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 read the reviews, here's my take. I saw the knife, I held it, pulled it in and out of the sheath which seems fine, probably would have an issue or two with it but all in all, for an "all purpose/beat the hell out of it" knife it would most likely be fine but if I wanted a "Chinese/beat the hell out it " kinda knife I wouldn't be buying a buck. I'd go to Bass Pro and buy Redhead or Old Timer or Smith and Wesson. All I'm saying is , I know it's cheaper for Buck to out source but , it's Buck , we have higher expectations. "Made in USA" on a Buck is what gives us that warm fuzzy feeling. There's just some things that need to stay the same. Imagine "John Wayne" carrying a Taurus six shooter. It'll do the job, but it's just wrong.
I would have paid the difference to have made here Looks like we will be buying old buck knifes on eBay soon
Recently purchased this knife from my local Army Post Exchange. What a great knife. After a quarter century in the Army and conducting field craft, I have always relied on Buck to do the job. This knife is no different than what I expect from Buck, quality, dependable, tough, and reliable. I've read some of the customer reviews and many are critical of the knife being made in China. Too bad all these people tripped over a mouseturd and broke their noses over what they perceive as a showstopper. Guess what? My Buck comes with the company's forever warranty just like every product they make. Time to get over yourselves and support the company regardless of the location the product was manufactured.
I really like it. It locks solidly into position, really smooth, feels good in the hand with a good weight and has a reasonable edge straight out of the box, a bit of effort and it will be really keen. It's a good quality piece of kit. In this Country the sheath doesn't matter, as this type of item needs to be stored out of easy reach, and generally resides at the bottom of a rucksack.
Received last week. Great blade shape. Good handle shape. Perfect size. Shaving sharp out of the box. The handle has a very slick feel. So slick that I can't get a safe grip on it. Not good for something so sharp. Ribbed thumb traction on top of blade needs to be filed down some as its almost saw blade sharp. Different handles and some file work and I'd give it a 5. Plastic sheath rides high above the belt. I have to bend my elbow and raise my shoulder to get my hand on the knife to pull it out of the sheath.
I can't believe how many of these "reviews" have nothing to do with the knife itself . If this exact same knife was made here in the US or even in a more Western nation then I'm sure these xenophobic so-called patriots would be gushing over what a great product it is. The knife is solid, well made, well designed with quality materials; a bargain at $50 street price. The sheath isn't kydex just plastic? Fine. My $100 RAT-7 made in USA came with a crappy nylon one, but it works. So does this one. Keep in mind folks, US buyers aren't the only buyers of Buck products. Plenty of non-US customers too I'm sure, so ALL Buck knives are foreign made to them. The world doesn't revolve around you.
...from a comrade who doesn't give a damn where a piece of cutlery is made... As long as it works. This summer, it'll be working alongside a Helle Temagami, an Opinel, a DH Russell Grohmann #3 boat knife, and an orange-handled Mora. I'm curious how it'll fare.
Proud to own my new Buck Selkirk!! The knife is of the highest quality for which I'd expect nothing less from Buck. I've already highly recommended this knife to a friend. Great knife Buck!!
I don't care that im in Canada and want it made in usa, make it anywhere in North America! just give the people the jobs they need here in our countries!!!
The blade looked beautiful on display and I love the sheathe, but there are so many imperfections on the blade. Crooked scales, gaps between the blade and guard, uneven grinds . This was my first buck and I'm disappointed. I've had better quality at half the price.
I find it hilarious that half the reviews for this knife are written by people who haven't even used the knife and won't try it because it's made in China. How is this even possible? Yes, I wish it were American made, and yes I would pay more for it if it were American but so far the knife has worked extremely well for me and I find the steel to be all the quality I need in a knife. I like the sheath but it is definitely not very easy to reconfigure to the horizontal position. I'd normally give this knife a 4 star but since so many A-holes have given it poor ratings even though they never bought the knife, I thought I'd try to even things out a bit for its overall rating. It really is a quality knife.
I love this knife. I don't care where it was made. I love Buck Knives and this one fits right along with the rest. Yes the sheath can be difficult to change but no real big deal. It has performed flawlessly from camping chores to field dressing whitetail. I see a lot of negative reviews from people who don't even own this knife. How can you submit an honest review when you don't own or even use the product???
I was very happy when I bough this knife in (B.P.S) stores. Have a good weight,a little difficult to taken of. But when I looked said China :( I bought this knife because I remember my grandfather was a veteran and when I'm a little kid he told me this knife it's the best because it's made in America. What happen???
