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.
I GOT THIS KNIFE IN DECEMBER 2010 I GOT TO USE IT THAT JANUARY TO SQUIRRL HUNT TILL JANUARY 31 THEN PUT IT AWAY STILL FACTORY EDGE AT TIME. GOT IT OUT SEPTEMBER 2011 WENT SQUIRRL HUNTING WITH IT AND USED IT ON A FEW SQUIRRL'S NOW DEC 2011 "GUN SEASON" IN OHIO FOR DEER HUNTING I ENDED UP GETTING A LITTLE 4 POINT BUCK AND USED MY 673 MAXLITE AND MY 679 MAXLITE GUTHOOK USED THEM BOTH TO FIELD DRESS MY DEEER. BOTH OF THESE KNIVES HAVE NEVER CAUSED ME ANY ISSUE THEY ALWAYS GET RAZOR SHARP YEAR AFTER YEAR I PROB SHARPEN MY BUCK HUNTING KNIVES ABOUT 5-6 TIMES FROM SEPT TILL JANUARY WHEN HUNTING SEASON ENDS. THEN THEY JUST STAY LOCKED UP TILL THE FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER TILL TIME TO SQUIRRL HUNT AGAIN.
I got the knife while hunting for a new woodcraft/bushcraft knife because I kept reading "full tang was the way to go" and I bought this on a whim. Since I've purchased it, the knife has held up well and I plan to keep it in my pack for years to come. It holds a good edge and can be use for almost any activity. The only thing I have found wrong with it is that the over all size is just a little too small. But if that's the reason you choose not to buy this knife then you're an idiot.