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
I have had this pocket knife couple times, losing it once, and having the TSA take it the next because I forgot I had it! This pocket knife has been a part of me for years! Not having it has been like not having the right tool when needed! Folk around me always know I have it on me when needed! So when I lost it friends around me though it it odd I could live without it!! Been a great knife right size for the pocket and very durable! Love this knife!!
Beneath the rather stark plain look of this stockman knife is a really tough performer that has the sharpness and edge retention of a carbon steel knife. Thats a real plus for me as I live in South Florida where the humidity and salt air, mixed with the sweat in your clothing attack your gear all the time. This knife cuts as well as my vintage old timers while serving pocket time in the keys kayaking, fishing, camping, screwing around,etc. The ultimate sharpness test being trimming a nice cigar with no tearing. I use, not abuse my knives. This is one I carry with confidence not worrying about not having enough knife for the job. This is a perfect edc knife that exudes quality and sensibility. Im done with the tactical blades. I'll leave those for the cops who need them and the wanna be's who think they do.
I found a used "303" in a antique & collectible store in Newport, WA for $22 - It's in great shape - Lucky me! This replaces the smaller Buck I lost a few weeks ago.
I like this knife the more I use it. Ive carried stockman knives for years because there handy, versatile, and give me 3 blade options. This knife goes beyond that and offers a sheep foot blade with no krinking, a slimmer, more useful spey blade, and a nice pointy clip blade. Each has their own back spring. The black scales are tough as nails. Also, the blades rest a little lower in the handle, which makes pocket carry more comfortable. This is a very capable knife that gives me confidence that Ive brought along enough knife for the job. You won't come up short with this knife. MADE IN USA.
303 was the first knife my grandfather bought for me...I was 10. There has not been one day in the last 41 years that I haven't owned at least one and very few days I didn't have one in my pocket. I honestly believe it is the best everyday pocket knife made. It's size makes it perfect for pocket carry and it's blade length makes it legal to carry even in the people's republic of Chicago. The little knife is tough as nails and is easy to sharpen. If you need a pocket knife you found it!
The price at $39 is a bargain. The clip, sheepsfoot and spey blades came sharp with no blade rub. The delrin sides are tough. The blades hold an edge and sharpen with ease to a razor's edge. At just under 3 in long with blades closed, the Buck 303 fits in my front pocket with ease. The 420 stainless steel performance is up to any task i need it for. I also like the stainless steel liners, instead of brass liners. The 303 is made in the USA and is a first rate edc knife. The best all around pocket knife in my opinion.
This has been a pretty good replacement for my original buck 303 but the blade snapped while trying to cut a plastic zip tie. The blade snapped at the body of the knife. Seems the blade was probably not up to proper standards. Will try to have repaired but sure will think twice before trying to cut something as strong a plastic zip ties.
In April 2014 my grandfather passed away at age 81 and I ended up getting his case medium stockman and carried it a while but in fear of losing it I ordered me a buck 303 cadet in September 2014 to take place of my grandpa knife this 303 has been my everyday knife since then and it gets used as a work knife and camping all the time it's a really good knife really like carring it .
I have carried a Buck Stockman in my pocket since obtaining it at your El Cajon, CA factory some 15 years ago. Unfortunately it was lost recently. I finally found another in a K-Mart in Las Vegas. Proudly, I purchased it and put it in my pocket. I have since discovered that even though it has the "Buck" name on it, it's origin is China. What a great disappointment!!
I bought a 303 pearl handle from walmart back in the early 2000's. What a great knife. I have carried it for years. I left it sitting on the deck of my boat for about a month many years ago and the pearl turned grey on one side. I thought it was really cool. I carried this knife for almost 15 years and lost it resently. I just cant seem to find it. I think it slipped out of my work pants pocket. I looked and looked and found another pearl on ebay after much searching. I did not know this was a special edition knife. I will make sure I dont loose this one. This knife banged around in my pocket for 15 years and still looked fantastic. Both of my sons will get 303's when they are old enough. I sure hope buck keeps the quality up. I still have my first buck my dad gave me. I dont carry it. Stays locked in the gun safe. I hope to pass it down one day when Im old and grey.
