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Old Hunter wrote:If the blade is 1/8" thick are you certain it isn't a Buck 105? OH
Old Hunter wrote:My late cousin bought this Buck 105 Pathfinder on 28 JUN 66, it's a one line with a dot (no one is really sure what the dot means). My cousin was excellent at dating what he bought and keeping the boxes and paperwork. He passed away six weeks ago at the age of 88, a well liked and well respected gentleman. His wife gave me this knife, I sharpened it yesterday and fully intend to use it for the next few seasons (end of turkey and deer next fall). My cousin was my mentor and friend, I'm proud to own his Buck Knife. OH
Tsar Bomba wrote:Very cool photo of a very special day, OH!
Why don't we have a "salute" smiley anyway?
My newest Buck is this 501 "Squire" from our very own AAPK stores. Why? Because I didn't have one.
The price was definitely right. My only issue with the knife, which was meant to be a user anyway, is that it has a slight bit of side-to-side wobble when the blade is locked open. Since I didn't pay much for the knife, I didn't want to bother the seller over it, but I am interested in seeing what the manufacturer can do. What is entailed by the fabled "Buck spa treatment" I've heard about so many times? What does it generally cost and what does that do for the knife? I'm not averse to touching up a venerable knife up for many future years of service at a nominal cost, and this one is in good shape to start with.
Old Hunter wrote:Steve, I just took this photo of the Buck 118, 105, and 121; these are older, tip down models from the mid 60’s to early 70’s. That era had much more knife to knife variance than we see in the modern era. Compare your knife to the 105 (center) and see if it doesn’t match up. OH
Baykeeper wrote:Tsar, the "spa treatment" consists of a good factory sharpening, cleaning, buffing, and if you ask them to they would probably do a general tightening. All for a princely sum of under $10 plus postage, sharpening alone costs $6.95; here is a link to their repair/sharpening form used by the warranty dept: https://www.buckknives.com/pdf/WarrantyForm_072016.pdf. I've sent in a couple of 110's with just "repair/sharpen as needed" on the form and got a shinier-than-new & factory sharp knife back in return; well worth the effort.
Old Hunter wrote:Tony, nice Buck 501. I have an early one, named the Esquire, which I carry occasionally - IMO it's the best of the pocketable lockbacks. OH
Bastler wrote:$20 E-bay 500 that I modified to a bare head. Those steel bolsters were harder than I anticipated and the seller didn't mention that the liners were bent and it wouldn't snap closed. A bit of a challenge for my first try. The walnut for the covers came from a friend who died last year and the inspiration came from you guys. Next I'll bare head a 112.
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