A young Kansas blacksmith’s apprentice named Hoyt Buck was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. His unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902.
Hoyt made each knife by hand, using worn-out file blades as raw material. His handy work was greatly appreciated during World War II. After the war, Hoyt and his son Al moved to San Diego and set up shop as H.H. Buck & Son in 1947.
Buck revolutionized the knife industry in 1964 with the Model #110 Folding Hunter, the knife most people likely picture when they think of a classic, lockback folding knife today.
Brass bolsters, liners and rivets. Wooden handle. Leather sheath. 3-3/4″ 420HC steel blade, tempered with Buck’s proprietary heat-treating process. The #110 is still made with pride in the USA. Buck knives are a lot of quality for the money. Link.