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Hoyt Buck produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt and his son Al moved to San Diego and set up shop as H.H. Buck & Son in 1947. Al Buck revolutionized the knife industry in 1964 with the infamous Model 110 Folding Hunter. The company's innovative history and attention to quality have made for many great collectible knives.
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Re: buck date chart

Postby 300Bucks » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:06 am

OK, Everyone with with a Black scale slipjoint listen up for aging lesson.

Schrade made the Buck 301 and 303 the first few years of production.
They have a S shape, brass rivets on scale, one on each end and the middle spring rivet. The rivets are all the same size. Breath on the bolsters and see if you can see the telltale outline of a blade pin. You WON'T on a Schrade. Don't worry on the tang stamp, look at the above stuff. That only goes for those two models, other models haven't been born yet. Schrade made them good but hard to repair for warranty work. Hence the move of the contract.

So they switched contract to Camillus. Now look at tang it will say Buck, Made in U.S.A. and there will be two rivets on the scale, SMALLER than the middle spring rivet and it will have a model number on reverse. 301, 303, 309 and 305. After that you will see BUCK, model # ( NO date code), U.S.A.. This era is when other models are introduced and different scale materials introduced.

OK, now read close. In 1986 Buck started making there own 301,303,309 and 305s IN HOUSE. And the date code for 86 was < , AFTER this all of those 4 models were coded. NONE of the other different models were date coded until Buck introduced the 312 and 314 trappers and the 310 Whittler.

These "Other Models" 313,311,307, 315,317, etc follow the Made In U.S.A. as earliest version, then Buck, model #, U.S.A. never getting date coded. Even a few never were stamped with a model number, generally those were made special for SMKWs. ONLY BUCK MADE MODELS HAVE DATE CODES. Camillus models were never date coded even till factory shutdown. China made Bucks are date coded.

This date code method does not apply to 110s and 112s till after 1986. Read the chart for those pre 86 110s and 112s...

I have confused you enough....good luck..

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Re: buck date chart

Postby 300Bucks » Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:34 pm

ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION

The dot date code system for Buck does not apply except for the
110/111/112 family of knives. Everything else is either dated by differences of manuf. or after 85 the date code symbol chart.

Please do not think you have a knife older than 74 because it has no dots......in truth it probably is a 1990s knife......

The small print on top of one date chart can fool you, that info is just for 110/11/112s.

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Re: buck date chart

Postby Top » Mon May 10, 2010 4:07 pm

Speaking of no dots, The photos of my 110 that was given to me by my Mother-in-Law Christmas 1966 does not have any dots or other marks. It only has BUCK over 110 over U.S.A.
Think she gave it to me hoping I would fall on it. :wink:

In case anyone is wondering my avatar is a 2008 Buck 309 USA custom I picked up in SouthEast New Mexico late last year.
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Re: buck date chart

Postby stockman » Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:01 am

I came into a Buck 112 that I would like to know when it was made. It has no nail mark.
It is stamped Buck /112/USA. There is one dot left of the USA and two dots right of the USA.
Two pins at the lower bolster. BRL fourth said that they did not have a nail mark until 1983.
I had trouble figuring out the dating system as described in BRK's book.

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Re: buck date chart

Postby Jacknifeben » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:53 pm

i have a BUCK general with the BUCK stamp upside down. what does that mean?

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Re: buck date chart

Postby orvet » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:44 pm

Has anyone found out yet what the date code is for 2011?

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Re: buck date chart

Postby ShadyDave » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:43 am

So im confused about the DOT chart. I have a 110 with 2 dots, a 110 with 4 dots, and a 112 with 2 dots. I didnt see a dot chart above, just a symbol chart.

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Re: buck date chart

Postby orvet » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:12 am

Dave,
The 110 was dated differently early on.
Check out the thread on the 110. - viewtopic.php?f=53&t=11569

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Re: buck date chart

Postby ShadyDave » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:39 am

I saw that post but didnt get it fully i dont think. I may have to look into it a bit more. Thanks though :)

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Re: buck date chart

Postby Aimus Moses » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:17 pm

orvet wrote:Has anyone found out yet what the date code is for 2011?

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Here's the year date codes from Buck for Buck knives. Hope this helps.
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Re: buck date chart

Postby orvet » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:37 am

Hey, they got ahead of the curve! ::tu:: ::tu::

Thanks Aimus for posting it!

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Re: buck date chart

Postby Mike S. » Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:58 pm

So a single dot on my 112 to the right of the sign is pre 1986?

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Re: buck date chart

Postby Knife Nut » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:30 pm

Whoa, I knew there was a reason I didn't collect Bucks.
A tad bit corn fuseing. ::dang::
And I thought Puma's dating system was hard to follow!

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Re: buck date chart

Postby zed6309 » Thu May 19, 2011 12:32 pm

Thanks guys this is such a big help ::tu::

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Re: buck date chart

Postby chetr1200c » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:36 pm

i have a 701 mustang that is in a leather bound box with the main blade of running mustangs etching by aurum. no synbols preceeding or following model number. so i guess it is pre 1986. but is there a way to pinpoint that date better?


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