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 would have paid the difference to have made here Looks like we will be buying old buck knifes on eBay soon
This is a solid knife that is well executed and extremely competent. Chinese manufacturers can make a mighty fine product when it's required. Buck QC makes all the difference. Good value, and a company that stands behind its product, wherever made. Thanks, Buck.
Yes I wish this was USA made too. That being said, it really is a good knife, and makes an outstanding blade for hard use and abuse. Hammer pommel is nice, I use it more than I thought I would. Solid edge retention, even after some hard use. Comfortable to use, no hot spots or loose scales/gaps to pinch you. Sheath is very nice for a knife at this price point. A little annoying to switch around, but definitely usable. Overall I'm very pleased with he Selkirk, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid but fair priced knife.
I was very happy when I bough this knife in (B.P.S) stores. Have a good weight,a little difficult to taken of. But when I looked said China :( I bought this knife because I remember my grandfather was a veteran and when I'm a little kid he told me this knife it's the best because it's made in America. What happen???
Listen, it's a great knife that has terrible reviews. It is sadly made in China, but so are most things. It is 420 HC steel, i don't see why everyone is getting worked up about it, it's not top of the line, but that doesn't mean it's bad steel, it's great steel but not the best. Yes the sheath is plastic, still a great sheath. People have broken the sheath then they get ma and say they won't buy from Buck again, it's a 50$ knife at most retailers, they admit that the knife is great quality but the sheath broke from a oak sapling springing back and hitting it. Newsflash, it's a 50$ knife, and plastic breaks, KYDEX breaks too. It's a great knife and I recommend it, despite it being made in China,a and terrible reviews
I just bought this nice and very impressed. The sheath can be reversed to work for a left handed person, which is not mentioned in the item description. The knife feels great and is a solid product, there is no drought this knive is built to Buck standards and no less. The fact that it is made in China is not a downfall. A reality of today is that products will be made and manufactured outside of North America. I support local products but this knife has all the features and feel that I am looking for, so I am fine with it being made elsewhere. Very please with this knife and serves well as my camp set up knife and hunting knife, This will not be my boning or skinning knife but will be a fine substitute in a pinch.
Had this buck knife for 3 weeks working in the woods and went to sharpen the tip of a birch stick and the blade chipped a big piece broke of the blade. I was so disappointed and right then I knew it happened because it was made in China. It's junk buck should be ashamed for doing business in china
Buck knives should be proud to made u.s.a for de quality . paid high price for china knives
China ? Really Buck? I don't trust a Buck knife made in China.
I don't care where the factory is. I'm not reviewing Buck, I'm reviewing the quality of the actual knife in my hands. If you haven't at least handled the knife, you're not actually reviewing the knife (which is what these customer reviews are for), you're reviewing the idea of the knife. The way you get your point across about not liking the idea of the knife is by not buying it. If being made in China is a big enough issue, Buck will see it in their sales figures. This is not an opinion board, it is a product review system. This knife lives up to the advertisement, and is exactly what they say it is. I am not blown out of the water, but I am impressed by the overall design and feel. There was a 1mm gap between the guard and one of the scales, and one of the hex-skrews was slightly loose. The later is an easy fix. Also if price vs quality is an issue, remember you can find the knife through other outlets instead of buying it streat from Buck. This makes it a great value.
First Buck knife ever.... Basically : I LOVE IT!!! I live in South Africa and I don't care where the knife is made, as long as I get a blade worth my money. These so called patriots who say they won't buy it because it's made in China, it's b***s*** to say the least! You don't even own the knife! All you're looking at, is the Made in China on the blade. And if you're SO "patriotic", then why don't you complain about where Buck gets the raw materials from out of which they craft their blades? AWESOME KNIFE!!!! All the reviews and tests I've watched are completely positive, they do mention it's made in China, but I've you're SO "patriotic" then don't buy it, along with ALL the other imports! THANKS BUCK!!!! MY FIRST ONE, VERY PROUD OF IT AND ALREADY SAVING UP FOR ANOTHER!!!!!!!!! P.s. I live on a farm in the Karoo, so this knife should do nicely.
I am a long time Buck owner, supporter and advocate. Being from Idaho I took great pride in the fact that Bucks were made by Americans in a great state. I love this knife design, I'm not a fan of the sheath. 2 reasons I will not buy this knife that I would really like to own... 1. Buck sold out to China and that makes them not very special anymore. 2. I want it in S30V.
