Has a thumb stud, blade hole or other feature to facilitate one-hand use. Some models are one-hand opening and one-hand closing as well..
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've owned this knife for 6+ months, and after losing it, buying another knife to replace it, and finding it again, I've come to appreciate it immensely for its simplicity and overall quality. I work on US Navy ships as a sub-contractor, and I've taken to studying knife qualities to the point where I could probably sell them for a living. To the knife-- this steel never quits, the pocket clip sits deep enough to be a "no-show", the lanyard hole is in a perfect location for a little para-cord fob to pull on, the tip is still pokey, and every time I give it 2-4 strokes with the diamond file on my multitool, it comes out about as sharp as a utility razor. 2 issues that are minor- the thumbstuds came loose (rolling), and after re-clamping them in a vise too much, i've just superglued them, now they're 100%, and after maybe 2 months, the pocket clip got loose enough to where it would fall out of my back pocket if I bent over, which is bad because the oily bilges like to claim such treasures. Still haven't lost it, and at the price, it would be a non-issue. I will probably use some ol' American ingenuity and make it gripper. Bottom line- if you're a working woman or man, and you feel like that POS utility knife isn't cutting the mustard while being safe, get this knife. It has cut everything that should be cut by a knife, and a lot of things that shouldn't be. I've used the back of the tip to scratch lines in concrete, punched through industrial plastic containers to make a bucket (can't do that with a razor), I'm always cutting cardboard, tape, white/gold lightning, my nails, and I've chipped paint, shaved wood, carved the tip into steel, probably run 40-60mi with this against my sweaty back, it's so light I forget its there. I've only ever seen two tiny specks of rust and there's only one microscopic chip in the edge. It's never closed on my hand, the opening has loosened slightly but there's always that declarative "clack". I don't pry with it, unless its paper/cardboard or wood that's less than the thickness of the blade, I should stop while I'm ahead. Buy it, abuse it, hand it down to your kids so they can hand it down to their kids, by that time it'd be amazing if people even understood what kind of a sentinel this knife is.