183 Alpha Crosslock Knife


Model #0183BKS1-B

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Current Selection
Satin Finish, 420HC Stainless Steel
Anodized, Black
Carry System:
Heavy duty polyester sheath


New Design! The award winning, patented technology of the original Alpha CrossLock was redesigned to offer even more control in wet, slippery conditions. The spear point blade and saw blade with integrated gut hook create an effective multi-function hunting knife. In addition to the upgraded grip features on the handle, this version includes a sturdier lock mechanism for added durability. Often referred to as the portable butcher shop, the Alpha CrossLock clearly has you covered in the field. Length 4 5/8" closed. Made in the USA
Blade Shape:
Spear Point
Blade Length:
3" (7.6 cm)
4 oz. (113.9 g)
Carry System:
Made in the USA

Available Features and Options

One Handed Opening

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..

420HC Steel

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.

Spear Point


Gut Hook

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.

Reviews (14)

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NAME: Tony G Hodge
AGE: 56
nothing but quality

Very well made

NAME: J. Jakobs
AGE: 51
my best hunting knife

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 !

AGE: 65

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.

NAME: Jared w
AGE: 13
Best hunting knife ever

This knife is the best hunting knife made by buck but it would be nice if they made a leather sheath for it

AGE: 47
Easy Deploy + Grippy Handle!

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.)

NAME: Kevin S
AGE: 52
Perfect hunting knife

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.

NAME: Mark witte
AGE: 56
What a great knife

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.

NAME: Danny Carlton
AGE: 32
Love at first use!

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!

NAME: Gary Wilson
AGE: 64
Idea for sheath upgrade

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.

NAME: Ronnie Stearns
AGE: 39
Best knife for taking care of deer!!!!

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 !!!

NAME: Allan
AGE: 69
183 alpha crosslock

Like all bucks, it a very good knife but was disappointed that it didn't stay short past about four wild turkey cleaning

NAME: R. Bucho
AGE: 70
Cross lock hunter

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.

NAME: Josh Miller
AGE: 36
Not happy with design change of knife

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

NAME: Damon Bungard
AGE: 37
All You Need in the Woods

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.