I got a Buck Selkirk a several months ago. I'll admit here and now that I basically hero-worship the knife at this point and it's going to be a way positive review. It's named after Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish adventurer who was stranded in South America and whose exploits inspired the book Robinson Crusoe... cool, right!? At first, I was a bit distressed to see it was made in China. Now, after using it for a while, it could have been made in a sweat shop in Bangladesh and I'd still have some love for it. It's sturdy and the blade is made from 420HC, which is Buck's standard material for blades. It has a drop point blade that's 4 5/8" long... Which is 11.9 cm for anyone outside the US. (it's entire weight is about .6 oz or 216 g.) The top of the blade drops down toward the tip, which supposedly minimizes accidentally puncturing yourself. I "punctured" myself on the blade within the first 2 hours of wearing it. It was so sharp the wound didn't bleed or hurt for a few seconds, then gushed blood for a few minutes. The blade is still crazy sharp after cutting myself and using it for a couple weeks for work . The handle is made of micarta and has steel bolsters (rear bolster can be used as improvised hammer)... bad ass right? After getting it I immediately thought about how cool of a mark this "improvised hammer" would make on skin. Still waiting to see it.. Now to the sheath. Its made of Kydex which is supposed to have all kinds of benefits like less wear, quieter than other sheaths...etc. What I love is the how the blade feels while you're pulling it out. It's a couple steps shy of a tight, near scrape fit. You can also adjust Kydex to ride either vertically or horizontally. Rotating the sheath to ride horizontally was the first thing I did right after I got it. It tends to be less visible but still not considered a "concealed weapon" ... In California, a concealed knife with a fixed blade is a felony while being caught with a concealed gun is a misdemeanor. Hahaha, makes total sense to me... A magnesium stick/whistle is included on the sheath. I've not had the need to use either.This is going to be my go to knife for the foreseeable future. I highly recommend everyone get one,... soon.
Been reading a lot of crappy reviews for the Selkirk but they must for a different knife then the one I bought! I was saving up for an F1 or 162 but after handling the Selkirk I changed my mind. It is beutifully finished, sharp as heck and very comfortable to use. I know the F1 and 162 are made of more exotic steel but I have had many years of using Buck 420 without any issues what so ever and have dressed a lot of game. The China thing is disappointing but it is the reason I got a quality knife for a modest outlay. If you are determined to hate it that is fine but from an actual user of the tool it has a lot going for it. Sheath not so keen on but since I work with leather I can soon sort that out
I've read the reviews, here's my take. I saw the knife, I held it, pulled it in and out of the sheath which seems fine, probably would have an issue or two with it but all in all, for an "all purpose/beat the hell out of it" knife it would most likely be fine but if I wanted a "Chinese/beat the hell out it " kinda knife I wouldn't be buying a buck. I'd go to Bass Pro and buy Redhead or Old Timer or Smith and Wesson. All I'm saying is , I know it's cheaper for Buck to out source but , it's Buck , we have higher expectations. "Made in USA" on a Buck is what gives us that warm fuzzy feeling. There's just some things that need to stay the same. Imagine "John Wayne" carrying a Taurus six shooter. It'll do the job, but it's just wrong.
Have it made in the USA and I will buy one. I don't buy any knives made in China.
I just received my Selkirk last week. Very nice fit to the hand and great feel over all. My only complaint is that the fire striker falls out of the whistle when I try to strike a spark. It isn't secured to it by any means. It doesn't pop out all the time but in a pinch would not be good. I have notified Buck via email and will see how they respond. Yes it would be great to have had this knife solely produced in the USA, especially since it named after an American mountain system. That being said, this isn't a Chinese designed knife with Chinese materials. This is a USA design with USA specified materials. This isn't some Chinese knock off crap. This is well designed and well constructed. Can't wait to take my grandchildren out for a camping trip with the knife.
Hey guys, if you don't like your knife, please send them to me. I love my Selkirks, I have both the fixed and folder. Alot of things said and most of you won't even try the knife. I got both of mine in a trade from a dealer in Knoxville, and the look is what caught my eye. My knives are not safe Queens, I use mine on a daily basis and have not been dissatisfied in the least. And as far as the fit and finish goes, I have seen some more expensive knives that were awful looking. My folder has centering that's spot on. My fixed blade fits just right in my hand. And like I said before, send me your knife, I promise I'll put it to good use. firstname.lastname@example.org
I love this knife. I don't care where it was made. I love Buck Knives and this one fits right along with the rest. Yes the sheath can be difficult to change but no real big deal. It has performed flawlessly from camping chores to field dressing whitetail. I see a lot of negative reviews from people who don't even own this knife. How can you submit an honest review when you don't own or even use the product???
