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.
I received the eagle scout version of this knife when I got my eagle scout in October. I carry it everywhere with me. I think it is an awesome knife. I really like that it's made in the USA.
I've been looking for the perfect knife for about the last 10 years. I've purchased different types of knives and multi tools at birthdays and Christmases only to find myself looking for another knife shortly after the initial excitement of each knife wore off. There was always something that just wasn't right - not strong enough, too big, too small, funny blade shape, bad method of carry, etc.... I finally found the 500 Duke, and it's perfect. It is beefy and ridiculously strong. It's slim enough to ride in my pocket, including in my dress pants for work, without being uncomfortable. And I'll tell you what, the gratifying sound of the "click" when the blade locks into place never gets old. I've beaten on this thing and have treated it harder than any other knife I've ever owned, and it is still like brand new. If you're on the fence about the Buck 500, jump off and give it a try. Buck for life.
I retired after 40 years in the fire service. I have had my "Duke" for many years and have carried it every day on and off the job. It always holds a good edge. The size works well, not small or too large. I have used it for everything from fire/rescue emergencies to skinning a buck. If the newer ones are as good as this older version it's a great buy. I'm sure this one will be passed on and used buy one of my sons. A tool for generations. Proud to own and carry it.
I bought my knife about 30 years ago and it is still my favorite knife. It is still tight but smooth opening. I've cleaned many a squirrel with this knife and have even shaved with it. Best knife I've ever owned.
I have several Buck knives in my collection. The Duke is the knife of choice, when a smaller pocket folder isn't enough. Even if you're dining out, and the butter table knife just won't do, you won't end up sawing your food. It comes razor sharp, holds an edge, and sharpens easily. There's also a Chuck Buck limited one available if you hurry. This American made beauty will not disappoint.
This was a Christmas present from my son. I own a number of Buck knives, all great. This one is extremely well made. Very sharp out of the box. But also a great feel in the hand. The finishing is first class. And American made! A great present. A great knife.
I bought this knife as an everyday, whatever I need it for knife back when I was in middle school and mowing lawns for money. I still have it to this day. A good friends dad told me about Buck Knives and boy was he right! It still holds an amazing edge! I just found a website that has some sheaths Buck made in the 80's that are brown like the ones you can get for the 110 so I ordered one. Will be getting one for my son.
I just realized that I forgot to review this knife when my wife got it for me. My wife was so excited- she said ordering with Buck Knives is so pleasant. My wife is currently pregnant with our first (it's a little girl) and for my first fathers day (2015) she ordered me a Duke engraved with "Adi's Daddy 2015". Our daughters name is Adi-Ann. This knife is superb and simply beautiful. Please note- it's the only knife I know of that has stainless steel bolsters- and to me that's just awesome and makes it so dang rugged! Came razor sharp from the factory.... I highly recommend this knife- I won't leave home without it!
After the loss of my original Duke 500, I was overjoyed to see Buck had brought them back into production. I had received my first Duke 500 many years ago for reaching the rank of eagle and then promptly lost my new knife on a mountain due to a faulty sheath. I received my new Duke 500 a couple weeks ago, It is as beautiful and impressive as I had hoped. Unfortunately the blade has a fair amount of play when open and locked. The knife also doesn't close smoothly at all, making it unsafe to use. Im glad that Buck has the "forever warranty", because I will be sending it back.
The knife that I received was actually my second Eagle Scout Duke. The first I got many years ago, back before Buck reintroduced them and it was a third party that was providing old Duke 500's for eagle scouts. The belt strap on the included sheath broke after a very short time, resulting is the loss of that knife on some mountain somewhere, a fitting end at least. My second, the one for which I am writing this review came a couple weeks ago. It is very beautiful, the trade marks on the handle are new and were not on my first one. It was really great to have this knife back, especially since up until a short time ago the were discontinued. Like in the title though, unfortunately the blade has quite a bit of play when open and locked, also it doesn't seem to close correctly either. Those two issues prevent me from using it safely. Buck has a great warranty, but It takes several weeks for returns/repairs and I need a blade much sooner than that. At some point I'm sure I wont be able to stand that this beautiful knife is held up in some drawer gathering dust, and I'll send it in.
I've owned numerous Bucks over the years and have never been disappointed. I was extremely pleased with the fit and finish on my 2014 produced Buck Duke. The edges are all smooth with perfect wood/metal fit. The blade locks up like a bank vault door. Overall, the Buck Duke is world class American quality.