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.
The crescent tip makes the blade thinner with a sharper point. This shape provides good control for detail work and cutting in tight places. It is also well suited for intentional punctures like new holes in your belt, etc. While the point of the blade is effective for detail work, it's not as strong as the thicker points on drop points and skinners.
The Buck 302 is a solidly made knife. I love how the bolsters and the liners are actually one piece of metal, making the knife stronger. I'm a fan of single blade knives for their simple, clean lines and comfortable grips. The 302 is a very handsome knife, with tight fit and finish. My back spring, liners and blade are perfectly flush when the blade is open. The blade is large enough to be useful for most tasks, from cutting food to whittling to slicing up cardboard. With one blade, the Solitaire is thin and light, made for your pocket. Well done, Buck!
I second the praises sung by the first reviewer and wish to add this: this knife is a work of art. The brass and rosewood are formed into a pleasing shape - a delight to the eye and a pleasure to hold and use. Buck Knives is up front about a commitment to God. I am suspicious whenever I see this language because so many frauds and con men tell you how much they love Jesus. But I believe Buck Knives commitment is serious and sincere. The result is a knife of the best quality. They do their utmost for the Highest. Enough said.
I inherited my grandfather's every day carry stockman (not a Buck, but still a beautiful knife) when he passed in '98. I never used the sheepsfoot or spey blades and found them uncomfortable when gripping the handle during cutting tasks. I retired the stockman for fear of losing or damaging it. Well, thanks to Buck Knives, I have found an equally beautiful and stripped down version of the pocket knife I loved to carry. I certainly hope to pass the Buck on to my grandson one day. I also appreciate Buck's dedication to our Lord and Savior. Awesome work guys.