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Buck Knives #8300872 06/21/21 05:17 PM
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Has anyone looked at the new releases from Buck for 2021? Seems they switched from Buck heat treated 420HC steel to 7CR steel. At least for some of the new 2021 models. Wondering if anyone knows why? Covid related material issues or the almighty dollar? I have always liked Bucks 420HC on my EDC knives. I can’t say the same for 7CR blades

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Ive had mine as my primary hunting knife for maybe 50 years and have no idea what kind of steel.


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A quick google search turned up a few articles. An interesting one...

https://gearjunkie.com/knives/common-knife-blade-steels

From the Article "Don’t bother with anything less than 8Cr in this series. Steels 7Cr and below aren’t worth your time or money. They lack the carbon necessary to hold an edge, even during mild use."


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Buck has the reputation of getting the very most out of comparatively low end steels, 420HC being a prime example. I'll bet they know considerably more about steel than some gear junkie, so I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and try one of their knives in the new steel for yourself. Either that, or bump yourself up to one of their higher end steels.


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It's also worth pointing out that popularly priced knives sold through big box stores typically have different requirements than high end knives sold to enthusiasts. Most non-enthusiast consumers want something cheap, that looks good, and is easy to sharpen.


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I couldn't tell you one steel from the other. What I can tell you is that every buck knife I've owned, I've not dropped more than $50-$60 on and they've never failed to effectively field dress a deer or hog. I've sharpened them with everything from a cheap whetstone to a Work Sharp. If I made a living with knives, I guess I'd worry about it more.

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I know nothing about steels either, but I have had many Buck knives over the years and never found one to talk bad about. I took a tour through their factory in Idaho a couple years ago, and it was quite impressive. Their heat treating section was very impressive and a large area. I have known people that returned their knives for service....and they were very well taken care of. I purchased one of their very large hunting knives and the handle was just too big for me. I sent it back and asked them to reduce the girth of the handle and they did it without any problem.
Have faith in them....they are a good company that will take care of you and furnish a good product.

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Originally Posted by Old Stony
I know nothing about steels either, but I have had many Buck knives over the years and never found one to talk bad about. I took a tour through their factory in Idaho a couple years ago, and it was quite impressive. Their heat treating section was very impressive and a large area. I have known people that returned their knives for service....and they were very well taken care of. I purchased one of their very large hunting knives and the handle was just too big for me. I sent it back and asked them to reduce the girth of the handle and they did it without any problem.
Have faith in them....they are a good company that will take care of you and furnish a good product.

This is true. I broke the tip off of a BUCK knife separating the ball joint of a deer. Sent it back to BUCK, and they installed a new blade and sent it back to me no questions asked.


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