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    I will say upfront that have been a Buck Knife fan for a long time....although I do have other options....I thought I would pass along my impressions are on this Buck.

    Going thru my hunting stuff last night....thinking I might add a Buck Selkirk to my kit.

    Bought it awhile back...was on sale, I like the the design....had a cool factor w/ferro rod and all.
    (Y'all are sucking me in to the survival knife line of thinking lol)

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    https://www.buckknives.com/product/s...ife/0863BRS-B/

    I have to say, looking it over I am disappointed for a couple of reasons:

    Heavy, at 7.6 oz...but does have a thick blade.

    Not sharp....Sharpening from the factory is not what I am used to in a Buck Knife.

    Made in China....I guess another company is sold or out sourced.


    I have been carrying a 192 Vanguard....that was a gift....and really like it.
    Little lighter at 6.3 oz....and scary sharp from the factory.

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    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/10...leather-sheath

    So I guess I talked my self into sticking with the tried and true.....
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    I have not owned a "straight blade" Buck knife since the 1970s when I had a bad experience with a Special and snapped the blade at the handle while it was still in the sheath.

    I do own the mandatory 110, and a fine old Stockman pocket knife which I use often, but I carry a pocket knife daily and a fixed blade or a big folder only rarely.

    At one time every Buck came with a razor edge from the factory. Not any more I guess.
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    If you look close at the pic's....
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    "Made in China"
    Bottom
    "USA"

    You don't suppose that has anything to do with it?
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    Could be.

    I have two of the China made Bucks, the new kind, lockblades with polymer handles and stainless blades. They make fair general purpose knives and they are way better than the average $5 china knife from Rough Ryder or Schrade.

    I also have China made Gerbers, China made Pumas, and one China made Kissing Crane. I am certain that the QC at the end of the production line is the determining factor in the acceptability of the product.

    My China made Puma is as good as any belt knife I have ever owned and if I were in a situation where I could choose from those I own, the knife I carried in some survival scenerio, that would be the one I picked.
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    My last Buck knife was the alpha crosslock purchased about 10 years ago. USA made and sharp. I like a folding knife. I feel comfortable wearing it. If I stop to get fuel or chow it doesn’t draw the look 👀 like a fixed blade does. The alpha is a hefty folder. I wouldn’t baton with it. I carry a small hatchet in the hunting pack for that type of cutting. The alpha is good for field dressing or that fireside steak in the evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel View Post
    My last Buck knife was the alpha crosslock purchased about 10 years ago. USA made and sharp. I like a folding knife. I feel comfortable wearing it. If I stop to get fuel or chow it doesn’t draw the look �� like a fixed blade does. The alpha is a hefty folder. I wouldn’t baton with it. I carry a small hatchet in the hunting pack for that type of cutting. The alpha is good for field dressing or that fireside steak in the evening.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/447...m-handle-black
    That link is an ad page......

    This it?.....
    https://www.buckknives.com/product/1...ife/0183FAM01/
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    You guys have to remember it doesn't matter where a knife is made the brand owner sets the specs and the factory is responsible for meeting those specs. If a Gerber knife from China is not as sharp as a Gerber knife used to be it is because Gerber has reduced the requirement on grind time or whatever the spec is to acquire sharpness. It isn't about the bad Chinese. They will match whatever specs Gerber gives them. It's all money to them.

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    Yeah........Gotta agree.

    But I can't help but buy into the old...."Don't make like they used to"....line of thinking.
    Especially side by side.
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    I don't disagree at all. As companies look for ways to reduce overhead quality is certainly one of the things that gets impacted. My only point is that is isn't the manufacturer that is to blame. It's the brand owner who sets the specs. If quality is lacking then they are the ones at fault. If Gerber or anyone else paid for razor sharpness in a knife then the manufacturer would be happy to turn that out. They would in turn charge Gerber for the machine time, additional steel, manpower, or whatever else is required to turn out that level of product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    I don't disagree at all. As companies look for ways to reduce overhead quality is certainly one of the things that gets impacted. My only point is that is isn't the manufacturer that is to blame. It's the brand owner who sets the specs. If quality is lacking then they are the ones at fault. If Gerber or anyone else paid for razor sharpness in a knife then the manufacturer would be happy to turn that out. They would in turn charge Gerber for the machine time, additional steel, manpower, or whatever else is required to turn out that level of product.
    ....And that is why I did a side by side comparison.....difference is enough that it was very apparent....

    Most new buyers would not have that opportunity or willing to spend the money....Just so happened the the 192 Vanguard was in the fold...so was easy for me.

    That said....I would look for an older "Made in USA" even if used before I would purchase any more of these.....In this case.

    I sure there are American manufacturing companies cutting costs to compete as well.
    That applies to "anything"......not just Chinese knives.

    ..

    If you know this...it's up to the buyer to make that decision.

    I guess you can guess which one I will carry.
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