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.
This blade is full bellied with a strong, thick point for heavier tasks. It can also be used as a general work knife. The top of the blade drops down toward the tip, which minimizes accidental puncturing while skinning. The drop point blade is strong and very versatile.
cool styling, light, good ergonomics and easy to flick open with the thumb stud. Mine was sharp out of the packaging. Some minor cosmetic scuffing visible on the "satin" hollow-ground portion of the blade. One other comment is that the scales dig into the fingers a little when depressing the lock back to release the blade with the thumb. Also, are newer versions of the Bantams no longer made with the thumb studs anymore? (my local outdoor store has Bantams without thumb studs and this was what I was told).
I love the knife but the bad part is that I chipped when I was cutting. It's not my favorite knife but it is still buck quality
I'm incredibly dissapointed with this knife. I've owned several Buck knives over the years and thought they were all great. Until this thing came along. I bought it two days ago and today the lock failed. Fortunately I still have most of my finger! The blade is absolutely razor sharp. Buck blades have always been excellent. But at this point I think I'll stick with my Kershaw. At least I know it won't amputate my fingertips under normal use.
I like the knife and the blade steel, which is old school and easy to sharpen. However, Buck should bring in whoever designed that clip and tell him to clean out his desk. Notice they don't show you the right side of the knife, which is 1) where the clip is and 2) the opposite side and end where it usually is on EDCs and 3) you can't move it. 4) WAY too much of the knife sticks out of your pocket. 5) If you are wearing loose pants like Dockers or Sweats it turns OUTWARD, making you shove it clear to the bottom so it will feel as heavy as possible. I guess it is made for left-handers, since it hides a LITTLE better way down at the corner of my left pocket. I just cannot believe they screwed this knife up like this and now they try to hide it. Even the reviews only gave me a quick glimpse to even see if there was a PC.
Great knife , use it almost everyday , opens easy and locks...don't buy a knife that doesn't ... Sharpens easily and stays sharp ,made in USA which means quality, plus it keeps America strong! I love this knife I the only thing that I can complain about is that I broke the very tip from using it to pry something , but I've done that with other knives... I abuse the shit out of this knife! And it still functions perfect , I've even lost it a few times and found it in the yard after a hard rain , and still no problems, plus I got it on clearance for $7 ... one word of advice ,put loctite on screws that hold on clip ... Once again very impressed and keep buying American my friend!
I have had this knife for about a year I like It but the lockback is weak. I dont highly recommend this knife
Can't open it with one hand. It's too stiff. It's riveted so I can't adjust the tension on my own. Been working it for hours with oil while I sit at my computer desk. Still not a one hand operator. Guess I'll save it and use as a chisel or pry bar in the garage. No point in having it in my pocket.
Have had several pocket knives (but not satisfied with them) since breaking the tip of an old favorite many years ago. When I purchased this at Ace Hardware, I was happy with it from the get go and no longer feel the need to keep looking for a better knife. If I could change one thing on it, I would move the thumb opening stud out toward the tip about 1/8" to provide better leverage for opening. Love having it with me, bought two more for future. Thank you for your excellent products. 2 Corinthians 5:21
The camo pattern is very nice to look at, but it's incredibly hard to open. I own other Buck knives and they open easily, so I don't know what's up with this one.
I take metal Fabrication and i use this knife for cutting hoses, and medical tape, and other. It Just a great knife to have.
I just bought one and it has a really solid lock looks good and is razor sharp. Great buy for the price i bought one in kryptek typhon looks better than in the picture.
I really like the lightness of the knife. The knife is really sturdy and won't break very easily. Really nice
I buy 1 or 2 new Buck knives a year. Did not expect to love this model as much as I have but after a few months of use I find it very useful. It's made in the USA and has that Buck heat treated 420HC steel. It's the perfect blade length for small and medium tasks, sharpens up real quick on a stone, it’s lightweight but balances nicely, easy to clip to your pocket and easy to deploy. I have paid nearly 5 times as much for knives that may look nicer but I rarely carry them. The Bantam is a working man’s knife. It won’t hurt your wallet and it’s functional.
