Good day, all...
This is the email I sent to Buck (counterfeit & historian dept.), in hopes their expertise can provide info regarding this alleged "Buck" knife. Hopefully, I added the photos properly and they'll show up below.
Give a shout out if this knife looks familiar to you, or if you just want to comment...positive or negative.
First, thank you for any time you take from your busy day to assist in identifying this knife and to determine whether it is a counterfeit or if I’ve come across a nice vintage Buck knife. The only thing that throws me off is the “TAIWAN” stamp. This made me suspect, although I recall reading at one time that Buck did have some knives made in Taiwan. I just don’t know if this is one of them.
The knife itself is in excellent condition and doesn’t appear to have ever been sharpened or carried. As far as I know, the nylon sheath is the original sheath the knife came with and has a plastic insert the knife fits in. This knife was obtained from an estate sale two days ago. The wood appears to be either Cherry or Rosewood. I could be wrong and you will probably know more about that than me. The brass guard appears to have been secured on both sides by a ‘barrel nut’ process instead of being pinned. Of course, I could be way off base on this. Again, you’ll know to clarify this one way or the other.
There are a couple of age marks on the brass guard and will not come off. I have not tried to polish them out. Also, the Buck medallion on the wood scales appears to be slightly angled and the wording not level. Other than these, I don’t see anything else wrong. This knife appears to have the Buck quality. All lines are smooth and flush along the wood and tang, with no dents, scratches or mars. The brass ‘pins’ on both sides of the wood handle are bright and shiny…but the shadows from the pics taken make them look like they’re corroded or stained. Bad photos on my part.
Thank you once again, Gentlemen, for your time and expertise in assisting this Buck knife collector in identifying this knife…good or bad.