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.
Best suited for skinning game. The tip is narrow, while the wide curved belly gives a nice skinning sweep that aids in getting through thick layers. The downward angled, more blunt point makes it harder to make an accidental slice through the hide.
I drooled over my black handled 118 until I saved up enough lawn mowing money to buy one at the local sport shop, probably 48 years ago. This thing holds a nice edge while working on whole deer. The thin blade is perfect for cutting around bones and it fits my hand just right. This one has been in my hunting pack for a long time.