This is one of my favorite knives in this price range. I especially like the thumb studs at 15 degrees. Makes it easy to hold the exact angle on my benchstones. I sharpen it at 15.5 degrees so as not to scrape the thumb stud. Push cuts and slices magazine paper easily. I also like that it is lightweight.
Tried multiple knives and this one is just right. Not too small to be a pain to work with, but neither too large and unwieldy for a pant pocket or everyday tasks. The additional clip is nice for two reasons... one is that the knife doesn't slip out of pockets, the other is that it can remain easily accessible and not buried in your pocket. The blade stays very sharp for long periods between light sharpening and cuts like a dream. The handle is tough and comfortable in one's hand. And for backpackers like me, makes the knife a bit lighter. The knobs on the blade, while useful for one handed use separated just enough to feel loose on both my son's and my knives. We had to apply a dab of superglue to the splined shaft and gently tap the knobs back together. They're good now. The knobs also collect gunk and need to be cleaned with a toothbrush. I think the one-handed use the knobs provide outweighs the cons though. The best part about BUCK knives is when they are made in the USA. I also loved the company mission statement included in the knife packaging. Nice to know their are still companies guided by Higher Principals.
It's a great knife good for recreational and everyday use, I carry it with me everywhere I go and fits in my nicely Buck has been my favorite brand ever since, and by the way keep up the good work.
I have bought 3 knives from Buck, one was a custom 110 and I have to say the quality and craftsmanship is one of the best I've ever seen. Even the cheaper pocket knives are awesome. You can always expect the best from Buck.
This is my first Buck knife, and I must say while it looks decent overall for the money, it's dull and not useable right out of the box which is disappointing. I'm not an avid collector (yet) as knives were always just a tool needed for the job so take that into consideration.However I've recently become interested in collecting and carrying knives as part of my EDC and thought this would be a nice light USA made folding lock blade to try, however I won't be carrying it until it's sharpened. I'm not skilled at sharpening so if nothing else this knife will give me an opportunity to learn and practice.... I really wanted to like this knife but being dull from the factory falls short of my expectations. That all being said I'm sure in the future I'll give Buck another try as I prefer to support USA manufacturers.
I have already written a review of this knife before but, today I had a car accident. It is still a fresh expreience. Nobody is injured thankfully! Our family car rolled over, and I had to cut the seatbelt. I used a Buck BLW. I bought my knife about a year or two ago. It was in my pocket as always. You can say anyathing about this knife, but it helped me escape from our rolled over car! It is sharp! Cut the thing without any problem. Be safe. Wear a seatbelt! Have a knife in you car in case you need to cut the seatbelt! Thank you!
I bought it to use for work. i kept it clipped on my pants, however on the first day the clip caught on something and bent and no longer clips tightly. Also difficult to open with one hand. I am sending it back under warranty in hopes they replace it.
Let a friend use it and the lock malfunctioned and cut him..Thankfully not to seriously but it was by luck.
Purchased my Buck 285 with the American Flag print at my local Walmart a few days ago. Knives are my hobby , I've purchased many brands in my lifetime. I'm really impressed with this knife, I had passed up the Bantam models over the years but this model had an American Flag print and I just had to have it. I love the simplicity of this knife , no bells and whistles just a strong lock, great steel, one handed opening, thumbstuds and a pocket clip in an affordable and lightweight package. It just works and its made in the USA. Dont overlook this model like I did , its a great all around blade that could serve a person well as a working blade , an edc or for hunting , hiking or fishing. Very versitle , most blades I have owned feature a 'but' .....its great 'but' too big, its nice 'but ' I can't open it fast , its sharp 'but' I don't like the locking device etc etc ....I haven't found the 'but' yet on this knife . With what I use a knife for, I can't think of anything that this knife would be too much or too less of a blade for. I'm glad I found the Bantam, its perfect for me.
