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 2 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."
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.
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
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.