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..
We consider this the absolute best blade steel available, and it is made in America. S30V contains carbon as well as high amounts of Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium. This steel combines fantastic edge retention and high ductility combined with corrosion resistance. Double-tempered - it can be hardened to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 59.5-61. However, it is difficult to resharpen yourself, but we do offer sharpening services for a nominal fee.
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 bought this small Vantage Pro because it is not bulky or heavy which is important in my work. Small yet very big in performance. I use it everyday to open boxes, cut rope, strapping, twine and trimming gasket material. I only have to touch up the blade once a month or so as it stays sharp longer than any other I have had. The handle, frame and blade are tough! It was unknowingly pulled from my pocket getting out of my pickup and was on the gravel drive way and was driven over but no damage! Not even a scratch ! This is how a pocket knife should be made. I hope Buck continues to make the Vantage pro small and large they are the best designed knife I have found yet !
I've been carrying this knife everyday for about 8 months now. I used it frequently to open boxes, packages and cutting muzzle loading patches. This fall I forgot my hunting field knife but I was able to dress a large whitetail with this knife. Its still very sharp. The buck anvil image inserted in the handle fell out somewhere along the way, but that's hardly a reason not to own one if you need a great knife for everyday use.
Very nice knife, very sharp, and looks good. There's great value here, but I think the handle material has changed since the initial introduction of the knife. I was expecting full G10 handle scales based on the description, but it looks like there are really just G10 inserts with a different lower-quality material as the base and edge. I would probably get one of the large models, too. The small one is easier to keep in a pocket, but the larger one definitely has the advantage of a longer blade. I'm finding the 2 5/8 inch blade a little short for some things that I'm doing.