Cut up a a mule deer opened 2 cans carved my pumpkin and it's still razor sharp I plane on using buck in the future the opening and closing is a little gritty but fixed by wd-40
I found this Bantam 285 knife on clearance, it was only 10$! You cannot beat an American Made knife and at a great discount! Buck makes great products. I have several other Buck knives and they are all quality blades (American made is the only way to go). Lightweight, corrosion resistant and easy to sharpen. Its a great EDC!
Bought as a hiking knife, it's gone everywhere and done it all. Hunt, fish, EDC, and camping. I keep the edge touched up, and it still shaves. I love this knife. I don't leave the house with out it.
I love it ,my son got it for me chirstmass 2014 .
I have purchased roughly 30 knives from Buck and I keep returning for one reason - the made in the USA quality manufacturing and the reliability. This pocket knife his no different. I bought it in the copperhead finish and have been beating on it the last 4 months with no complaints. I'm a Buck man for life.
I just purchased this knife after looking at Many one being Kershaw. My Daughter was with me and needed something at the store...I had a budget of $50.00 so I went with the Bantam BLW because it is Made in the USA and it allowed me to get a great Knife and the item my daughter wanted and stay in my budget for both items. OKAY now comes the best part...What it says on the note they put in the package: "For God loved the world so much that He gave his only son; so that anyone who believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life"- John 3:16...I know that God works in my life everyday since I gave my life to him and you can have the same...trust in God and you will have the best life that God promises you will have...I am so happy that God lead me to purchase this knife from a family that believes in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...God Bless Y'all!
Its a great knife. Ive had it for about 6 months now. I currently use it for my everyday carry for work in law enforcement & its perfect for what you need. A basic knife that holds its sharpness very well plus its not too heavy that it will weigh you down..very convenient. The handle fits nicely in your hands with enough leverage. Recently took it to a fishing trip in Rockport, Tx. & it held up well even in with some rough abuse. I would recommend this knife as a less expensive alternative for an everyday carry.
Me honesty I think that the blade is great and holdes for along time plus I like my color of the handle which its coal black and I like the other colors to but thanks buck for a knife that I can have for long time and tell my kids about I trust you so thanks
I've had this knife for about two and a half years now, And it's done everything i have needed it to accomplish as a Boy Scout and a Cadet in ROTC. I've got no complaints about this knife, It's been dropped, Beaten countless times and worked though many rigorous activities. Holds a fine edge very well, and sharpens up nicely. I recommend purchasing this knife for yourself, it's a great quality flip knife.
I bought it as a city of the knife. I use it for 7 months. It is light, very pleasant to hold in your hand. Quality steel at a height as my 110 anniversary. There is a small backlash the blade. This occurs due to the flexibility of plastic handles. Satin finish blade slopes decelerated in the products, cutting off slightly hampered, scabrous. As a result, this a good knife, but in its price. If you add a little bit of metal inside the grip around the blade mount and make a smoother finish blade bevel, it would be super.
I have had the knife for about two years now. I honestly love the camo look and the fact its very reliable. But the clip wears out only complaint though worth every penny for the knife.
Really nice knife for the money and made in USA a plus . Cool patterns and colors to pick from.
I own several Buck Knives including an old 110 I bought myself when I was in the Navy and a 50th anniversary 110. Both exhibit Bucks uncompromising quality! The 285C I purchased is another story. It is thin and light making it an easy carry, but the opening mechanism is rough and uneven making it very difficult to open with the thumb stud. The finish on the blade is rough, the hollow ground area shows machining and the cutting edge looks like they used a grinder. After a good wet stone was used it is holding an edge well. Looks durable and should last, but the finish work could be better. Expected a little more from Buck.
Good knife I use it just about every day. Nice and lite but strong knife stay nice and sharp love it.
I've had this particular knife for a few years now. It's very easy to sharpen and it stays sharp longer then most knives I own. It easy to open and close, the only problem I have with it is that after a few years the lock on it has begun to slip and the body has become fairly loose. I've used this knife for just about everything and it's great for any and every task. A very good knife (as usual) from BUCK.
