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.
Very high quality product. Came ready to use, although every knife I buy from Buck, looks absolutely beautiful and perfect-almost don't want to use it. Feel and balance is very comfortable, I DO recommend this knife.
I bought the Buck Vanguard w/ rubberized handle on a recommendation from a friend. It was sharp enough out of the box to skin and de-bone a 6-point Bull Elk with out having to be resharpened. The next year I did the same on a small / medium sized mule deer. If you want to carry a "one-for-all" hunting knife into the field, you won't find a better one for the money.
My wife gave me the knife for a birthday present. No longer have the wife but still got the knife. I own three buck knives and this is the best.....hands down.......
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I am self employed and have to take care of five acres along with the house and business structures. It has replaced my "nicer" blade for edc when stainless blade needed otherwise 1095 is my choice. The rubber handle version is the one I have now and it is good when wet or dry, gives a little when squeezed tight, blade came very sharp, but I reprofile by blade to convex edge as I use belts. It is great for cardboard, rope, vinyl (walk in cooler door strip), small saplings and such, cuts into woodsy items nice, I do not use it for heavy duty tasks like chopping, batoning ect.(I use axe, hatchet, large choppers for this)holds edge well for 420hc steel, Buck is the only company I will buy using a non high end grade stainless and have surprised me more than once. The BOS heat treats are without doubt the reason. I have a walnut version coming now for a nicer edc. I love my 1095 and 5160 for all out toughness and value but Bucks steel for my edc stainless needs as I buy 95% American steel.
I've been looking to buy a buck knife all my life. I've had the original folding lock blade but I love the vanguard and bought it. Love it. I can't find the one I purchased on this site but it is a buck knife vanguard with a blue blade and wooden handle. and it's almost perfect. If you've seen one then you know how beautiful it is. But, and I say but, all the buttons or clasps and hilt of the knife is all in gold. But the button on the sheath is silver. Major disappointment that this knife comes with the same sheath as the standard steel blade. If it's gone then can i have a sheath with a gold button. even the button on the back that holds the belt loop together is gold. Weird right?! If this button was gold I'd give it a perfect rating. Butt it's not!
I received this knife as a gift about 10 years ago, and have used it for everything ranging from light wood processing (tinder and kindling production, batoning... really good 90 degree spine for striking a spark off of a ferro rod) skinning and dressing out game and just every day use. Well I was reticent to use such a good looking knife a first, but soon as i did that first feather stick test, I was hooked. It's been my constant companion and my primary E.D.C. Knife ever since. Yes I would recommend this knife to anybody
I love this knife, It's not only beautiful, but it's a great hunting knife.
I've used my knife for the past four seasons, and hands down it is one of the best Buck Knife's I've owned ! From deer to moose. No issues.. The sheath is good, but I'm old school, and a bit more leather would make it perfect. 9 out of 10 for the knife.
Best Hunting Knife in the World, sorry my english bad!!!!
The Vanguard is by far the best big game knife I've ever owned. The blade is stout without being too long, so the knife handles extremely well during heavy cutting tasks. It also holds it's edge extremely well. Field dressed a deer and an elk without having to resharpen the blade.
My wife got me this knife for Christmas 12 years ago. Best knife ever. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
I purchased the vanguard and the model# 119 in 1993 at the same time. I use these knives for hunting elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, waterfowl,pheasant,grouse etc. I also use these knives for fishing year round. Also for hiking, camping and cooking. I have put these knives thru the year round test and they still look brand new. I proud to put them on my belt when I go out on my journeys.
I bought it and have been used for 2 years. I have a version with steel S30V and reduced guard (specially for Russia, stupid laws...). This knife reminds me of my father's knife Morseth "Ozark Hunter" 1970's from AG Russell. Ozark more skinner knife, Buck Vanguard is more versatile. Processing quality and attention to detail on high! Steel holds an edge very well. Possible to cut 2-3 boar and requires only a light correction on a leather belt. But for every plus there is a minus. Concave bevel blade make it weak fracture. Do not give a strong transverse load. Now my wishes. Was, would be the perfect mix blade with bolster solder that there is no gap. Then the blood and fat will not stay there, and the knife is not necessary to boil after the hunt. You can make another version of a knife having a blade bevel convex lens. This will compete with Bark River Knives and move slightly them from the market. I wish you continued success of your company and successful models of knives in the future!
Comfortable well balanced knife. Love the rubber grip. I actually really like the knife. I used it one time field dressing an elk and found it easy use for both dressing and skinning the animal. After I was done dressing the elk I wrapped the knife in towel. Later when cleaning the knife I noticed both hair and flesh stuck where the knife meets the handle. This was very difficult to remove. But what really bothered me was that the about an inch from the handle the edge of blade had little bends in it (almost looks serrated). While dressing the elk I used the knife to open up the rib cage a little to make it easier reach in to the large animals chest cavity. The bone seemed to cut easy. I was surprised this happened. I'm going to send the knife to Buck and see if they will replace it or repair it.
I was fortunate enough to have been given the Cabela's special edition of this knife years ago. The Cabela's version has a nitride coating (like the yellowish drill bits) that reduces friction and makes the blade clean up easily. Blood and guts wash off easily. They have now gone to a black finish for the Cabela's version (probably Melonite) which is good too, but I prefer the silver finish for my hunting knives. The nylon sheath is another story and quickly found its way into the trash because the liner kept separating inside causing the blade to go outside of the liner. Every time this happened, the problem would just get worse. The epoxy repairs just wouldn't cut it (pun intended). Outstanding hunting knife though.