Has a thumb stud, blade hole or other feature to facilitate one-hand use. Some models are one-hand opening and one-hand closing as well..
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.
For great performance when field dressing game, a gut or skinning hook is an ideal tool. We’ve paid careful attention to the angles on the sharpened edge, shape and size of the entry opening and location of the hook on the blade, making a Buck gut hook the best.
Serrations give your Buck blade greater cutting power. Especially useful when cutting line and/or cables.
Very well made
Oh my goodness... the guthook on this thing performed horribly. Would NOT pull thru the Mule Deer's skin. The main blade I only used to help with cutting tendons around joints. It did not do that very well either. I can only assume the metal is soft because I'd spent a good amount of time getting the blade to "feel" sharp before going on that hunt. I was really really disappointed in this thing. I ended-up mostly just using the replaceable scalpel-blade knife for just about everything except for separating the cranium from the vertebrae, and popping he hip socket joints. I didn't want to risk breaking the scalpel blade so used this Crosslock for that. Did not perform very well even in that task. Also the pivot bolt had already loosened twice on me while I was working-in opening and closing the knive a bunch after placing a drop of oil in the pivot point. I will no longer be taking this knife with me into the field.
I specifically bought this knife to have alongside my replaceable scalpel blade knife. What attracted me to this knife was that it had a Guthook and the Saw. Well...3 days ago I got my 2nd buck ever. The Guthook on this knife is a big FAIL! It would just bind-up and not cut the hide! The Saw worked fine for opening the chest. The Fine-Edge blade. though I obsessively keep it sharp, was very poor at cutting thru things like hide and ligaments. I mostly wanted a blade to push thru knee-joints and vertebrae for separating the head as working on them with the scalpel blade knife is difficult and there's risk of snapping the blade. Because of this first-hand experience. And because that Muley had one tough hide even for the scalpel blade. I cannot in good conscience recommend this knife to anyone to rely on for hunting. Your company has several other products I do love and endorse. I cannot endorse this product.
Be careful when opening the fine-edge blade, do it slowly! Because of where the thumbstud is placed... sorta closer to the pivot point.. after about the 90 degree mark of opening... it's easy to have the pad of your thumb come into contact with the blade edge in the degrees of opening past 90. I think if they moved the thumbstud maybe 5-6mm away from the pivot point it would solve that issue. Also... after doing a lot of initial opening and closing of the knife to practice doing so one-handed... and to work a little oil into the pivot point... on my knife the Torx screw on the pivot point had become loosened. (Do they not know about Thread-Lock?). The reason I figured this out was because strangely, when closing the saw-blade, the angle of the blade within its track was becoming slightly off and the blade teeth started to catch on the lip of the handle and I would have to depress the blade with a finger laterally to push it back in alignment with the track, in order to then lower it back to closed position. After tightening the Torx screw pivot point, the alignment issues affecting closing saw-blade went away and looseness/side-to-side freeplay of opened fine-edge went-away and cleared right up. So just be aware of these issues initially and inspect your knife during initial stages.
I use this knife about 7 years (i have 2) and this is in my opinion the best solution in the market , very light, compact, modern style , not old fashioned like a lot of german hunting knifes, very good handling, good sharp, there is not much, what you can make better! Thank you ! For me it would be fine, if you have an idea how you can select the different blades without a view on it (different haptic) in the darkness, and a customise version with e.g. a hard damast blade would be great !
I have 2 of the original 180 cross lock With gut blade . I have used them on a daily basis for over 20 years . I returned one for service and was told that my knife could not be serviced. And it was replaced with the new 183. Never thought I would like a different knife than my 180 but the 183 with the gut hook /saw blade and the horizontal sheath is my New EDC . I feel "Naked" with out my knife on my belt. The sheath being able to slide on my belt horizontally , makes the knife go unnoticed as well as easily accessed. Impressed; I'd say so .. That statement from a person that "uses" his knife, working, farming, Hunting, fishing and sometimes On the Honey Do list . Great design. Great Tool.
This knife is the best hunting knife made by buck but it would be nice if they made a leather sheath for it
Just received today. Overall thickness a little much for EDC. Weight is nice and light for 2 blades. Blade needed a small amount of touch-up sharpening. Blades deploy VERY easily and smoothly with the thumb of one hand. Blades could be a teensy bit thicker, I'd be cautious when shoving it or prying it in-between vertebrae. I REALLY like the handle! Handle is EXTREMELY Grippy! Should be EASY to rinse, too. The Sheath is nice. But personally I wish they'd move the belt loop all the way up to the top of the of their sheaths for all their knives so backpack hip-belt doesn't cover up top of knive or make it want to rotate sideways on your belt... slowing down deploy in a panic situation. (I hunt solo, thus worry about a predator creeping up on me and needing to deploy quickly.)
I've bought three of these. The early version had a camo pattern. I used it as a utility hunting and camping knife. I put it down one day in the field and couldn't find it again hence three purchases. My third purchase was for my son who is also an avid outdoors men. These knives really shine when it comes to dressing game. Especially deer. They are light and easy to carry. Keep an excellent edge. The gut hook works beautifully and the saw blade cuts bone aggressively. A perfect functional knife. I intended to buy a couple more today but the price is higher then I expected.
I bought this knife a week ago and I used it on Monday on a big deer the knife blade was very sharp the gut hook was wonderful. The saw blade cut right threw the bone it was a very good buy.
My Dad has the original crosslock and I liked it, but didn't like where the lock releases were located. The new design is perfect!! I bought mine for this years whitetail season and I put the knife to use on 11/15/15 and it was perfect! All I needed, sharp as hell, the knife is perfect and all you will need in one knife! Also very easy to grip even when covered in "deer". Buck you make a great product! I am proud to carry one!
This looks like a super knife for survival situations, as it also has a nice saw / gut webbing hook. Please consider adding the fire starter/ whistle from your Selkirk knife to the sheath and it could be a complete survival kit! A hardened glass punchon the hilt would be a great plus.
I had a friend who used another name brand knife which was larger and he severed an artery using too large of a knife .So after a trip to the hospital and several stitches (and lots of ribbing ) I took a look at what was really needed to take care of a deer properly that would be sharp and reliable .One of my friends introduced me to the Buck Crosslock ..and since then and 2 knives one for me, one for my brother-in-law I haven't been dissatisfied. .The Crosslock handles anything you need to do and might I suggest the orange it is hard to lose in the blood and leaves when your working on that trophy !!!
Like all bucks, it a very good knife but was disappointed that it didn't stay short past about four wild turkey cleaning
I have been using the cross lock since they came out and this is the best hunters Pal, it does it all and stays sharp. The only knife you need.
Great knife just have one problem with it I have had a previous cross lock that had tabs on the opposite side of blade to ease in getting blades out. My new one doesn't have that very disappointed in that change but it is still a very good knife just much harder to get the blades out of the new version
I've used both the previous version of the Alpha Crosslock 'PBS', and now the new generation, and can say that they are invaluable tools in the woods. Light, durable, and extremely functional. From field processing game, to cutting shooting lanes, building natural blinds, or your knife at the dinner table at camp, this is truly a do-it-all knife. It's always in my pack, no matter the adventure.
Waiting to order a orange one!