Recently purchased this Buck knife. I like the adjustable carry positions of the sheath, sharpness of blade, feel of the micarta scales and overall feel of the knife. Only complaint is that the scales were loose right out of the box. Not expected of a product out of the Buck lineup and never experienced with any other Buck knife I own. I almost returned it for that issue alone but it was easily remedied having a garage full of hand tools. For someone without tools this may be an issue. Good knife for the price. time will tell if it holds up. I probably won't use or abuse this knife like I would a Ka-bar nor will I rely solely on this as my only knife. It does look pretty on the shelf though. I would recommend this knife to friends and family due to price point and features. And c'mon people It's made in China,deal with it, so is half the crap you buy at Walmart. Spend the extra money and buy something else. Buck, your China factory needs more quality control.
Love it, good grind and edge. Just pretty enough to show but plain enough to really use! I can put my pretty Vanguard in my back pack. Love the sheath, I can't decide if I like it horizontal or vertical so I switch it whenever I want to. I like that the firesteel keeper can be removed from the sheath. I wish there was a place for a lanyard in the handle. I wanted this knife forever and I am pleased.
Come on guys ... "Wake Up"!!! It doesn't matter whether it is made in India, China, USA, Sweden or any part on earth ... these days, manufacturing are done mostly by machines ... it is the materials and manufacturing methodology used that dictate the quality of the product and not the location of manufacturing that counts! Guys ... all Apple products like iPhone, iMac, iPad, Nike sports wear and other top US brands are manufactured in China ... are you saying you will stop using or buying them because they are Made In China??!!! I think Apple will start to become really worrying if you folks give iPhone a poor review just because it is manufactured in China!!!
I got this knife a while back when I was at cabelas, when I saw it, I immediately fell In love with it... I had to get this. When I got it I showed it off to everyone. I showed it to my dad and he was impressed. Then he got this look like he was disappointed. He told me he liked everything but the fact that this was made in China. I have always been a huge fan of buck knives. I have never been able to put a buck through so much that it breaks. I've absolutely abused my buck knives. They have always pulled through strong. I really like the 420 steel becaue buck has been using it for a long time and they know how to heat treat it the best way possible and it provides good rust resistance. I left my 193 outside for 2 months and it only had a bit of rust on the edge. I would expect the exact same out of this knife because it's the same steel. It's a legendary name with amazing blade. Don't hate on a knife that you don't even have, if it was made in the USA then that would be great but its not, I'm not being turned off of this knife because of where it's made. I'm going to treat this knife the same way I treat every other knife. As long as I don't use it as a pry bar or run over it with a truck then I think it will be alright. The only thing I don't like about the knife is the guard, the handle and the grind. Put a guard on it, some scales on the handle and a hollow grind and maybe a little bit if a clip point like on the 285 knife and I would have no complaints. If it was made in America then I'm sure everyone would love it then
All these Liberals complaining about an American company maximizing some profit by having one of it's products made in China need to shut their traps. Have had my Selkirk for a few days now, and it seems to be a pretty decent camp knife, and without breaking the bank! Good job Buck Knives! Thanks for making a good, hefty bushcraft knife for us working guys. Making America great again!!!!
So, having this knife for awhile now, i have tried to destroy it. Whacking down hrowth on my fence roll, hacking on a 4x4, beating on anything with the pummel. Well, i ended of loving this Chinese knife, a lot. Wished it was made here, however it is made up to buck standards. Imho.
Have been using the knife for a few months now and am really enjoying it. Perfect size for hiking, camping and hunting. Sheath is great and securely holds the knife. Fire starter and whistle are a bonus! Only minor complaint is that the handle is a little too smooth and can be a little slippery when new. A little rough sand paper took care of that. Overall a great design. Just ordered another one!
Next run, call it the Yangling. At least then the mountains evoked are in the country of origin for this knife. Calling this oriental steel "Selkirk" would be hilarious were it not so sad.
Ok, I get it. All Americans and a Canadian want it made in U.S.A. I know all the debates and opinions and all that. Hey I even wish it was made in the good ole U.S. of A. but guess what it's made in China. For now at least. Does not change that this is an absolute fantastic knife. It's still a Buck! And has a lifetime warranty! Almost everything is freaking made in China now a days.. this knife is beautiful! Sharp! And super comfortable in the hand.. I paid 65$ on another site.. if it was made in USA it be 150$ easy.. . I love this knife! If you guys don't want yours send them to me. Some of you probably don't even own it just on the reviews to complain its made in china.. because if you had it you would like it.. Yeah you still wish it said USA on it.. Yeah me too.. but i still love this knife and would buy it again.. actually I did lol as soon as I seen they had a smaller version of this knife now i bought it with out thinking twice. And it's just as awesome got it for 37$ pffft . Love these Selkirks.. !!!
