suggested retail to the same prices as those that had been outsourced to China -- $22 for the Colleague, $26 for the Scholar.”