Yes I wish this was USA made too. That being said, it really is a good knife, and makes an outstanding blade for hard use and abuse. Hammer pommel is nice, I use it more than I thought I would. Solid edge retention, even after some hard use. Comfortable to use, no hot spots or loose scales/gaps to pinch you. Sheath is very nice for a knife at this price point. A little annoying to switch around, but definitely usable. Overall I'm very pleased with he Selkirk, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid but fair priced knife.
This is a solid knife that is well executed and extremely competent. Chinese manufacturers can make a mighty fine product when it's required. Buck QC makes all the difference. Good value, and a company that stands behind its product, wherever made. Thanks, Buck.
I am a long time Buck owner, supporter and advocate. Being from Idaho I took great pride in the fact that Bucks were made by Americans in a great state. I love this knife design, I'm not a fan of the sheath. 2 reasons I will not buy this knife that I would really like to own... 1. Buck sold out to China and that makes them not very special anymore. 2. I want it in S30V.
I love Buck Knives, and everything that the company stands for. I would love to own this one, but not until production is brought home to the US. I live in Alabama (very humid!),and I prefer a stainless wilderness knife. I know that I'm not alone in this opinion. Please, listen to the consumer, and you will sell more knives; even at a higher price! Thank you, Chris Smith
This knife is almost as good as my buck 120 and I love em both.
My 3rd buck knife, nice looking, nice sleath. All down hill from that. Very sad!! Made in china, my sleath broke after its 5th use. I am constantly getting rust spots on my blade after saltwater use, even though i wash my knife asap with soap and warm running water. My other 2 buck knives made in U.S.A. i havent had any issues with. Where has Bucks quality gone? Now i have to oil the blade of my Selkirk after every use which i shouldnt have to do but with poor quality if steel thats being used i have no other chooce. This is the last Buck knife ill buy.
Looks ok, feels ok.... Then you see "China" on the blade.... So, it's not made ok. Really Buck, this can't be made in the US?
It's a sad, sad day.... Something as "American" as Buck Knives, now made in China. How many of us got a buck knife for your first knife? A wonderful, high quality, American tradition..... Sold out, traded for profits and poor craftsmanship . I won't even look at buck knives anymore.
I bought this knife based on bucks good reputation and was surprised to find it was made in China. I have had to sharpen it twice during skinning my half of a single deer and was expecting it to hold an edge better than that. That said the ergonomics and blade shape are good as is the vertical or horizontal configuration option on the sheath. Just wish the edge held better.
Great looking knife, with good reviews from users. I won't buy made in China on principle, regardless of the quality. Make it here and I will buy one, even if it cost more.
I had it in my shopping cart, applied 35% off promo code. decided to see if the whistle/flint clip was removable from the sheath and watched the video. there it was, stamped on the blade, CHINA I cant do it, as much as I've been looking forward to this knife and waiting patiently, I can't bring myself to buy it knowing I could buy another knife made in the USA like the ESEE 3, 4, Izula, or the coming-soon RB3. I know, whine, gripe, complain, whatever you want to call it. but i figured they put the option to post here because they want to know our opinions as customers.
Only things I don't like is #1 it's made in china :( .. I would pay more for it to made here at home!! 2nd I lost my fire starter some how just looked down one day and it wasn't there . I would like to replace it but can't find out how to do that . Asked bass pro shop . ( that's where I got it and they said (idk) . :( ... Hope buck sees this review and helps out! Please
I don't care where it's made, great design and workmanship is present here. Both my wife and I have and use Selkirk knives. We highly recommend them,
I ordered this before Father's Day but no one had them in stock, well it finally arrived and I am very impressed. I am a profession marine rigger (sailboats) and yacht delivery captain and as soon as I saw this knife online my brain said, "rigging knife!". The knife is made in China but that's why it is affordable, imperative for a work knife that will get used hard and possibly dropped overboard. I work in a high humidity marine environment so the 420 stainless is a necessary compromise. If it isn't salt spray it is my perspiration that is attacking my tools. Some reviewers don't like the sheath but the sheath is one the reasons I bought it! Leather is nice but not for the aforementioned conditions. I raised mine for higher, hip carry so it doesn't interfere when sitting in my truck or at the helm. I love that there is a screw to adjust the knife retention pressure (mine was to tight as delivered). I carry a whistle in my cell phone case primarily to recall my Boder Collie when I am moving from one marina to another so now I can eliminate it as the sheath carries one on the ferro rod. I cut cordage daily when splicing line; polyester, nylon, Vectran, Technora, and Dyneema (Spectra) are the norm and the last three are brutal on the edge of a knife. The grind on the Selkirk is ideal and easy to bring back to shaving sharp. The edge to handle offset is not as large as a purpose built rigging knife and I prefer my rigging knives to be blade heavy (though this knife has a very comforting heft) but this is a great boat knife. I showed it to a friend who is a sailmaker and he wants one now after handling mine.