I wanted to like this knife. I really did. I saw it in the display case an loved the shape of the blade. Picked it up and on the other side, "made in china"... So sad... I have many BUCK knives. My father's 110 is one of my most treasured possessions. This is not about xenophobia or racism. This is about the fact that china has poor quality control and smells from cheap, poor quality steel. If this blade was made in Germany, Japan, or another area known for quality steel, I would have no issues and would have bought it. For China, this knife should be $19.95 to reflect the $2.00 a day Chinese factory workers make.... but at $80.00 No thanks. BUCK- ARE YOU LISTENING? a bunch of us would pay more for high quality steel that we can trust... guess I'll go buy a Benchmade
I bought this knife of of amazon and it shipped in 2 days. When I first got the knife I went outside to try the fire steel and within the first 5 tries, it snapped. I called the company and they shipped me a new one completely free, it came to my doorstep the next week. I think my firesteel may have snapped because I wasnt using it right, and now it works great. The knife is not extremely sharp but enough to baton a decent size log, or make a featherstick. The knife sends out long lasting sparks from the included firesteel. This will make a great long lasting first bush knife, or just for camping.
the belt adjustment bar is a piss poor design you basicly have to disassemble the belt carring system to adjust for your belt width some engineer had to justify his job to over design this system
I just bought the knife from Canadian Tire for 89 bucks and noticed that the scales were loose when I got it home. The sheath is adequate and the fire steel throws nice sparks but the loose scales do not seem to stay tight when I tighten them. Haven't taken it out to the bush yet so I don't yet know how the blade will hold up. Being Chinese made don't bother me but quality control is certainly important. If the scale problem continues Buck had better fix the problem or send me a new knife.
China made, it would be worse only if it were North Korean made. The sheath is poorly designed out poor material.
I see a lot of comments on here critical of the knife being made in China. If you put this knife in your hand, you will see that it is a solid, well made knife that IS WORTHY of the Buck name. My fiancé got me this knife for my birthday and i can't wait to take it out into the field.
I've been a fan of buck knives for a long time and I wanted to buy this really bad. I think it is a sharp design and a beautiful knife, especially since I grew up in the Selkirk mtns. I work at a steel mill that supplies buck with alot of their blade steel. I take alot of pride in that when I'm using a buck it's steel I made in a knife made buy another American. Made in USA I'd pay up for it. Won't touch this crap.
this is good knife at an affordable price. It has premium micarta handles and a nice kydex sheath. Buck are known for making knives in the USA but have a few that are made in China. I'm ok with that as long as they keep making some of their stuff made here in the US. People who complain about made in China products should write the big brother and ask why they don't make it easier for American companies to make their products here. I would still rather have a Chinese-made BUCK than some Taylor brands knife where the customer service and warranty are almost non-existent. Buck (like Gerber) have excellent customer service and stand behind their products. I'll keep buying Buck. Hopefully some day they will make all of their line here in the US.
I was looking for a fixed blade with an acceptable quality and affordable price in a local store. The salesperson gave me a lot of options but non seemed nice to me being too big, too heavy or to expensive.but then there was this awsome knife. It seemed like a normal but solid knife but when i held it in my hand and pulled this work of art out of its sheath myself, i fell in love! It is a solid, reliable, connvinient and good looking knife and the best part is that besides all of its qulities and eye catching appeal it is resonably priced. I own a couple of buck knives and most of them are made in the states and trust me on this, this one is just as good amd though as the others. So stop being so bias !
I would not have bought this knife as it is made in China. Having said that, it was a Christmas gift. It feels solid and and otherwise I don't have any problem with the knife itself. The Fire steel is good. Makes decent sparks. Whistle is not very loud. Made in China just makes you second guess quality, and tells you it is on the low end spectrum for Buck knife. Regardless as I said the knife seems fine, and I will add it to my regular outdoor gear.
