The People Behind Buck


CJ BUCK, CEO & Chairman


CJ Buck is currently Chairman and CEO of Buck Knives, Inc. and the 4th generation family member to run Buck Knives. CJ started with Buck Knives in 1978, working on the production line building 110 Folding Hunters.

CJ is currently active as a Board of Regent member for the American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI), which he co-founded back in 1996 and served 2 stints as President of the organization. AKTI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. CJ is very passionate and active in hunting and conservation efforts and is one of only 100 regular members of the Boone and Crockett Club, serving on the Club's Board of Directors as Vice President of Communications. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Mule Deer Foundation. 

On a community involvement basis, CJ's affiliations include being on the Board of the Kootenai County Police and Firemen Memorial Fund, 2 past stints on the State of Idaho Economic Development Advisory Council appointed by the Governor of Idaho and time on the North Idaho College Foundation Board.

CJ attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma, San Diego State University, and finished his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing with National University in San Diego, CA. CJ was recently inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame, following his father's induction in the 90's and his Grandfather's induction in the 80's. He is married with 3 children, 2 stepchildren and 3 grandchildren.


 Lori Buck married the late Charles T. Buck (Chuck) in 1958. She, along with her husband (third  generation leader and Owner/Chairman of Buck Knives for 56 years), was involved with Buck Knives  when it was incorporated in 1961.

 Lori has two children, Marilyn Houser and President & CEO of Buck Knives, Charles Brian Buck (CJ). She  also has 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Lori now serves on the Board of Directors and is  actively involved with Buck promotional events throughout the U.S.

 "God has been gracious to our company and our family throughout the years and I give God the glory."

-Lori Buck


CHUCK BUCK (1936- 2015)

Chuck, son of Al Buck and grandson of Buck Knives founder, Hoyt Buck, worked his way up through the company serving as President and CEO for many years, before handing over the reins to his son, CJ in 1999. Chuck remained active as Chairman of the Board until his death in 2015. 

"My grandfather, Hoyt Buck and my dad, Al Buck founded this company on a simple premise, to make a better knife. Our longtime, best-selling knives reflect that tradition. But we also recognize the importance of keeping pace with changing times. As we look to the future, you can be assured that the same attention to quality, performance and craftsmanship will continue.

I spent a lot of my time traveling the USA to various events, meeting our customers. It is fun to hear the stories of how you received your Buck Knife. I can always tell when a knife is pulled out, the blade is sharpened to almost nothing, the handle has dings from years of use and your face lights up at the memory of the first time you used your knife - that your knife has been your friend."
- Chuck Buck (1936-2015) 

AL BUCK (1910 - 1991)

Back in the early days of Buck Knives, Al worked hard with his father, Hoyt Buck, to help develop the company into what it is today. Al revolutionized the knife industry and put Buck on the map with the creation of the 110 Folding Hunter. He also helped instill the core Christian values the company was founded upon and still abides by today.  

As written in 1976
If you are a new Buck knife owner, "welcome aboard." You are now part of a very large family. Although we're talking about a few million people, we still like to think of each one of our users as a member of the Buck Knives Family and take a personal interest in the product that was bought. With normal use, you should never have to buy another.

Now that you are family, you might like to know a little more about our organization. The fantastic growth of Buck Knives was no accident. From the beginning, management determined to make God the Senior Partner. In a crisis, the problem was turned over to Him, and He hasn't failed to help us with the answer. Each product must reflect the integrity of management, including our Senior Partner. If sometimes we fail on our end, because we are human, we find it imperative to do our utmost to make it right. Of course, to us, besides being Senior Partner, He is our Heavenly Father also; and it's a great blessing to us to have this security in these troubled times. If any of you are troubled or perplexed and looking for answers, may we invite you to look to Him, for God loves you.

I know that I still hold a special place in my heart for my mother and father, with an extra spot for what my father taught me, about life and about making a good knife. My hope is that I've done a good job in passing those same beliefs on to the next generations.

"For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son; that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John: 3:16

- Al Buck

Paul Bos

We give credit where credit is due. Without this man, we would not have the patented heat treating system that has made our blades so legendary.

Paul Bos, a nationally known heat-treat authority has been heat-treating since 1956. Before his retirement from Buck Knives in 2010, he served 70% of America's custom knifemakers as well as overseeing all of the heat-treating in Buck Knives factory, where he was able to consult with Buck's engineers. Paul's link to Buck Knives goes back to his early years when he worked on custom knives for Al Buck in the late 1950s. Buck Knives continues to operate Paul's heat treating business out of our factory, led now by Paul Farner who worked under Bos for many years. 

