General-purpose stainless steel. 420J2 is well suited for routine applications, is easily sharpened, and offers a great blend of hardness and wear resistance
Extremely sharp right out of the box.
I have used this knife for 2 years and it is still sharp. I use it for cutting meat of all sorts. I use it about once a week.
Great grip handle and well balanced with just the right length for filleting fish. Problems with the blade staying sharp, tried all kinds of sharpeners, even electric. The blade does not hold a smooth edge and keeps coming out rough like a serrated blade. diffenitly not a pure stainless steal blade.
I got this knife to use more as a deboning knife than a fillet knife. I've since use it as a fillet knife. I was disappointed to find out after I bought it, that it is made in China. I thought all Buck knives were made in the USA. I guess not. The first thing I had to do was put a sharpening stone on the blade because it was so dull. Once I put a good sharp edge on it I've had real good results on fish and haven't had to sharpen it. The smaller sized one is good to carry in a backpack.
I have both the 91/2 inch fixed and the 6 inch folding fillet knives by buck. I find both of them to hold a good edge and sharpen easily, especially on Buck's diamond steel. I use them both for fish and deboning wild game. I have had the folding Silver Creek for several years and it has performed flawlessly. worth every penny! I carry it in my pack as well.
compared this knife to rapala made in finland thought buy made in usa even though was 9 dollars more. have many buck knives love them all. too my surprise once opened says china on back side . I feel the intension was to mislead will never like knife no matter what and will give second thought too buying buck knife again.