This knife is a classical hunter's shape. The tip has enough belly to skin animals with the minimal risk of accidental piercing. The spine is thick, measuring as 0.134 inch just beyond the thumb grooves. Although no knife should ever be used as a pry bar, it has the needed spine and heft to cut through joints and spine. The butt cap and guard appear TIG welded to the blade with no obvious bubbles or gaps. The handles have the appearance of canvas micarta, which are screw clamped to what appears to be the full tang blade. The blade arrived just short of field sharpness, and it only took minor touch up to get the blade to a good working sharpness. The sheath holds the knife well secured, even when inverted. A moderate tug is required to release the knife from the sheath. The flint striker had an oxidized black finish which took about 4 strikes to cut through before significant sparks were released. The resulting shower of sparks, once the coating was cut through was bright and satisfying. The whistle is a single piercing note, which should carry large distances through the woods. Minor fit and finish issues with the handle slabs could be seen under close examination, but none of the issues would affect actual use of the blade in the field. The purpose the blade was purchased for was the field dressing of game. It fulfills this task well.
This is a great knife and I don't give two bits where it was made. Buck has done a great job on this. It may be one of the best all around knives that I own...if not the best multi-purpose knife. Not only would I buy this knife again for myself, but I will be ordering one for my father within the next weeks for his birthday.
I will try not to bring where it is made into the review.I find the workmanship average,not great,just average for any knife at this price.The rear grind on the back of one side of blade was off"different from otherside across from it.Handle felt thin in my hand,wish it was thicker so I could sand down for a more custom fit.Sheath sucks,I hate kydex,would have paid more for a leather sheath that could have been worn,crossdraw,hip or apache SOB style.Kydex is cold and noisy,not good things in the woods. Would have liked to seen knife made with high carbon tool steel,easier to maintain its edge than the 440 stainless.Overall I used the knife as is for one month in the UP of Michigian daily.I was not all that impressed,will being selling it on EBAY soon.Felt 2 fixed blades I carry alot are a better buy and far more usefull.A older frost of sweden army knife with green plastic sheath,that I paid 12.00 for,other is a Ontario Ouartermaster SP17,same price as Buck!
You guys should filter and delete all of the "reviews" in which the writer has not used/bought/owned the knife. After all, these are supposed to be reviews, not speculation. Right? I own it and love it. No heavy duty usage yet though.
I have been patiently waiting the arrival of my very own Selkirk and I finally found it in stock and jumped on the purchase. Having just picked this up I am really excited to put it to work in the woods but that has not happened yet. I don’t abuse my knives but I do use them and I expect this one will serve me well for years to come. It feels very sturdy and has a solid heft to it that instantly gives you confidence that whatever you ask of it, it will deliver. The Selkirk is not too big yet not small it feels like it’s the ideal size to tackle an abundance of tasks. While the sheath is versatile I would much prefer a leather version, but that is a personal preference. The box and blade are labeled “CHINA” which is a bit disappointing but I trust BUCK has in place adequate quality control to ensure this knife lives up to Buck’s legendary quality and durability.
I bought this knife based on bucks good reputation and was surprised to find it was made in China. I have had to sharpen it twice during skinning my half of a single deer and was expecting it to hold an edge better than that. That said the ergonomics and blade shape are good as is the vertical or horizontal configuration option on the sheath. Just wish the edge held better.
It's a sad, sad day.... Something as "American" as Buck Knives, now made in China. How many of us got a buck knife for your first knife? A wonderful, high quality, American tradition..... Sold out, traded for profits and poor craftsmanship . I won't even look at buck knives anymore.
Looks ok, feels ok.... Then you see "China" on the blade.... So, it's not made ok. Really Buck, this can't be made in the US?
My 3rd buck knife, nice looking, nice sleath. All down hill from that. Very sad!! Made in china, my sleath broke after its 5th use. I am constantly getting rust spots on my blade after saltwater use, even though i wash my knife asap with soap and warm running water. My other 2 buck knives made in U.S.A. i havent had any issues with. Where has Bucks quality gone? Now i have to oil the blade of my Selkirk after every use which i shouldnt have to do but with poor quality if steel thats being used i have no other chooce. This is the last Buck knife ill buy.
I love the look of this knife. I know it would be a great knife, but why is it made in China when Buck has made its name on being made in America? That alone will keep me from buying this knife.
This review is different insomuch as I don't own the knife. Figured maybe Buck doesn't mind negative reviews from people who've bought the knife, but might pay attention to someone who won't buy the knife because of where it's made. Fact is, after poring over the site for like an hour and narrowing it down to the perfect shape knife, this is it... But I'm not going to buy it because it's made in China. Make it in the US, and you'll have a sale.