I JUST RECENTLY FOUND A OLD BUCK 303 CADET IN A ANTIQUE SHOP IN MARIETTA OHIO MY HOMETOWN THEY HAD A PRICE OF $30.00 ON IT I TOLD THEM I WOULD PAY $23.50 AND THEY TOOK MY OFFER THE MAIN BLADE HAS BEEN SHARPENED DOWN A LITTLE BUT THAT DIDNT BOTHER ME ANY AT ALL. IT WILL BECOME MY EVERYDAY KNIFE FOR WORK AND CAMPING ON WEEKENDS. I DID THE RESEARCH ON MINE AND FOUND OUT IT WAS MADE FROM 1972-1985 BY CAMILLUS KNIFE COMPANY I UNDERSTAND THAT CAMILLUS MADE THESE KNIVES FOR BUCK FROM THE EARLY 60'S TILL 1985 TILL BUCK STARTED MAKING THEM AT THEIR OWN FACTORY. FROM OTHER RESEARCH I DID I FOUND OUT THAT IT IS THE 440 A STAINLESS STEEL AND I HAVE NO TROUBLE GETTING A REALLY SCARY EDGE ON IT AT ALL IT WILL SHAVE THE HAIR OFF MY ARM PRETTY EASY. I JUST ORDERED A BRAND NEW BUCK 303 CADET CANT WAIT TO GET IT AND START CARRING IT. BUCK BRAND IS THE ONLY BRAND I CARRY EVERYDAY AND THE ONLY BRAND THAT I USE HUNTING YEAR AFTER YEAR AS WELL.
ON SEPTEMBER 6 I WENT IN A ANTIQUE STORE IN MY HOMETOWN MARIETTA OHIO AND FOUND A OLDER BUCK 303 CADET THAT WAS MADE BETWEEN 1973-1985 BY CAMILLUS KNIFE COMPANY THE MAIN BLADE IS SHARPENED DOWN A BIT BUT OVERALL COND WAS GREAT. THE ANTIQUE SHOP HAD A $30.00 PRICE TAG ON IT. I TOLD THEM I WOULD PAY $23.50 FOR IT AND THEY TOOK MY OFFER IT IS MADE FROM EITHER 440A OR 440C STEEL AND SHARPENED UP RATHER NICLEY. ON MONDAY I ORDERED ME A NEWER BUCK 303 CADET TO USE AS A EVERYDAY CARRY KNIFE CANT WAIT TO PUT IT TO USE SO I CAN SHARPEN IT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO DO SO. BEFORE ORDERING THIS I CARRIED MY BUCK 309 COMPANION THAT I GOT IN 2000 AS A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION GIFT I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL BOX AND PAPERS TO IT AND NOW IT JUST SITS IN THE ORIGINAL BOX BECAUSE I DONT WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE AND LOSE IT. CANT WAIT TO SEE HOW MY NEW 303 CADET HOLDS UP TO EVERYDAY USE AT WORK AND WILL BE USING IT ON WEEKENDS WHILE CAMPING. WILL DO A FURTHER REVIEW AS I GET A CHANCE TO USE THE KNIFE . I HAVE HAD VERY GOOD LUCK WITH ALL THE BUCK KNIVES I OWN.
I HAVE OWNED THIS KNIFE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS NOW AND IT HAS COME IN REALLY HANDY I HAVE USED IT TO OPEN MY MAIL, PACAGES OF DOG FOOD AND EVEN HAVE USED IT IN MY KITCHEN WHILE COOKING. ALSO HAVE USED IT CAMPING ON THE WEEKENDS. I REALLY ENJOY THIS KNIFE FOR ONLY OWNING IT TWO WEEKS ITS BEEN ONE HECK OF A KNIFE IT SHARPEN'S OUT VERY WELL I CANT TELL ANY DIFFERANCE IN MY NEIGHBORS CASE KNIFE WHEN I SHARPENED IT AND DID MY 303 THE SAME DAY COULD NOT TELL ANY DIFFERANCE IN THE SHARP EDGE ON BOTH OF THEM AT ALL. I HAVE ANOTHER 300 SERIES THE 309 COMPANION THAT I GOT AS A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION GIFT IN 2000 NO LONGER CARRY IT CAUSE DONT WANT TO LOSE IT I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL BOX AND PAPERWORK TO IT ALSO . IT NOW STAYS IN THE BOX AND IS RAZOR SHARP. THE HANDLES ON THE 309 ARE WORN DOWN REALLY SMOOTH DUE TO CARRING IT 14 YEARS TILL I BOUGHT MY 303 CADET NOW ITS TAKEN PLACE OF MY BUCK 309 COMPANION . I MIGHT GET THE 309 OUT ONCE IN A WHILE AND CARRY IT BUT NOT THAT OFTEN. MY 309 WAS MADE IN 1999 BUT I GOT IT IN 2000 MY 309 WAS MADE IN ELCAJON CALIFORNIA PLANT .
