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.
For great performance when field dressing game, a gut or skinning hook is an ideal tool. We’ve paid careful attention to the angles on the sharpened edge, shape and size of the entry opening and location of the hook on the blade, making a Buck gut hook the best.
I HAVE HAD MY BUCK MAXLITE SINCE SEPTEMBER 2012 . BEFORE THIS I HAD THE BUCK DIAMOND BACK AND IT GOT TO POINT TO WHERE IT WOULD NO LONGER GET SHARP AT ALL I SENT IT BACK TO BUCK. I GOT THE BUCK MAXLITE WITH GUTHOOK AS A REPLACEMANT AND HAVE USED IT SINCE SEPTEMBER 2012 I HAVE USED IT ON MANY OF SQUIRRL'S SINCE OWNING IT AND THIS KNIFE HAS HELD UP GREAT AND ALWAYS AM ABLE TO GET IT RAZOR SHARP TIME AND TIME AGAIN. I REALLY LIKE THE FACT THAT IT IS LIGHT WEIGHT AND EASY TO CLEAN UP AFTER USING IT ON GAME. I HAVE EVEN USED IT TO CUT UP FOOD WHILE OUT HUNTING OR OPENING BAGS OF CHIPS OUT IN WOODS TO SNACK ON. I ALSO OWN THE BUCK 673 THAT I USE TO SQUIRRL HUNT ALSO I EVEN GOT TO USE THE 673 MAXLITE ON MY FOUR POINT BUCK THAT I SHOT IN WINTER OF 2011.
I love this knife. I have the orange version and it is deadly sharp. The guthook opens up bellies like there was a hidden zipper under there and you pulled it. My only concern is that when you clean it water and soap get behind the handle and so it may rust over time.