I bought my first one because it was inexpensive and I wanted a knife that I could leave behind on a Rocky mountain hike. (I was flying home). Anyway, I was so impressed with this knife that I bought another one as soon as I got home. I have hiked, hunted, fished, camped, and used it as a EDC knife. It is the best little knife I have ever had. It is easy to hold on to even when it is wet. Takes an edge easy, and will shave hair when it is sharp. If it was twice the price it would be a deal. All this and it is a Buck.... What more could you ask.
BLW has a great price/value ratio. The first thing I noticed after opening the package was the sharpness of the blade. It is really sharp! The handle is plastic, very lightweight. I had no problem opening the blade with one hand, altough it requires moderate strenght... I think this is a great knife for the price! I might purchase other Buck products in the future based on the BLW...
I am a mechanic by trade, therefore anything I use must stand up to a grueling test. This knife has never failed me in the shop or anywhere else. It ranks right with my Leatherman and Streamlight for style, function, and true grit. Plus I wont hesitate to use it in a fancy restaraunt to cut up steak!!!
This is the bare bones work truck of knives. You get a high quality made in the USA blade in a no-frills package that does what it's intended to do - cut stuff. Not paying extra money for a fancy handle and sheath. I have much nicer, more expensive Buck knives which I of course hold in higher regard, but for the price these bantams sure have their place. Great quality blade. Truly a utilitarian no frills tool that functions terrifically and fills a niche perfectly.
I live in Japan, and have been a fan of Buck Knives for more than three (3) decades now. I have recently purchased this Bantam/BLW/285, Black Handle. I have actually been wanting this knife since about two (2) years ago, but refraining to buy it with only one (1) reason of the statement by saying “U.S. Made of U.S. and Imported Parts”, which this “Imported Parts” must mean Made in China. But, I have recently decided to buy it since I took the value of Buck instead of the cheap country like China. My most concern was the Mold Injection Handle, which should be “Imported Parts”, but my concern has just been blown away upon receipt of this Knife. This Handle is so great!! The entire Knife is very light, plus the blade is a tough 420HC, Razor Sharp Blade, and is very easy to Sharpen. This is a perfect EDC Knife! This has quickly become one of my most favorite Buck Knife. I’m planning to put a U.S. Made Paracord with some nice Japanese made Paracord beads to make it look more beautiful. Again, thanks, my #1 Knife Maker in U.S.!!
Takes two hands to open, feels gritty and binding. The release is horrible. Even after oiling with Rem oil and open and closing 50 times. It is way to tight and gritty. Payed $25.00 at dicks sporting goods and have better $5.00 Winchester knifes from Walmart with much better quality.
Used to hunt a lot, still fish when time permits. Own several Bucks, some others including a Randall. Another great product and at a super price point. And as always I greatly appreciate the integrity to stand behind your faith and not for the sake of selling more knives but because it's who you are.
I purchased this recently to replace my daily carry pocket knife. I have a Buck 110 Folding Hunter, a Buck 112 Ranger, and a Buck 301 Stockman, all great knives. The 110 and 112 are a little big and heavy for a daily carry pocket knife. I really like and carried the 301 for many years, but I wanted a lockback for daily carry. This Bantam BLW is just right for me. I have used Buck knives for many years and have always been very pleased.
I purchased this knife from the factory store in Post Falls for on duty carry as a police officer three years ago. I also purchased a larger 286 for home use at the same time, but the 285 quickly became my favorite. This has been the best knife I have ever purchased. Its small size makes it perfect to be carried unnoticed in a side cargo pocket but very quick and easy to get to. Its highly polished surfaces makes it very smooth opening and it positively locks without fear of it ever closing on your precious fingers at the worst possible time. The blade is long enough to do anything I have ever needed and it holds a great edge. Gotta love a product made in America by those committed to Christian beliefs and who are so supportive to our law enforcement and military. Go Buck!!!