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.
My Open Season Small Game knife came in a few days ago. I was hesitant about ordering a knife with an open hole on the blade, but after contacting Buck customer service I was assured by their Quality Department that “the hole would not create a weak point and that it was designed as another grip point for the knife.” It came from the factory pretty sharp. Feels good in the hands and is a lot lighter than I expected. The sheath was alright but nothing great. I prefer leather but it does the job. After a short test on cutting a few things (cardboard, meat, wood) it held up nicely. The handle is a bit more narrow than I like but it actually works and gives the blade control in your hand. Best way I can explain it is it has a natural feel/hold. My only disappointment was when I opened the box and first examined the knife. The scales were scratched on both sides! This is unacceptable, which is why I am giving 4 stars. I ordered this brand new and expected it to show up looking untouched. That sort of thing bothered me. Buck Knives please make sure that someone isn't getting sloppy in your packaging. I was on your Facebook page and it appears that some others are commenting about the same thing.