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.
Best suited for skinning game. The tip is narrow, while the wide curved belly gives a nice skinning sweep that aids in getting through thick layers. The downward angled, more blunt point makes it harder to make an accidental slice through the hide.
I don't know why buck has stamped this as a new knife because I inherited mine from my dad when he hunted before I was born and I now use it and it does a nice job and looked after it will hold an edge well.
I have owned a Buck Skinner Model 103 since 1965 when I first joined the Boy Scouts. I was an avid deer and small game hunter in Pennsylvania and this knife saw much use back then. It is an excellent tool and is as good today as it was when I bought it. It holds an edge extremely well, even though it is easy to sharpen. I still have the original leather sheath it game in. It is a great example of good old American quality!
I took my buck skinner every where id go in Australia,I drove me my dog west across then north to Newman,my buck on my side always there! Anyhow I had to leave, get back east fast,put my dog and me on a plane...but my buck had to stay! When my gear arrived back east my buck knife had been stolen.
I was given my Buck Skinner #103 about 25 years ago by a very good friend. It has stood by me, skinning everything, for all that time, and is just as good as new. Perfectly shaped, holds an edge about forever, and would not trade it for anything. Crippled up a bit now, don't get out as much as I want, but when I do go out, it is right there on my belt. Thank you, Buck!
I've had my "Skinner" since I got out of the army over 30 years ago and have cleaned more deer than you can imagine with this thing. Sturdy and sharp. And it has never let me down until today. I broke a huge chip out of the back part of the blade while cleaning a deer. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I will be returning my knife to Buck for replacement/repair, but I will not go to another brand. Buck is my knife and always will be.
I inherited this knife when I was 6 years old. My parents were scared that I would hurt myself so they hid it from me till I was 12 and got my hunting license. I felt untouchable when I carried it that day and still carry it. As will my kids when it gets passed down. Buck knives just aren't a knife they are a part of US.
I purchased my Buck103 about 20-25 years ago(?) To be honest, I can only guess at the amount of time I have had the 103 and I can not count the number of deer I have dressed/skinned using this equipment. Less than a month ago I broke a chip out of the heel while breaking the pelvic bone of a doe. I boxed the 103 up and sent it back to Buck, expecting at the least a small bill. But BKI isn't that type of company, they are a company of integrity and honor. Less than four weeks later I sit here at my desk with a brand new Skinner 103. The forever warranty is truly what American made products stand on. I will never purchase another knife for any hunting needs. I currently own the 103, 110 ( a 110 Anniversary Edition) and a 119 Special Cocobola...and I can't wait to add more. A Buck knife is what a man needs if he needs any knife.
It's a well rounded, great knife for any purpose. I personally got mine from a job site. It has an older sheath which I feel is much more manageable than the current version Buck Knives sells.
I've had buck knives for 40 years and with this skinner i am able to completely skin "butcher" 4-5 caribou before sharpening. Got it stolen :( but want another one even if i don't hunt anymore :(