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.
Multiple Blade Shapes
This is the second Stockman I've had. The first one was lost through a hole in my pocket. I had to replace it. This is the last pocket knife you will have to buy. It is a workhorse.
After I woke up in the hospital after my motorcycle accident, I found that my Buck Stockman 301 (bought it in 1968) was missing. No doubt that the cop stole it. When I sharpened the replacement, I bought in late 2014, the blade was way too soft. It doesn't hold an edge anywhere near my old one. Why did Buck cheapen such an excellent knife?
3 blades, each with an independent spring, and each blade does a different thing. Spey, Sheepsfoot, and a rather long Clip-point. Nothing lightweight about it, the blades are heavy for a multi-blade folder. You'll process a lot of small-medium fish, fowl and game with this knife. It will be the last multi-blade folder you'll ever need. It performs, in Spey, Sheepsfoot, and Clip. I love this little folder, and am never without it during my wilderness forays, from Alaska to Florida, and everywhere between. If you're looking for a versatile, functional, strong, and durable 3-blade folder, look no further.
I've had my 501 since 1976 and is my EDC ever since. It is the best pocket knife I have ever had, 3 blades and all have a purpose, love it will never replace it.
Finally got one used online and it the legend that I was told it was. Solid and well built with sharp blades.
Buck Knives needs to update the review page to where we can reply to other customers comments. Would like to respond to Jack Sjoberg who wrote "Blunt and Unsharpenable". I bought a Cadet which is very similar to the 301 Stockman. If you will buy you a "good" knife sharpening kit, you can sharpen your knife to where it will shave. If you will buy a Lansky sharpening kit you will have no problems. You can find them at Sportsmans Guide.com.
The picture does not compare to what the knife looks like when got in my hands. Beautiful, well made!!! Great size for everyday use. This would be a very nice gift item...
I have a Stockman 301 that I have carried since 1985. That one one has a black handle. Just got my new 301 with a wood grain handle. Sharp enough to shave with.
As a collector, I have many knives, yet this is the one I never leave home without. I carve, whittle, work and play with this knife. Simply put, it's a great all around, nice sized knife. Sharpens razor fine, stays sharp for a long time, and never fails. Truly a classic.
I love this no nonsense stockman with a couple of caveats. I love the aesthetic. In black it looks like all business, nothing pretty about it, like a barber's tool. At the same time it's the coolest looking stockman there is for this very reason. It's so basic it's elegant. On the other hand I find the length of the master blade disappointing, and don't see why it's not a full quarter inch longer, as it could easily be. I'm not crazy about the severe angle of the clip point either, but I still love the knife overall.
me and my grandfather both had these knives and when he would take me to get small game he showed me how to skin the game with this and the buck 110 he got me for my sixth birthday I have many fond memories of this knife. he passed away last year and after hearing the new I went and got his knife I put it in the box he gave me to remember him by this knife is apart of him and me and I will always cherish it.
Purchased this knife made in USA and love it. Own several Buck knives and have owned other brands, Buck is the only one for me. You guys make awsome knives, keep it up, made in USA.
My son gave me this knife in 1995. Since then I have carried it most every day and use it for workaday operations from cutting packages to light pruning around our garden. It has never become loose and still closes with an audible click. Occasional oiling and sharpening as needed.
I just received my Stockman. Great steel, good geometry, nice wood. Gorgeous brass. However...the sheep's foot and spey blades are reversed, exposing a little of the edge of one blade on the side at the tip of the blade. Is this a manufacturing error? Clearly. Am I going to return it? Probably not. It is still quite functional, and will do what I want. However, to those of you whining about Chinese made knives, I've NEVER had a manufacturing error like this on any of my Chinese knives (and I have quite a collection, from all over the world). It really is a shame that with the quality of the components, the person assembling it couldn't have taken the time to get the blades in the right order. Trust me when I say that if you end up with a Buck made in China, you have ended up with a very, very good knife. I personally like the US made Bucks because...well...the factory is nearby, and they remind me of the knives I had (and lost) when I was a kid. However, with manufacturing errors like this...
I have the black and the rosewood versions. I love them both. Compared to other quality makers, the Buck is clearly built better. Each blade has its own back spring. The bolster run the length of the knife under the scales. The scales are riveted in place vs. pinned so that the scales so in place and do not lift off. These are beautiful and built like tanks. The 420hc sharpens easily and honestly, if you just strop it on a leather strop... you'll keep the factory bevel and have a razor sharp edge. I always strop... so that i rarely have to go to the sharpening level. If you cannot maintain your Buck 301 at a razors edge, it is not the knife! You must then evaluate how you are using your knife and how you are maintaining your edge. I am a professional knife sharpener and I will tell you that obtaining a razors edge is impacted more by your technique than the blade and/or the sharpening system.