Mine came with three black screews on one side two black and one silver on the other, poor quality control. The sheath is really useless and cheap. The knife it self is nice looking, I hardly considerate a survival knife, maybe some light bush craft. I think putting it in a nice leather sheath and calling it a skinning knife would make more sense. I love my vanguard, my 119, my 124, and my buck tops knives alot, this one I feel was a waste of money
I really like this setup, BUCK is proven time and again while hunting and field dressing large midwest white tail deer. I would purchase this setup but after reating the reviews I refuse to purchase CHINA made BUCK knives. Hope you understand, plus who can possibly use a knife so much that they need to use something other than 420HC? Don't chop rocks! Use an ax along with a knife. Keep you edge razor sharp easily. That is all.
Buck had a good thing going, I have too many to count, folders and fixed blade, but not a single one Made in China and I wont start now.
Picked one up the other day just cause i liked the look and feel, got it home and found nothing but good reviews on youtube. Named after Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish adventurer who was stranded in South America and whose exploits inspired the book Robinson Crusoe, i think that speaks for itself. Beautiful knife, great sheath made from Buck's flagship steel, for the money it's a great knife. My new EDC.
Great looking knife, with good reviews from users. I won't buy made in China on principle, regardless of the quality. Make it here and I will buy one, even if it cost more.
I had it in my shopping cart, applied 35% off promo code. decided to see if the whistle/flint clip was removable from the sheath and watched the video. there it was, stamped on the blade, CHINA I cant do it, as much as I've been looking forward to this knife and waiting patiently, I can't bring myself to buy it knowing I could buy another knife made in the USA like the ESEE 3, 4, Izula, or the coming-soon RB3. I know, whine, gripe, complain, whatever you want to call it. but i figured they put the option to post here because they want to know our opinions as customers.
Only things I don't like is #1 it's made in china :( .. I would pay more for it to made here at home!! 2nd I lost my fire starter some how just looked down one day and it wasn't there . I would like to replace it but can't find out how to do that . Asked bass pro shop . ( that's where I got it and they said (idk) . :( ... Hope buck sees this review and helps out! Please
I put the video of the SELKIRK on youtube, check it out https://youtu.be/YQgfp-MBp68
I was excited about this knife, like the ground on it and looks like it will feel good in the hand.. but watched the Video then seen China stamped on it... NOPE... I am a lifelong Buck user, I have alot of Buck knives and carry a custom S30V 110 on my belt and the 501 S30V in my pocket.. I love Buck and still do, they are all I carry, but I cannot have a Buck with CHINA stamped on it.. Sorry...
not a fan of the sheath. Love everything about the knife ! Quality , size, comfort in the hand. For the price , it should of had a high quality leather sheath. Leather looks better, feels better , and lasts longer !
I collect knives and have quite a few. I usually buy them for their utility. This Selkirk is one of the few I've purchased just because they are sculptural works of art. The clean lines, the satin polish, and the grain pattern of the two-tone Micarta drew my eyes instantly. The juxtaposition of the wood-grain and the satin stainless remind me of high-end office furniture. The sheath complements the knife nicely. From a more practical POV, the knife arrived quite sharp. Five minutes on my Sharpmaker brought it to hair-popping sharpness. I expect it will last forever, like my 50-year-old Buck 105, which still goes camping with me. I agree with the reviewer who said that this knife is an instant classic. The only thing I'd change is to add a lip to the sheath for my thumb to push against when drawing the knife.
Got a chance to handle this knife at a local sporting goods store. Really nice. Ergonomic grip, great size. But, it's made in China. Just can't do it. Buck, how come this can't be made in the USA?
My new Selkirk 863 is a high quality knife at a moderate price. It arrived with an excellent edge and a few strokes with a fine stone made it perfect. Give this knife try; don't let the made in China label stop you! The steel is 420HC and the workmanship it first class. The scales are quite beautiful.
I ordered this before Father's Day but no one had them in stock, well it finally arrived and I am very impressed. I am a profession marine rigger (sailboats) and yacht delivery captain and as soon as I saw this knife online my brain said, "rigging knife!". The knife is made in China but that's why it is affordable, imperative for a work knife that will get used hard and possibly dropped overboard. I work in a high humidity marine environment so the 420 stainless is a necessary compromise. If it isn't salt spray it is my perspiration that is attacking my tools. Some reviewers don't like the sheath but the sheath is one the reasons I bought it! Leather is nice but not for the aforementioned conditions. I raised mine for higher, hip carry so it doesn't interfere when sitting in my truck or at the helm. I love that there is a screw to adjust the knife retention pressure (mine was to tight as delivered). I carry a whistle in my cell phone case primarily to recall my Boder Collie when I am moving from one marina to another so now I can eliminate it as the sheath carries one on the ferro rod. I cut cordage daily when splicing line; polyester, nylon, Vectran, Technora, and Dyneema (Spectra) are the norm and the last three are brutal on the edge of a knife. The grind on the Selkirk is ideal and easy to bring back to shaving sharp. The edge to handle offset is not as large as a purpose built rigging knife and I prefer my rigging knives to be blade heavy (though this knife has a very comforting heft) but this is a great boat knife. I showed it to a friend who is a sailmaker and he wants one now after handling mine.
