Buck 119 Review, the Best Hunting Knife
Hoyt Buck produced the first Buck knife in 1902 in his blacksmith shop from a worn out file. Eventually his son Al buck took over the company and incorporated in 1961. A few years later they produced the buck 119 series. It has been one of their mainstays ever since and for good reason. It is simply a great all around knife. From fish to heavy game to firewood and anything else this is one durable and beautiful knife. The traditional bowie style is definitely one of the most recognized styles there is. Keep reading for my Buck 119 Review.
The blade is currently made from 420HC steel although this has changed over the years as steel technology evolved. Buck has a proprietary hardening process that hardens the 420HC steel beyond what you would expect without losing the toughness. At 6 inches this blade is long enough and sturdy for whatever you require of it. You can use a baton on it for heavier cutting and it will still hold up. The narrow clip point is great for punching holes but may be slightly susceptible to bending if used for prying. Given its special hardening process the 420HC steel holds an edge great, probably even better than similar knives. If you want something a little different the Buck 119 Special Cocobola comes with a wood handle and a 5160 non-stainless blade.
The handle comes in several styles from black phenolic to bone to wood. While definitely more pleasing to the eye, the wood and bone handles may not be the best choice for a knife that will be used and abused. The phenolic handle has shallow finger reliefs that make it easy to hang on to, however they are shallow enough that you can turn the knife with the edge up if need be. You may think that when filleting a fish or skinning your game that the smooth phenolic handle may become slippery but this really doesn’t seem to be the case, trust me i have been there and i had no issues at all.
The sheath comes in a couple styles. You can either get the nylon sheath with is just fine. I would recommend however that you spend the extra few dollars and get the heavier leather sheath as it is a great and very durable piece.
As with all their products, the Buck 119 is covered by Buck’s forever warranty. I own this knife personally and it has always served me well. I definitely recommend it. For the price you will pay it is a superb knife.
That’s it for my Buck 119 Review, hope you found it useful.
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