I BOUGHT THIS BUCK CADET IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR . I HAVE HAD IT ALMOST TWO MONTHS NOW AND STARTED USING IT AS SOON AS I GOT IT. I HAVE USED IT EVERYDAY SINCE I BOUGHT IT AND I AM REALLY HAPPY WITH THIS KNIFE SO FAR . THE 303 CADET TAKES A VERY NICE EDGE AND IS VERY EASY TO RE SHARPEN . I HAVE USED IT TO OPEN MY MAIL AND EVEN USE IT TO OPEN MY DOGS FOOD EVERYDAY WHEN I FEED THEM . I USE IT FOR OPENING MY MAIL AND EVEN USED IT TO OPEN A CARBOARD BOX THAT SOME TOOLS I ORDERED CAME IN AND IT STILL STAYED VERY SHARP. THIS KNIFE IS MY EVERYDAY KNIFE I HAD TO USE IT TO CUT WEEDEATER STRING TO CORRECT SIZE TO RE STRING MY WEEDEATER LAST WEEK AND IT STILL WAS SHARP AFTER CUTTING IT TO CORRECT SIZE I NEEDED . I WOULD SUGGEST THE 303 CADET TO ANYONE WANTING A KNIFE TO USE AS A EVERYDAY KNIFE . I HAVE BEEN A BUCK KNIFE OWNER SINCE 1997 AND I AM STILL BUYING THEM . I AM MAINLY BUYING THE BUCK HUNTING KNIVES CAUSE I DO ALOT OF SQUIRRL AND DEER HUNTING DURING THE WINTER EVEN DO SOME COYOTE HUNTING THROUGH OUT THE WINTER AS WELL I NORMALLY CARRY A BUCK 679 MAXLITE GUT HOOK VERSION AND MY BUCK 2012 110 . I CARRIED MY 2012 110 WHILE COYOTE HUNTING IN FEBUARY ALONG WITH MY 679 MAXLITE GUTHOOK . I ALSO BOUGHT A BUCK 112 RANGER BACK IN FEBUARY AND CARRY IT EVERYDAY ALONG WITH MY BUCK 303 CADET. I USE MY 112 FOR BIGGER TASKS WHILE CAMPING ON WEEKENDS TO CUT ROPE OR TO MAKE HOTDOG STICKS TO USE AT THE CAMPFIRE. CANT WAIT TO TRY MY BUCK 112 SQUIRRL HUNTING AS WELL WHEN I GO HUNTING I WILL JUST LEAVE MY 303 BUCK CADET ON THE DRESSER CAUSE I DONT WANT TO LOSE IT IN THE WOODS.
I HAVE A BUCK 309 FROM 1999 THAT I GOT IN 2000 AS A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION GIFT . I CARRIED IT 14 YRS STILL HAVE ORIGINAL BOX AND PAPERS I PUT IT BACK IN BOX IN SEPT 2014 I ORDERED A BUCK 303 CADET IN SEPTEMBER 2014 AND HAVE BEEN CARRING IT EVERYDAY SINCE AND I USE IT CONSTANT ALL THE TIME . THE KNIFE SHARPENS OUT VERY WELL AND HAS DONE ME A GOOD JOB I USE IT TO OPEN MY MAIL AND BAGS OF MY DOGS FOOD EVERY NIGHT . I ORDERED THIS ONE SO I WOULD NOT CARRY MY GRANDPA'S CASE KNIFE CAUSE I DONT WANT TO LOSE IT BEING HE PASSED AWAY THIS SPRING SO NOW THE 303 IS MY EVERYDAY KNIFE. I REALLY LIKE THE 300 SERIES THEY HAVE TREATED ME VERY WELL AND HAVE ALWAYS GOT RAZOR SHARP AND STAYED THAT WAY FOR A LONG TIME. I USE MY KNIFE ALMOST EVERYDAY AND ONLY HAVE TO SHARPEN IT ONCE A MONTH. I BOUGHT ANOTHER 309 THIS SEPTEMBER TO GIVE A NEIGHBOR AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT THIS YEAR. I BOUGHT HIM A BUCK KNIFE ALSO BACK IN 2010 FOR CHRISTMAS THAT YEAR ALSO.