My father always carried a Buck, and I continue the tradition and hope to pass it on to my son and grandson. Great to do business with fellow Christan's,that make sure a great product! God Bless Buck! JM
In my opinion the toughest stockman on the market, a real workhorse of a knife. If you need something done, this knife can do it.
My grand-father carried one of these for years. Up till he died. I bought one recently. For two reasons it lasts and really works hard. The blade shapes will do most of the work you will ever need with moving to a purpose built knife. I go to other blades for hunting and field use, but carry this every day. This even replaced my cold steel folder that I carried in the Army for daily carry.
Since my childhood and the days of my very first pocket knife, I have never had a knife that I loved more. I had been looking at this knife for 2 years before I pulled the trigger and one thing is for sure, the functionality and beauty of this tool are unsurpassed. Wish I had picked it up when I first took notice... it's a real beauty!
Ilove my buck knives Ihave several 1 307 that means a lot to me wish I could find another one they will last forever keep up the good work. never met chuck he seems like a fine person may god bless you all..
The knife out of the box was hair popping sharp!This will be one to carry forever. I plan on purchasing more of Buck's knifes for my family and friends. Thanks so much for a great USA made product. God Bless!
My grandfather gave me one of these knives on my 5th birthday. I have carried it everyday since then. The blades hold an edge real well. I use the knife pretty much every day for everything from cutting fruit, fishing, skinning small game, opening packages, cutting small gauge electrical wire when working on projects, trimming wood. It is just an all around great knife.
When you pick up a buck stockman, you can tell it is a great piece of American craftsmanship. It is a knife that will last and can be passed down to you kids or grandkids. The 3 blades in this knife will tackle just about any job you want it too. It is the perfect size not to big but not too small. This would be a great first pocket knife to give your kid. Buck is a great company that stands behind their products. It is nice to know that they are a company that shares my Christian beliefs. I will definitely be buying more Buck products. The Buck Stockman 301 will be one that I'm never without. God bless
Just received my new Stockman 301 pocketknife today, with rosewood dymondwood handle and brass rivets. It looks like quality craftsmanship. Blades are very sharp. Nice size. This knife is replacing my vintage 1936 Imperial pocketknife that I have been carrying for 25 years. My old pocket knife is just getting worn out and it was time. Hopefully my new Stockman will last me for the rest of my life, I'll let you know from beyond, ha ha. I'm sure it will for I've always had good luck with Buck knives, although this is my first Buck pocketknife. However, my made in the USA Buck hunting knives have always been top notch!!!!
After my Grandfather passed away in 1986, I have been using this knife ever since. He carried this knife daily for as long as I can remember. I keep it in the glove box of my truck and use it frequently. Every time I use this knife I am amazed by its condition and how well it keeps its edge. There is a reason Buck is an American icon and it's because of quality products like this and the several other Buck knives I own.
i use this knife for fishing hunting skinning work around my house a little electrical work and carving wood. i have had this knife for abut 10 years and it has never failed me.
I have carried Buck pocket knives for many decades. I have used them under extreme circumstances and for everyday activities. I have always been pleased with the quality of my Buck knives. My Stockman (made in the USA) has saved my bacon a number of times and has been a valued tool countless times. It has been borrowed by many (within my sight) and all love it. In gentler times, I carried this knife into the US Supreme Court to witness a case and the guards at the door stopped me. I thought, "Oh, Oh, these East Coast folks probably don't like a knife like that in a suit wearing fella." The guard on the electronic gate took the knife over and showed it to his Sargeant. They came back and looked me in the eye and said. We think this is a quality knife. Do you know where we can buy a Buck knife. I smiled and told them in Idaho, we just walk into the store and get one without hassle. True story.
I have two of these knives, I had a chunk of 18 kt gold and wanted to sell it, The buyer told me I had to cut it in half to make sure it was solid all through! All I had to do this with was a hammer and my buck knife! I put the gold on the concrete and placed the blade on it and struck it six or seven times and it went through with barely a knick, Amazing, as I struck it very hard and it resharpened and you cant even tell! The gold buyer was so impressed he said he was going to buy one! Cant do better than this knife,!
This knife is the first knife I have ever owned. After hours of sifting through the internet I settled on the 301 Stockman. To be fair I ordered it from Amazon that may have something to do with it but... After looking forward to receiving my knife for days it finally came. I took it out of the box and began to attempt to whittle a small block of kiln dried bass wood (vary soft). After giving up on trying to cut the wood I used the knife sharpener that I also ordered. After "sharpening" the knife I went back to the wood to no avail. Now, frustrated and angry I decided to see how it did on a thin sheet of cardboard that the sharpener came packaged in, and to my surprise, it could not. Do not buy this knife if you do not want to be disappointed. I will change this review if I recieve a product I am satisfied with.