Commonly known as spring steel, 5160 has excellent shock absorbing properties making it resilient to shattering and extremely durable as a knife steel. We harden to 57-58 Rc to maximize its performance.
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.
Love this Hood Thug knife. It feels very good in the hand, is balanced well, and just feels well made. It's such a perfect length for a large knife. Although I am still a skeptic of high carbon steel, like in this blade, and some heavy chopping of wood unfortunately led to the steel breaking in half in two places in the handle, (there is thin metal in the tang and I believe it was defective), I was told to send it in by a gentleman that I spoke with on the phone from Buck Knives Warranty. I sent the knife in with their turnaround time of 4+ weeks hoping it would be a little sooner. I knew I would not have it before the next camping trip. Well it turned out someone on the phone was listening when I told them my story. Their Warranty Department, without my knowing, rushed out my replacement the same day they received it. Plus they sent it like almost next day air or something, it was delivered back to me so soon that I had thought they had refused my shipment and had the carrier send it back to me. A brand new knife is what I got and I was impressed. Thanks Buck for doing such a rapid replacement with no questions asked. -Dan
First off the name is just stupid, what this line's nomenclature has to do with woodscraft escapes me. That aside I find the Thug to be an impressive knife. The weight forward design lends to chopping and hacking yet with the included finger choil you can choke up on the blade for better cutting control or shaving control. The ridges on the blade spine and handle facilitate grip as well. The handle itself is ok, it could use some swell in the design versus the flat scales. This set back can be improved upon with para cord wrap or use of gloves. The sheath is just fine, I prefer a form fitted kydex sheath like Cold Steel offers on their large knives of similar type but with some modification the sheath works for me. Mine is a true woods knife, not a tactical mutant nazi zombie slayer. I don't care about fast acquisition. The front pocket is too small for my uses so as I said the mods I made allow the sheath to work fine for me. I have owned and used Buck knives for over 30 years. I have always been pleased. This knife is a great addition to Buck's future in the knife market. My search to find a heavier knife led me to settle on the Ka-Bar BK line or this one. Either would meet my needs. Having handled both the weight forward design won me over along with the finger choil.