I don't care where it's made, great design and workmanship is present here. Both my wife and I have and use Selkirk knives. We highly recommend them,
I too got suckered in . Box was right and knife looked right but after purchase and got it home , surprise ! Mine doesn't have ANY place of origin on it , none. Not China or USA on knife or box it came in . Called Buck home office and was told that 15% of Buck knives are made overseas and quality was there...B>>> S^^^ ! Fool me once , shame on Buck. Fool me twice , shame on me !!!
I have had the knife for a few weeks now. Out of box it was sharp, my work sharp sharpening system made it sharper. Holds an edge fairly well and for 50 bucks and some change, the fit and finish were impressive (despite where it's made). I've batoned, chopped, carved etc, and the knife held its own. As for the sheath, I actually like it. Although a leather option would be nice as well. The knife, once properly seated, does not wiggle around at all. While I don't care for the whistle I don't mind it either. And ferro rod works really well. I do wish it was a little thicker though. Overall I am very happy with the knife and would definitely recommend it. Compared to my kabar Becker bk16, okc bushcraft and gerber myth the Selkirk is my new first choice when going to the woods.
Excellent knife Buck!!! It doesn't feel like it was made in China, maybe just assembled in China. Anyhow great feel and very strong. Had to wait a few weeks for it but when I opened it and seeing and feeling it for the first time it was well worth the wait. I love Buck knives! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!
I find it hilarious that half the reviews for this knife are written by people who haven't even used the knife and won't try it because it's made in China. How is this even possible? Yes, I wish it were American made, and yes I would pay more for it if it were American but so far the knife has worked extremely well for me and I find the steel to be all the quality I need in a knife. I like the sheath but it is definitely not very easy to reconfigure to the horizontal position. I'd normally give this knife a 4 star but since so many A-holes have given it poor ratings even though they never bought the knife, I thought I'd try to even things out a bit for its overall rating. It really is a quality knife.
The blade looked beautiful on display and I love the sheathe, but there are so many imperfections on the blade. Crooked scales, gaps between the blade and guard, uneven grinds . This was my first buck and I'm disappointed. I've had better quality at half the price.
I don't care that im in Canada and want it made in usa, make it anywhere in North America! just give the people the jobs they need here in our countries!!!
Proud to own my new Buck Selkirk!! The knife is of the highest quality for which I'd expect nothing less from Buck. I've already highly recommended this knife to a friend. Great knife Buck!!
Have bought a great many Buck knives over the years---some as gifts-some to use and some for my collection . Saw the Selkirk knife in the display case and wanted it----till I saw where it was made .Corporate greed has cost this company plenty in respect and am sure in dollars . Keep putting out off-shore products and I'll never buy another.
...from a comrade who doesn't give a damn where a piece of cutlery is made... As long as it works. This summer, it'll be working alongside a Helle Temagami, an Opinel, a DH Russell Grohmann #3 boat knife, and an orange-handled Mora. I'm curious how it'll fare.
I can't believe how many of these "reviews" have nothing to do with the knife itself . If this exact same knife was made here in the US or even in a more Western nation then I'm sure these xenophobic so-called patriots would be gushing over what a great product it is. The knife is solid, well made, well designed with quality materials; a bargain at $50 street price. The sheath isn't kydex just plastic? Fine. My $100 RAT-7 made in USA came with a crappy nylon one, but it works. So does this one. Keep in mind folks, US buyers aren't the only buyers of Buck products. Plenty of non-US customers too I'm sure, so ALL Buck knives are foreign made to them. The world doesn't revolve around you.
Received last week. Great blade shape. Good handle shape. Perfect size. Shaving sharp out of the box. The handle has a very slick feel. So slick that I can't get a safe grip on it. Not good for something so sharp. Ribbed thumb traction on top of blade needs to be filed down some as its almost saw blade sharp. Different handles and some file work and I'd give it a 5. Plastic sheath rides high above the belt. I have to bend my elbow and raise my shoulder to get my hand on the knife to pull it out of the sheath.
