Has a thumb stud, blade hole or other feature to facilitate one-hand use. Some models are one-hand opening and one-hand closing as well..
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.
This blade is full bellied with a strong, thick point for heavier tasks. It can also be used as a general work knife. The top of the blade drops down toward the tip, which minimizes accidental puncturing while skinning. The drop point blade is strong and very versatile.
It's been more than a week since I got my Carbon Fiber Buck Apex. The Apex is a ultralight, minimalistic EDC frame lock folder. Here are the specs: Weight: 1.7 oz. Blade: 2.62" drop point Blade material: 420HC with a black titanium coating Frame material: Buck says it is titanium but it attracts a magnet the same as the blade, which it would not if it were titanium. (I am guessing it is some flavor of ferritic stainless steel with the same titanium coating as the blade.) Scale Material: Solid Carbon Fiber Lock: Frame E lock First impressions: It is incredibly light, but very solid. Deployment is smooth and easily opened one handed thanks to an elongated hole in the blade. It was initially stiff, not flickable. The frame lock is what Buck describes as an E-Lock. The lock bar, instead of being on the edge of the frame as it is with most frame locks, is cut interior to the frame leaving the edge solid. This is a clever design for a knife where that edge is a primary gripping surface. Lockup is solid and leaves no play in the blade. The kerf cutting out the lock bar is incredible thin; making me suspect it was laser cut. The blade centering is spot on. The Carbon Fiber scale is reduced almost to a blade cover but still provides a solid anchor for the pivot. The pivot screws on both the frame and scale sides are backed by large washers. On the carbon fiber side these distribute the load and on the frame side, the washer also limits the lock bar's travel. I was pleasantly surprised that the Apex provided a crowded but usable four finger grip for my medium to large hands. The gimping on the top of the blade nicely anchored my thumb. All in all, a very comfortable, solid grip. This brings us to carry options. There are three. There is a thin pocket clip. There is also a built-in carabineer. (The carabineer also serves as a bottle opener.) And last, the pocket clip can be removed because the Apex is small enough to just drop into your pocket jack knife style. The blade came sharp out of the box and I have high expectations for the 420HC steel, as this is the same steel Buck has been using in its signature 110 knives since the '90s. Overall: Very solid and comfortable for a knife this size and weight Tuneup tweaks: I tend to tweak and fuss over every knife I get. The Apex didn't need much For comfort, I took off the sharp edges from the carbon fiber and frame. Then I lubed the pivot with gun oil. I added a lanyard around the rear spacer. While my Apex was on order, I emailed Buck and asked if there was room to do this. I didn’t get there response until after the lanyard had been on for three days. They said it couldn’t be done Finally, I stropped the blade a few times to tweak the already sharp edge and it was good to go. Current impressions: I have carried the Apex every day since I got it. I no longer think of it as a small knife, it is just "my knife". It surprisingly is the one that goes into my pocket everyday. Deployment has gotten easier but still isn't "flickable" Thoughts and recommendations Enlarge the carbon fiber to match frame contour for comfort. Right now the bottom of the grip is just one material thickness, about 0.090”. Extending the CF would increase that more than 3X to almost 0.300. this could be done everywhere except where you would need to access the lockbar to release it. In keeping with the minimalist design,the Apex is held together with just three Torx screws per side, the pivot, the stop pin and the spacer at the far end of the knife. That's good. Even better, all three screws are the same and use the same tool. This makes the knife easy to service. Unfortunately, that tool is a T6 which to my mind is too easy to strip. While I appreciate the desire to save weight, I'd redesign the Apex to accommodate T8 screws and make an already robust knife bulletproof. Personal preference here, I feel better with a bit of a finger stop. Bonus points if that coud work as a flipper. A real lanyard hole And my fantasy mod: a ball bearing pivot for kick a$$ deployment.
I love this knife. the handle is absolutely gorgeous!
I love the extreme low weight and slim profile. No thumb studs to snag or scratch your pinky when you reach into your front pocket and it's clipped there. Nice blade design, good steel holds an edge well. Carabiner clip can double as a bottle opener. This is the most comfortable EDC (Every Day Carry) pocket knife on the market. The unlocking lever is beautifully placed for sturdy handling when locked open, but ease of folding when the cutting is done. I am very impressed at all the design features that skeletonize the handle to lower the carrying weight: Cutaway handle design, holes, long slot cut into the blade for one-handed thumb opening. Didn’t care for the handle finish on my carbon fiber model. In pictures it looks like it’s textured to assist gripping, but in reality it’s a decal or print on a flat surface. There is one thing that is so poorly designed, I actually had to take off two stars: The clip. I can't emphasize enough how frustrating it is to try to clip this knife into your pocket while wearing denim jeans. It's too tight, and the bent-up portion of the tip is just too small to work on a stitched denim jeans pocket. Not sure how someone could design a pocket knife that won't work on your denim jeans pocket. I spent an hour with the pliers trying to improve the curve of the clip but finally gave up, as it just couldn't be bent into a functional position. I finally decided to just remove the clip entirely and carry the knife loose in my pocket. One other note – this knife is not for left-handers. The handle design blocks the thumb hole for lefties. This would be vastly improved by making this into an assisted-opening flipper design. Buck is really on the cutting edge with some of its design choices to make this the slimmest and lightest pocket knife on the market, but that clip needs to be shorter, wider, and curved to accommodate a denim pocket.