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Other knife makers have learned from the Buck 110’s history.
Many newer clip-point designs, like this Cold Steel Mackinac Hunter, have strongly reinforced tips.
If your needs require one-handed opening, there are aftermarket thumb studs that clamp onto the spine of the blade.
In my opinion, however, this old cowboy works best in its original ‘single action’ mode like a Colt SAA.
The Buck 110 is affordable for an American-made knife, and the low-cost nylon sheath is part of the math that makes that possible.
I know that nylon has a lot of advantages: it’s lighter, thinner, more durable, easier to clean, dries more quickly, etc.
Here’s why: Unlike newer liner-lock knives, the 110 has a fairly stiff closure spring; it’s the same stiff spring which forces the lock closed and keeps it locked.
It requires a lot of leverage to open the blade against this spring pressure, and this is why the nail nick is so far forward on the blade.
The nick is just large enough to catch with your right thumb, but this method of opening is awkward and a little unsafe unless you’ve got huge hands.Ergonomics The Buck 110 is not a small knife, and it really fills average-sized hands like mine.The grip is nearly 5″ long by 5/8″ thick, and 3/4″ wide at its narrowest point.In case you’ve been living in a fallout shelter since the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Buck 110 is a lockback folding knife with a brass frame and bolsters, and wooden scales.Buck designed the knife in 1963 as a folding hunting knife with a mid-sized blade that couldn’t fold closed on your fingers.