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 have a handyman business and bought this to use as a tool. This is the best knife I have ever purchased, it is used 6 days a week and not once have I regretted buying it.
Skinned and boned several deer and antelope with it. Rubber grip and thumb ridges on spine provide a sure grip even if your hands are wet or bloody. Needs to be sharpened a few times to get through a whole deer but that's to be expected. I have a few hunting knives I carry in my pack but this is the one that goes on my belt. Actually got this as a door gift at an RMEF dinner. Came in blaze orange which is real nice when working with a headlamp after dusk. Never suspected a freebie would become my favorite but that's Buck Knives for ya. Anyone that understands that 3" blade is all you really need to field process a deer will live this little workhorse.
I got this knife for like $18 at my local camo outlet. A cheezy redneck joint with cheap mil surplus garbage everywhere. This knife was in their relatively pitiful knife case but looked pretty good. When the desk clerk handed it to me, I was really surprised to find out just how much I liked it... how thick the blade was and how solid the rubber felt and the overall weight and feel of the knife. I had been looking for a good all around fixed blade that I could abuse without feeling bad about it so I got it. That was 2008 (I think, but no later than 2009). Since then I have dragged this knife on camping, kayaking, and hunting trips all over the country, skinned dozens of animals with it, and just honestly treated it like crap. I keep it very sharp, but other than that, it doesn't get much special treatment. I have batoned hardwood with this knife and a rock. Minimal marking on the spine was the only effect. Well, that and beautifully split wood. I could not ask for more longevity and performance from an $18 knife than what I've gotten from this one. Would definitely buy again. My only complaint is the piece of crap sheath. It "works" but it certifiably sucks. But hey for the price, who's complaining? Speaking of... anyone know of an aftermarket sheath for this knife?
I OWN SEVERAL OF THIS SERIES AND I CONFESS, MOST ARE THE LARGE ONE. THESE ARE MY "GO TO" GIFT FOR MALE (AND SOME FEMALE) GIFT RECIPIENTS. THESE KNIVES ARE ABSOLUTE QUALITY STEM TO STERN. AMREICAN-MADE, STUNNING QUALITY, SUPERB ENGINEERING, EXCELLENT PRICE POINT AND A SHEATH THAT IS QUITE FUNCTIONAL. ALL ONE NEEDS IN A KNIFE. MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE KNIFE - AND I OWN 50-PLUS KNIVES, INCLUDING MORE THAN 30 BUCKS!
IN DECEMBER 2010 MY NEIGHBOR GOT ME THE BUCK 673 MAXLITE . I GOT TO USE IT THAT JANUARY DURING THE REMAINDER OF SQUIRRL SEASON AND ENDED UP USING IT ON FIVE SQUIRRL'S. THEN USED IT IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011 TO SQUIRRL HUNT ENDED UP GETTING THREE SQUIRRL'S BEFORE DEER SEASON. AND ENDED UP USING IT ON MY FOUR POINT BUCK I SHOT DURING BOW SEASON . THIS KNIFE WORKED GREAT AND REALLY WAS AMAZED AT HOW SHARP IT STAYED WHILE FIELD DRESSING AND CUTTING UP THE DEER. ONLY TIME I HAD TO SHARPEN IT WAS AFTER DOING MY DEER . I HAVE USED IT EVERY YEAR SINCE 2011 AND SO FAR IT HAS DONE EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE PUT IT THROUGH AND HAS ALWAYS SHARPENED REALLY EASY TO GET A EDGE BACK ON IT IF IT IS JUST A LITTLE DULL I CAN HAVE MINE SHARP IN 45 MIN TO 1 HR AND HAVE IT RAZOR SHARP AND READY TO GO WHEN I NEED TO CARRY IT AND USE IT AGAIN . THE 420 HC STEEL IS PROBABLEY THE BEST STEEL I HAVE SEEN ON THE MARKET TODAY. AND I HAVE HAD LOTS OF KNIVES WITH DIFFERANT TYPES OF STEEL THROUGH THE YEARS. I HAVE CARRIED A POCKET KNIFE SINCE I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD . THE OTHER STEEL I HAVE FOUND THAT IS GOOD IS THE SOLIGEN GERMANY STEEL THAT IS USED IN THE BOKER TREE BRAND KNIVES. ALL MY KNIVES I HAVE FOR HUNTING IS THE BUCK BRAND. I GOT THESE BOKER TREE BRAND AS GIFTS FROM MY MOM AND A NEIGHBOR THROUGH THE YEARS . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BUCK KNIVES YOUR KNIVES ARE STRONG AND DURAIBLE AND KEEP ON GOING STRONG.
FOR CHRISTMAS 2010 MY NEIGHBOR GOT ME THE BUCK MAXLITE FIXED BLADE. I CARRIED IT SQUIRRL HUNTING FOR THE REST OF THE HUNTING SEASON TO SQUIRRL HUNT I GOT TO USE IT ON A FEW SQUIRRL'S THAT YEAR. I ALSO CARRIED IT THAT SEPT 2011 TO SQUIRRL HUNT AND ALSO USED IT TO USE ON A DEER THAT I SHOT IN 2011 DEER SEASON AS WELL. IT HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD KNIFE AND HAVE USED IT EVERY YEAR SINCE AND IT SHARPENS OUT LIKE A RAZOR YEAR AFTER YEAR I REALLY ENJOY THIS KNIFE AND USE IT EVERY HUNTING SEASON AND USE IT JUST WALKING THE WOODS AS WELL. EVEN MY FRIENDS I HUNT WITH HAVE USED THIS KNIFE AS WELL AND WAS AMAZED AT HOW SHARP IT STAYED WHILE USING IT ON A DEER.
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.