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.
The crescent tip makes the blade thinner with a sharper point. This shape provides good control for detail work and cutting in tight places. It is also well suited for intentional punctures like new holes in your belt, etc. While the point of the blade is effective for detail work, it's not as strong as the thicker points on drop points and skinners.
Very good quality. Very sharp. Bought mine at a retail shop. I am very impressed with the quality and attention to detail. It is a mirror image of my 110 except it is half the size. Sharp as a razor. Love it!
I was in Cabella's with a gift card a friend gave me. I bought the Buck 55 at a great price of $48 (with my military discount). This knife has a solid feel like the 110 but small and slender. I carry it everyday and as a logistics guy I end up cutting a lot of cardboard. Cardboard really dulls most knives and blades quickly. This blade really stands up and with all the abuse I dish at it it only needs a quick light sharpening every other month. Great metallurgy and this knife is like some of my favorite tools; it's an old friend I won't want to be without.
This sturdy little tool has now been riding around in my pocket for 9 years. It is still as mechanically tight as the day it left the factory in Idaho. The perfectly honed blade holds a razor edge and needs only occasional TLC on the crock sticks. Every couple of months it's brass bolsters get a good polishing which gives me an opportunity admire the fine american craftsmanship that went into building this beautiful little knife.
I am an old military man and have used a lot of different knives in my day. I was trained with the mentality that every good soldier carries a good pocket knife. I have used a couple of different Gerber knives in the last couple of years but to be honest with you I have found them to be more marketing than quality. I recently received a buck 55 for Christmas because my family knows how much I appreciate a good knife. My Buck 55 feels more solid than its equal counterpart, "Gerber mini-paraframe," and when I sharpen them I find the Buck gets a much better edge, holds the edge longer and is easier to sharpen then the Gerber. the only reason I ranked it a 4 instead of a 5 is simply because I haven't had it long enough to really judge its longevity and durability.