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.
Just purchased this knife and there is no tang stamp identifying it as ats34 steel. Called buck and they assured me it was ats34. I was informed that Buck does not always stamp or etch their blades in some limited run build outs to identify steel type. I find this hard to believe. So they told me I could return the knife if I wanted to. And they also told me that one finds that kind of odd thing in the web specials section. All I'm saying is, buyer be aware that there is no ats34 stamp. And also beware the web specials section apparently.
This knife is amazing. I have been around a lot of Buck knives and this knife definitely holds the standard I have for them. It has a heavy and durable feel, with a beautiful thick blade. I am no metal expert, but I can promise you this blade is quality and will last a long time. The shipping was amazing also--I ordered the knife Sunday night and received it Tuesday. In my experience it takes that long just to get orders out of the warehouse. I had standard shipping selected. You will not regret buying this knife.