My new Selkirk 863 is a high quality knife at a moderate price. It arrived with an excellent edge and a few strokes with a fine stone made it perfect. Give this knife try; don't let the made in China label stop you! The steel is 420HC and the workmanship it first class. The scales are quite beautiful.
Got a chance to handle this knife at a local sporting goods store. Really nice. Ergonomic grip, great size. But, it's made in China. Just can't do it. Buck, how come this can't be made in the USA?
I collect knives and have quite a few. I usually buy them for their utility. This Selkirk is one of the few I've purchased just because they are sculptural works of art. The clean lines, the satin polish, and the grain pattern of the two-tone Micarta drew my eyes instantly. The juxtaposition of the wood-grain and the satin stainless remind me of high-end office furniture. The sheath complements the knife nicely. From a more practical POV, the knife arrived quite sharp. Five minutes on my Sharpmaker brought it to hair-popping sharpness. I expect it will last forever, like my 50-year-old Buck 105, which still goes camping with me. I agree with the reviewer who said that this knife is an instant classic. The only thing I'd change is to add a lip to the sheath for my thumb to push against when drawing the knife.
not a fan of the sheath. Love everything about the knife ! Quality , size, comfort in the hand. For the price , it should of had a high quality leather sheath. Leather looks better, feels better , and lasts longer !
I was excited about this knife, like the ground on it and looks like it will feel good in the hand.. but watched the Video then seen China stamped on it... NOPE... I am a lifelong Buck user, I have alot of Buck knives and carry a custom S30V 110 on my belt and the 501 S30V in my pocket.. I love Buck and still do, they are all I carry, but I cannot have a Buck with CHINA stamped on it.. Sorry...
I put the video of the SELKIRK on youtube, check it out https://youtu.be/YQgfp-MBp68
I love the look of this knife. I know it would be a great knife, but why is it made in China when Buck has made its name on being made in America? That alone will keep me from buying this knife.
This review is different insomuch as I don't own the knife. Figured maybe Buck doesn't mind negative reviews from people who've bought the knife, but might pay attention to someone who won't buy the knife because of where it's made. Fact is, after poring over the site for like an hour and narrowing it down to the perfect shape knife, this is it... But I'm not going to buy it because it's made in China. Make it in the US, and you'll have a sale.
Mine came with three black screews on one side two black and one silver on the other, poor quality control. The sheath is really useless and cheap. The knife it self is nice looking, I hardly considerate a survival knife, maybe some light bush craft. I think putting it in a nice leather sheath and calling it a skinning knife would make more sense. I love my vanguard, my 119, my 124, and my buck tops knives alot, this one I feel was a waste of money
Great knife! feels real good in my hand. I camp,hunt fish,used it all hunt season field dressed deer,pig,small game!!Did a very fine gob,will always on my belt when in the woods.All the anti over seas folks better stop driving their GM,or other trucks,most of the parts come from somewere other than the USA.so get used to it.This is one fine knife THANK YOU BUCK KNIFE!!!!!!
I love Buck, and I love the design of this knife! One of my favorite knives, but I would have paid much more for better steel, and for it to be made in the USA.
I thought buck learned their lesson years ago.. that their fanbase would rather pay more for a USA made knife versus cheap Chinese garbage. I was planning on buying this knife till I saw where it was made. I'll wait for a US made version or go with someone else.
China? Are you kidding me? Buck, I thought you were better than that! Very disappointed. Hope you don't continue this, or you will lose all my future business. And I love knives so that's quite a bit from just one person. Currently have 6, but may not have anymore. Will be looking elsewhere if China made is the "new Buck" :(
The design looks good - Nice shape,micarta scales,multiple mount options od sheath,firesteel with whistle (but why the firerod is so thin?) but the true is not so good When I'm buying BUCK knife I don't want to buy overpriced chineese crap with Buck logo. BUCK is USA made!!! The 420 steel and plastic sheath is a joke??? Is 440A steel and kydex is so expensive that you can't make a good 100$ instead 85$ junk??? Impossible??? - look at the Sweden made EKA W12 - 12c27 Sandvik steel (not gorgeous but better than 420) Kydex sheath. Yes, the firesteel with sharpener is a junk but it is easy to replace
When you looking at the design its ok but When you Look deeper at the details is a bad product. Why US product is made in China? It is not patriotical... Why used steel is Just 420? Why the scabbard is not made of kydex? It is better to buy EKA W12 It is far better than selkirk in every part except firesteel
I've been a buck knife fan my entire life. As a west Texas mule deer guide and ranch manager, I have used my buck 102 to dress more deer than I can count and have always relied on Buck's USA made quality. I have to say that I've quite disappointed in the new Chinese line. The design of the Selkirk is great but the quality is lacking. I'd gladly pay $150+ for a better quality, USA made product of the same design. You guys have made an awesome name on quality American made knives. Don't screw it up now. -Austin
Why is a Buck knife made in China? The company says it's a USA company and yet they make there new knife in CHINA. Wtf, honestly I can't buy this knife.