The process Bos developed, which involves heating, freezing and then reheating of the steel is like none other in the business, and is why Buck knives are famous for being sharper out of the box and staying sharp longer.

In 2007 Bos was the recipient of the "Blade Magazine Industry Achievement Award" for the contributions and advances he made in heat treating technology. Furthermore, in 2010 he was inducted into the "Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame©" in recognition of nearly 50 years as the foremost authority on the heat treatment of steel for knife blades.

"No one could match Paul's dedication to the art of heat treating knife blades or his unwavering commitment to supporting custom knifemakers world-wide. He is living proof to the conviction that it takes more than just using good steel for making a fine blade; it's what you do with the steel that makes the difference," said Chuck Buck, Chairman of Buck Knives.

Even in his retirement, Bos continues in an advisory role for Buck Knives, and makes trips to the Idaho plant as needed. For more information on heat treating, or our heat treating services, see our Heat Treating page under About Buck.

Trent Malone, Chief Financial Officer

Trent Malone joined the Buck Knives team in 2017 with over fifteen years of experience in Senior Management, Finance, and Accounting. Malone, former Vice President of Finance for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, has extensive experience with global accounting and finance operations. His prior experience includes serving as Director of Accounting and Director of Global Financial Services. Born and raised in the Phoenix area, Malone received his Master’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona. Malone’s hobbies include gardening, volunteering with The Boy Scouts of America, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Joe Piedmont, Chief Operations Officer

Joe Piedmont, formerly Vice President of Operations, has been with Buck Knives for over five years. He first joined the team as the Product Development Manager and was promoted to Director of New Products & Engineering within his first year. Shortly after, he was promoted to Director of Operations. In 2016, Piedmont was appointed as Vice President of Operations. His background includes experience in management, design, manufacturing and product development. Piedmont holds an MBA from Corban University and a B.A from University of Washington. He is currently serving as a board member for Cornerstone Valley, Inc.

Board Members 

Paul Holt 

Paul has been a member of Board of Directors of Buck Knives since 2013. Paul is a grandson of the founder, Al Buck. Paul is passionate about supporting the legacy and mission of Buck Knives and the core Christian values which made Buck what it is today. Paul is currently Chief Financial Officer of NantHealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: NH), a healthcare company which focuses on enabling improved patient outcomes and more effective treatment decisions for critical illnesses. Prior to NantHealth, Paul spent 15 years as Chief Financial Officer of Quality Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSII), a provider of healthcare information technology and services.

A California native, Paul graduated from the University of California with a bachelor's degree in Economics. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master's in Business Administration. He is a former CPA with RSM McGladrey, a national CPA firm. He is also board member of Missionary Athletes International, a sports missions organization dedicated to communicating the message of Jesus Christ through the environment of soccer. He loves reading military history books and keeping up with USC Trojan Football. Paul is married with four children and resides in Orange County, California.

Tom Stoeser

Tom joined the Buck Knives Board of Directors in 2011. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst. Tom is the President and CEO of Jacklin Land Company and managing member of Bighorn Investments. He has an extensive background in finance, operations and board governance. From 1997 to 2000, Tom was the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for the Turf and Horticulture division of J.R. Simplot Company. During that time the division grew six-fold primarily through acquisitions.

Tom graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Business Administration. He is also currently serving on three other boards. An avid otudoorsman, Tom enjoys skiing, fly fishing, and mountain climbing.

Todd Talbot

 Todd Talbot, a 35 year veteran with some of the leading companies in the Plumbing Industry spent his early years on his Grandfather's farm in Northern California. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1982, Todd launched his career as a Sales and Marketing Manager with Hoyt Water Heater Company. In 1988 he began a twenty year run with Masco Corporation.

After a brief stint outside the industry, Todd returned to his native California in 2009 as a Partner at Mega Western Sales, a Manufactures Representative firm serving California and Nevada. In 2011 he was named President of Fluidmaster, the number one toilet repair brand worldwide and now leads the company's operations from their global headquarters in San Juan Capistrano, California. With five acquisitions in the past 5 years, the company now serves customers in over 90 countries from manufacturing facilities in Mexico, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and China, in addition to a distribution center in Texas.

On the local front, Fluidmaster has been recognized as a leader in giving back to the community, including The Orange County Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Business Award, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Corporate Responsibility Award; Social Responsibility in the Orange County Register Top Workplace Awards; Business of the Year from San Juan Capistrano Mayors Office and the Chamber of Commerce.

Todd has served on many Industry Boards and has given time and support to a number of non-profit organizations. He and his wife Denise reside in Newport Beach, CA. Todd enjoys spending time with his son in Lake Tahoe, CA, participating in many outdoor activities including skiing, biking, mountain hiking and watercraft sports.