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 received the eagle scout version of this knife when I got my eagle scout in October. I carry it everywhere with me. I think it is an awesome knife. I really like that it's made in the USA.
I've owned numerous Bucks over the years and have never been disappointed. I was extremely pleased with the fit and finish on my 2014 produced Buck Duke. The edges are all smooth with perfect wood/metal fit. The blade locks up like a bank vault door. Overall, the Buck Duke is world class American quality.
The knife that I received was actually my second Eagle Scout Duke. The first I got many years ago, back before Buck reintroduced them and it was a third party that was providing old Duke 500's for eagle scouts. The belt strap on the included sheath broke after a very short time, resulting is the loss of that knife on some mountain somewhere, a fitting end at least. My second, the one for which I am writing this review came a couple weeks ago. It is very beautiful, the trade marks on the handle are new and were not on my first one. It was really great to have this knife back, especially since up until a short time ago the were discontinued. Like in the title though, unfortunately the blade has quite a bit of play when open and locked, also it doesn't seem to close correctly either. Those two issues prevent me from using it safely. Buck has a great warranty, but It takes several weeks for returns/repairs and I need a blade much sooner than that. At some point I'm sure I wont be able to stand that this beautiful knife is held up in some drawer gathering dust, and I'll send it in.
After the loss of my original Duke 500, I was overjoyed to see Buck had brought them back into production. I had received my first Duke 500 many years ago for reaching the rank of eagle and then promptly lost my new knife on a mountain due to a faulty sheath. I received my new Duke 500 a couple weeks ago, It is as beautiful and impressive as I had hoped. Unfortunately the blade has a fair amount of play when open and locked. The knife also doesn't close smoothly at all, making it unsafe to use. Im glad that Buck has the "forever warranty", because I will be sending it back.
I just realized that I forgot to review this knife when my wife got it for me. My wife was so excited- she said ordering with Buck Knives is so pleasant. My wife is currently pregnant with our first (it's a little girl) and for my first fathers day (2015) she ordered me a Duke engraved with "Adi's Daddy 2015". Our daughters name is Adi-Ann. This knife is superb and simply beautiful. Please note- it's the only knife I know of that has stainless steel bolsters- and to me that's just awesome and makes it so dang rugged! Came razor sharp from the factory.... I highly recommend this knife- I won't leave home without it!
I bought this knife as an everyday, whatever I need it for knife back when I was in middle school and mowing lawns for money. I still have it to this day. A good friends dad told me about Buck Knives and boy was he right! It still holds an amazing edge! I just found a website that has some sheaths Buck made in the 80's that are brown like the ones you can get for the 110 so I ordered one. Will be getting one for my son.
This was a Christmas present from my son. I own a number of Buck knives, all great. This one is extremely well made. Very sharp out of the box. But also a great feel in the hand. The finishing is first class. And American made! A great present. A great knife.