40 years ago, I bought my first cadet and carried it everyday. It was small enough to carry in dress pants, large enough to do serious work, and strong enough to carry a great edge for an unreasonable length of time. Recently on a business trip, TSA lost it out of my checked baggage (or recognized quality and kept it for themselves), and I felt lost until I bough a replacement. It will never be the one I carried for 40 years, but it is better than anything else out there.
I purchased a Buck model 303 as a Christmas present for my father in 1975. I still have the box it came in with a price tag of $11.25 I had recently joined the US Air Force and it was my first Christmas away from home. I followed Dad's advise and retired from the Air Force in 1996. He loved the knife and carried it everywhere in his pocket for the next 11 years until his death in 1986. My older brother recently gave it to me in it's original box. It is in really good condition, still sharp and the springs still strong. My father broke the sheepsfoot blade after he carried it for few years and I don't know weather to have it replaced or just leave it as is, because of enormous sentimental value it has. Thank you Buck Knifes for making this excellent product that stands the test of time. Sincerely, Mike Adams
THIS IS MY SECONED BUCK 300 SERIES KNIFE. MY FIRST 300 SERIES WAS A BUCK 309 COMPANION MADE IN 1999 I GOT IT IN JUNE 2000 AS A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION GIFT AND CARRIED IT EVERYDAY UNTIL I ORDERED MY 303 CADET IN SPTEMBER 2014. THIS 303 HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD KNIFE I USE IT AS MY WORK KNIFE WHILE WORKING FOR A LAWN CARE SERVICE AND ALSO USE IT ON WEEKENDS WHILE CAMPING ALL SUMMER LONG. THIS KNIFE IS THE PERFECT SIZE IT IS BIG ENOUGH TO DO ANYTHING THAT I NEED TO DO FROM OPENING BAGS OF ICE FOR MY COOLER TO CUTTING ROPE OR CARDBOARD BOXES TO GET A CAMPFIRE STARTED. THIS KNIFE GOES EVERYWHRE WITH ME ALL THE TIME. I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL BOX AND PAPERS TO MY OLD BUCK 309 THAT I GOT FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION IT NOW STAY'S IN THE ORIGINAL BOX LOCKED UP AND GTS CARRIED ONCE IN A WHILE. BUCK KNIVES ARE MY FAVORITE CAUSE THEY HOLD A EXTREME RAZOR SHARP EDGE AND STAY'S SHARP FOR A LONG PERIOD TIME AND ARE SO EASY TO GET A RAZOR EDGE ON AND DONT TAKE VERY LONG TO GET SHARP AT ALL. ALL OF MY HUNTING KNIVES ARE THE BUCK BRAND AS WELL AND HAVE BEEN GOOD TO ME WHILE HUNTING I NORMALLY CARRY HUNTING MY 673 MAXLITE AND 679 GUT HOOK VERSION WHILE IN THE WOODS ALL THE TIME. I BOUGHT MY DAD THE BUCK 301 STOCKMAN AS A FATHER'S DAY PRESENT LAST YEAR AND HE ONLY CARRIES IT WHEN HE IS NOT AT WORK HE USES IT MORE AS A DRESS KNIFE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
So I just bought a new one of these about a year ago. I carried my Grandfathers 303 cadet while I was in the US Army in Germany. I cannot think of another basic pocket knife I would rather carry. I have owned case, frost cutlery, cold steel, Gerber, and may others. However I always feel best carrying my 303 cadet.I have already used it on may occasions and I keep it with me at all times. I have even just ordered one for a friend of mine's son as his first pocket knife. Since I am teaching his kid wood's craft just like my Grandfather taught me.
I didn't buy my Buck 303 anywhere, and what I have to say is more than a review. When I was around 13 or 14, (now 48 almost 49), my Mom and Dad went fishing one day and unfortunately didn't take me with. My mother found a jacknife shoved in the ground on the shore where they were fishing. She grabbed it, then brought it home and offered it to me saying, "You want this? Your dad will just break it.". It's been in my pocket since. When I lost my virginity, catching many, many fish, my high school graduation, my first wedding, (oddly enough my mother made me take it out of my tuxedo pocket), my second wedding, (which she didn't,) the birth of both of my boys, my "first day on the job", funerals, weddings, surgeries, countless hours at work.... my life. I can't imagine being without my 303. I've misplaced it a couple of times and frantically found it, but I've luckily never lost it. It might not get used quite as much as it used to, but it's ALWAYS there, in my right pocket. A five star rating? Doesn't quite cover it, but it's the highest I can give it on this site. I will be buried with it, and will make damn sure both of my boys will own one before I'm gone. It's a part of me and always will be.