I ordered this knife online a few months and I couldn't be happier. I have used it fishing, hunting and camping with much satisfaction. This knife holds an edge even after some light batoning. The kydex sheath is very well made but it would be nice if a leather alternative was available. Definitely my favorite knife and part of my EDC.
My grandfather started me with a Buck knife 41 years ago. I probably own more than 50 of them. I started recently collecting custom Buck 110 folders, along with limited editions. I saw survival knife, with the Buck name and almost had it purchased. I saw a "made in China" review and that was that. I have nothing against China. I have traveled there. The people are super nice and they work hard. With that said, there are some things you just do not do. I don't talk back to my parents, I don't disrespect my boss, and I will never buy a Buck knife not made in America. Charge Three times the price, make one here, and it will be added to my collection. I will continue to buy Buck knives made here. It is a family tradition. Thank you for the years of quality service.
I love the shape and feel of this knife, I carry every day, the only drawback is the sheath, I really like the kydex but there is not enough versatility with this one, I am currently working on customizing this one
Excellent knife Buck!!! It doesn't feel like it was made in China, maybe just assembled in China. Anyhow great feel and very strong. Had to wait a few weeks for it but when I opened it and seeing and feeling it for the first time it was well worth the wait. I love Buck knives! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!
I have had the knife for a few weeks now. Out of box it was sharp, my work sharp sharpening system made it sharper. Holds an edge fairly well and for 50 bucks and some change, the fit and finish were impressive (despite where it's made). I've batoned, chopped, carved etc, and the knife held its own. As for the sheath, I actually like it. Although a leather option would be nice as well. The knife, once properly seated, does not wiggle around at all. While I don't care for the whistle I don't mind it either. And ferro rod works really well. I do wish it was a little thicker though. Overall I am very happy with the knife and would definitely recommend it. Compared to my kabar Becker bk16, okc bushcraft and gerber myth the Selkirk is my new first choice when going to the woods.
I too got suckered in . Box was right and knife looked right but after purchase and got it home , surprise ! Mine doesn't have ANY place of origin on it , none. Not China or USA on knife or box it came in . Called Buck home office and was told that 15% of Buck knives are made overseas and quality was there...B>>> S^^^ ! Fool me once , shame on Buck. Fool me twice , shame on me !!!
Picked one up the other day just cause i liked the look and feel, got it home and found nothing but good reviews on youtube. Named after Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish adventurer who was stranded in South America and whose exploits inspired the book Robinson Crusoe, i think that speaks for itself. Beautiful knife, great sheath made from Buck's flagship steel, for the money it's a great knife. My new EDC.
Buck had a good thing going, I have too many to count, folders and fixed blade, but not a single one Made in China and I wont start now.
I really like this setup, BUCK is proven time and again while hunting and field dressing large midwest white tail deer. I would purchase this setup but after reating the reviews I refuse to purchase CHINA made BUCK knives. Hope you understand, plus who can possibly use a knife so much that they need to use something other than 420HC? Don't chop rocks! Use an ax along with a knife. Keep you edge razor sharp easily. That is all.
I have been patiently waiting the arrival of my very own Selkirk and I finally found it in stock and jumped on the purchase. Having just picked this up I am really excited to put it to work in the woods but that has not happened yet. I don’t abuse my knives but I do use them and I expect this one will serve me well for years to come. It feels very sturdy and has a solid heft to it that instantly gives you confidence that whatever you ask of it, it will deliver. The Selkirk is not too big yet not small it feels like it’s the ideal size to tackle an abundance of tasks. While the sheath is versatile I would much prefer a leather version, but that is a personal preference. The box and blade are labeled “CHINA” which is a bit disappointing but I trust BUCK has in place adequate quality control to ensure this knife lives up to Buck’s legendary quality and durability.