I really like it. It locks solidly into position, really smooth, feels good in the hand with a good weight and has a reasonable edge straight out of the box, a bit of effort and it will be really keen. It's a good quality piece of kit. In this Country the sheath doesn't matter, as this type of item needs to be stored out of easy reach, and generally resides at the bottom of a rucksack.
I love Buck Knives, and everything that the company stands for. I would love to own this one, but not until production is brought home to the US. I live in Alabama (very humid!),and I prefer a stainless wilderness knife. I know that I'm not alone in this opinion. Please, listen to the consumer, and you will sell more knives; even at a higher price! Thank you, Chris Smith
This knife is almost as good as my buck 120 and I love em both.
Great knife! feels real good in my hand. I camp,hunt fish,used it all hunt season field dressed deer,pig,small game!!Did a very fine gob,will always on my belt when in the woods.All the anti over seas folks better stop driving their GM,or other trucks,most of the parts come from somewere other than the USA.so get used to it.This is one fine knife THANK YOU BUCK KNIFE!!!!!!
I love the shape and feel of this knife, I carry every day, the only drawback is the sheath, I really like the kydex but there is not enough versatility with this one, I am currently working on customizing this one
My grandfather started me with a Buck knife 41 years ago. I probably own more than 50 of them. I started recently collecting custom Buck 110 folders, along with limited editions. I saw survival knife, with the Buck name and almost had it purchased. I saw a "made in China" review and that was that. I have nothing against China. I have traveled there. The people are super nice and they work hard. With that said, there are some things you just do not do. I don't talk back to my parents, I don't disrespect my boss, and I will never buy a Buck knife not made in America. Charge Three times the price, make one here, and it will be added to my collection. I will continue to buy Buck knives made here. It is a family tradition. Thank you for the years of quality service.
I ordered this knife online a few months and I couldn't be happier. I have used it fishing, hunting and camping with much satisfaction. This knife holds an edge even after some light batoning. The kydex sheath is very well made but it would be nice if a leather alternative was available. Definitely my favorite knife and part of my EDC.
Why is a Buck knife made in China? The company says it's a USA company and yet they make there new knife in CHINA. Wtf, honestly I can't buy this knife.
I've been a buck knife fan my entire life. As a west Texas mule deer guide and ranch manager, I have used my buck 102 to dress more deer than I can count and have always relied on Buck's USA made quality. I have to say that I've quite disappointed in the new Chinese line. The design of the Selkirk is great but the quality is lacking. I'd gladly pay $150+ for a better quality, USA made product of the same design. You guys have made an awesome name on quality American made knives. Don't screw it up now. -Austin
When you looking at the design its ok but When you Look deeper at the details is a bad product. Why US product is made in China? It is not patriotical... Why used steel is Just 420? Why the scabbard is not made of kydex? It is better to buy EKA W12 It is far better than selkirk in every part except firesteel
The design looks good - Nice shape,micarta scales,multiple mount options od sheath,firesteel with whistle (but why the firerod is so thin?) but the true is not so good When I'm buying BUCK knife I don't want to buy overpriced chineese crap with Buck logo. BUCK is USA made!!! The 420 steel and plastic sheath is a joke??? Is 440A steel and kydex is so expensive that you can't make a good 100$ instead 85$ junk??? Impossible??? - look at the Sweden made EKA W12 - 12c27 Sandvik steel (not gorgeous but better than 420) Kydex sheath. Yes, the firesteel with sharpener is a junk but it is easy to replace
China? Are you kidding me? Buck, I thought you were better than that! Very disappointed. Hope you don't continue this, or you will lose all my future business. And I love knives so that's quite a bit from just one person. Currently have 6, but may not have anymore. Will be looking elsewhere if China made is the "new Buck" :(
I thought buck learned their lesson years ago.. that their fanbase would rather pay more for a USA made knife versus cheap Chinese garbage. I was planning on buying this knife till I saw where it was made. I'll wait for a US made version or go with someone else.
I love Buck, and I love the design of this knife! One of my favorite knives, but I would have paid much more for better steel, and for it to be made in the USA.
Recently purchased this knife from my local Army Post Exchange. What a great knife. After a quarter century in the Army and conducting field craft, I have always relied on Buck to do the job. This knife is no different than what I expect from Buck, quality, dependable, tough, and reliable. I've read some of the customer reviews and many are critical of the knife being made in China. Too bad all these people tripped over a mouseturd and broke their noses over what they perceive as a showstopper. Guess what? My Buck comes with the company's forever warranty just like every product they make. Time to get over yourselves and support the company regardless of the location the product was manufactured.