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 bought my buck Kalinga in the late 80's. I have never used it because I got it to collect. I still have the presentation box it came with and the knife still has an edge that will slice paper into 1/8 inch strips and impresses my friends. This knife will stay with me until I die.
I have new Buck 401 Kalinga, production code 2014 year, I have in my collection more than 30 Buck knives, but Kalinga is a Superlative in every way! The best knife ever!
Long story. about 1985 I was talking to a gun dealer of which I had expressed an intrest in knives. He pulls out this dust coverd box that said " BUCK KALINGA " with a Buck Kalinga fitted inside a rotted away silk line ing. The box had a bit of mould growing on it, but not much, the knife rested in a cutout in the silk and the sheath was held at the top of the box by elastic straps. It also included the original owners manual, and i was able to register it as the original owner, as the guy who bought it first did't do that! So the gun dealer tells me some guy needed to borrow 65 bucks from him way back in the early 70's and gave him this knife as collateral. the gun dealer tells me this story and ain't ever seen the guy since. I show up 3 weeks later and tell the dealer I wanna pay off that guy's debt to him an place 65 bucks on the counter. He said quite a few years have passed and that guy owes me intrest! I said I just came to pay his debt and take collateral, it's up to You to get Your intrest! I walked out of His shop with a Kalinga, back when they were made by hand with micarta handles in a fancy box from 1970 for 65 bucks! Sharp as Hell to this day, perfect shape and I've used it plenty. That gun dealer is long dead by now, I got an exclusive knife with a great story! I'd like to find out if the box it came in could be restored, it ain't in bad shape, just needs the liner replaced.
I purchased my Kalinga new and will always be one of my Buck knife keepers! It is an original model that I bought many many years ago.