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.
I received my 118 (black handle) in 1968 as a present from my dad. Needless to say, I was impressed, which is saying a lot because there was very little that I allowed to impress me when I was a teenager. I collect knives and have several other Knives that I could carry when deer hunting but the Buck 118 is the one that is always on my hip. Anybody else that has used my knife when we are field dressing a deer is always impressed with how it handles and the uniform comment is "nice knife". My Buck Knife is the standard against which I evaluate all other knives.
There's not much more to say. Great blade. Great Appearance. Ultra sturdy.
I can't be certain of how old my 118 knife is but its so special to me you can never really understand. My uncle Brian is th reason I am a hunter and have three boys two of which are hunters also. When I was 12 my uncle encouraged me to take my Hunter Safty class. I completed it and he began teaching me how to shoot. Starting with a .22lr and working into a pump 20 ga. When I was 23 my uncle Brian lost his second battle with cancer and left me his Buck 118. It was given to him by my grandfather who is now struggling with the same type of cancer. I will continue to hunt and clean every deer I shoot with that knife till the day the good Lord calls me home and I will pass it on to one of my sons. I can only hope to be able to give each of my boys a 118 some day
I have no clue how old this knife is , all I know is my grandpa let me use with knives when I was real young probably 5-6 years, anyways he gave me my 118 around the same age. The thing fits my hand perfect and sharpening is very easy I dont think a better knife could be conceived.
My first Buck was a 110 while in high school, in ILL, then after graduation I got my 118. I used it to cut an anchor rope on the white river in Ark. to save a swim in that trout river. Then moved to WI. in "69 and started cleaning deer with it, still am. I collect knives, have all brands and shapes, still carry my 118 for hunting, best ever. Love it!
It is one of the best knives' I have ever gotten but it had a bit of a cosmetic problem that was easy to take care of, most likely bass pros fault.
I bought my 118 back in the early 70's, has been used alot and still holds an edge and looks new. It is on its second sheath. Keep up the good work!
i recently got one from pre 1986 and it was coverd in deer blood i couldnt get a edge on it and i couldnt get it clean i wanted a good edc knive but this is more of a skinner