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.
The crescent tip makes the blade thinner with a sharper point. This shape provides good control for detail work and cutting in tight places. It is also well suited for intentional punctures like new holes in your belt, etc. While the point of the blade is effective for detail work, it's not as strong as the thicker points on drop points and skinners.
Very good quality. Very sharp. Bought mine at a retail shop. I am very impressed with the quality and attention to detail. It is a mirror image of my 110 except it is half the size. Sharp as a razor. Love it!
I love this knife I always have it in my pocket at work and always take it to the field but my only issue is the walnut handle. It seems like it isn't treated or something which I that's was cool at first until the knife got wet and now the scales are starting to lift and worp just like you would expect untreated wood which is a shame because it is a great knife. It's okay though I just ordered a custom 501 so hopefully that will have some kind of lacquer over the wooden scales
I have over 20 Buck knives. Most now are in the kitchen. I have slowly been replacing my Gerber kitchen knives with Buck. This knife is very strong for it's size. Very sharp, as all my Buck knives are from the factory. Like others here I have had a variety of Buck knives over the years, 110s, Specials, and a variety of their sharpening products. This knife impresses me for it's size and strength. My only regret is that I did not personalize it. You will not regret buying it and using it.
I bought two of these as Christmas gifts both engraved with the recipients names. I couldn't have asked for any better. These are beautiful, the engraving is very nice and it's made in USA! Buck you have outdone yourselves, fantastic. I have been a buck owner for 40 years and I am passing on the tradition. P,S This is a true "pocket" size knife, love my 110 but this is better for the pocket
I own several buck knives. The 110, four model 560 XLTI titanium, two Buck 151 Mayo Kaala knives,a Buck 650 Nighthawk, and now a 55. I've passed down a 110 and a 560 to my son. The 55 is the perfect knife to have when You do not need to carry a larger Buck knife. The quality is exactly what you would expect of any buck knife made. I would love to be able to design my own "55" for my own collection or to give as gifts to other future Buck knife fans. You will not be disappointed in Any way if you purchase a Buck 55 for yourself of for that youngster being introduced to a pocket knife. Thanks Buck for a lifetime of satisfaction!
I'm not trying to be a sales man for Buck knives bc I don't care if you ever have one. I'm here just to say that I have been carrying my buck knife for over 40 years. I sent it back once to have it tighten up once. I told who ever fixes my knife to not replace it if that was what it would take to fix it, to just send it back and I would buy a new one. I put a secret mark on it to be sure I got my knife back. When it was returned, my mark was still on it, but it felt like new. I paid like $20/$25 bucks for it, and I'm sure I've gotten a thousand bucks of use from it. Hoyt Buck in my day, made the best pocket knife that has ever been made as far as I am concern, you will never need another one if you never lose it like I did my first one. I have found that a good made diamond sharpener is the best way to put a razor sharp edge back on this hard steel. $0 plus years of use from this treasure I carry in my pocket.....
I love my 110, but as a CPA it's just too large to take to work with me everyday, so I figured the 55 would fit the bill, and it has performed admirably for everyday use. I even left it in my pants one time, and it came out of the wash looking brand new.
I have owned Buck knives for over 40 years, and if there is a better everyday knife, I don't know about. I have never sent one back that Buck didn't fix or replace, NEVER, but that has only been a few that I broke the points off from me being an idiot. I'm not at all trying to sell knives for Buck, I'm saying that they are the best damn every day knife I've ever had in my pocket. My wife bought me a custom Buck for my B-day a long time ago, and it just lays in my sport collectables case looking pretty with my name and B-day ingraved in it. I feel naked without a knife in my pocket, and for over 40 years that knife has been a Buck!!! Just remember this when buying a Buck, even a cheap Buck is a great knife, even though I don't have any cheap ones anymore....
Awesome knife! Easily slips into your pocket for EDC and great fit and finish.
Have had the 55 for a half year now , strong lock sturdy frame , very sharp , yet thin and comfortable for my pocket . The designer has a winner in this knife .
I recently bought a 50th anniversary 110 folding knife. I'm very happy with it. It is a great piece of Americana. besides my dog, it is the perfect outdoor companion. I now have the 55, the 110 and a small pocket folding knife that came with the 110. American made. Keep up the good work. I've had knives all my life, most of them decent quality. Finally invested n a true American icon.
I got my son the classic 110 Buck knife for his birthday with black leather sheath. He said it was the best birthday gift he's ever gotten. In turn, he got me the 55 for Father's Day. It was a pretty cool gift. I've always carried a pocket folding knife since was a kid. The Buck Knife is the classic American icon that we are proud to own and use.
I just bought one from Cabela's with a gift card that I got for Christmas. I really like it... it's very comfortable in my hand and razor sharp. I really wanted to have the 55 because I love my 110s. I would Highly recommend this knife... wish the price point was a little bit lower, I don't know why it's not on par with the 301 for price. Still recommend it though!
I am an old military man and have used a lot of different knives in my day. I was trained with the mentality that every good soldier carries a good pocket knife. I have used a couple of different Gerber knives in the last couple of years but to be honest with you I have found them to be more marketing than quality. I recently received a buck 55 for Christmas because my family knows how much I appreciate a good knife. My Buck 55 feels more solid than its equal counterpart, "Gerber mini-paraframe," and when I sharpen them I find the Buck gets a much better edge, holds the edge longer and is easier to sharpen then the Gerber. the only reason I ranked it a 4 instead of a 5 is simply because I haven't had it long enough to really judge its longevity and durability.
This sturdy little tool has now been riding around in my pocket for 9 years. It is still as mechanically tight as the day it left the factory in Idaho. The perfectly honed blade holds a razor edge and needs only occasional TLC on the crock sticks. Every couple of months it's brass bolsters get a good polishing which gives me an opportunity admire the fine american craftsmanship that went into building this beautiful little knife.
I was in Cabella's with a gift card a friend gave me. I bought the Buck 55 at a great price of $48 (with my military discount). This knife has a solid feel like the 110 but small and slender. I carry it everyday and as a logistics guy I end up cutting a lot of cardboard. Cardboard really dulls most knives and blades quickly. This blade really stands up and with all the abuse I dish at it it only needs a quick light sharpening every other month. Great metallurgy and this knife is like some of my favorite tools; it's an old friend I won't want to be without.
From the second I saw the reviews, I had high hopes! The fact that this knife is made here in the USA should be enough to merit a try. When I unboxed this knife, it was immediately clear to see the usual high quality of Buck Knives. The blade is razor sharp and the lockback design is rock solid with no play in the blade in any direction (seriously, with the blade locked in place it feels like a small fixed blade knife). Another key feature is the size. The blade length is 2 3/8", which is perfect for the goofy knife laws that exist in Chicago (blade length has to be 2.5" or under). The compact design is also perfect because it is just the right size and slim enough to fit in the tiny pocket on jeans without feeling it's even there. Another added bonus is that its almost a mirror image of the fabled 110, only smaller (giving that classic image of America). I expect many years of use out of this every day carry knife which is perfect in every way; for knife users big or small, young or old, this little guy will not dissapoint or let you down. Thanks Buck Knives!!