What’s your life game? I discovered long ago my life plan involves knives. Folding knives, fixed blades, pocket knives, survival knives, tactical knives, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as it has an edge, I’m interested. Join me as I write about life, knives and the things seen from the knife edge.
Monday, February 22, 2016
There are few gifts nicer than a pocketknife.
If you don’t agree with that statement it is probable because
no one ever gave you a pocket knife.
Recently I’ve been gifted with two.
Honestly, it’s impossible to determine if I like one more than the
other. It’s quite possible I like both
of them equally.
My friend Tom sent me a nice Buck Slimline from customer
appreciation days at Buck HQ. As I
understand it, many of the knives available at these days are of limited
production and one and done uniqueness.
The Buck Slimline is a nice one hand opening lock
blade.The steel is 420HC that has been
cryogenically quenched.Buck likes this
steel a lot and with good reason.It
makes a great blade for general use.420HC
contains 0.45% carbon and 13% chromium.The cryogenic heat treatment helps ensure the best combination of steel
phases.This all adds up to a stainless steel
blade with a RHC of 58.The blade is
stain resistant and is hard enough to hold an edge, not be brittle and can be
sharpened with ordinary stones.
I love the black handle with blood red drizzle. My love of Bucks started in college with the
Buck 110. I can’t tell you how many camp
fires I’ve built with that Buck. Now I
have another, but it’s just too pretty to use!
I’m deeply touched by this Buck.
1996 Bullet Knife
My friend Paul passed on a number of years ago. I met him because I was a shooting buddy of
his wife and we grew close. Paul was a
soft spoken man and I always found him to be dependable and keeper of his
word.These are virtues I value.
I recently got his Remington 1996 bullet
knife. It’s in great shape, Paul seldom
carried anything he thought was too fancy.
The knife has a master blade as well as a smaller blade. It also comes with an awl, corkscrew, bottle
opener/straight blade screwdriver and a nasty looking can opener. The blades
are 440 stainless and the bolsters are nickel silver, a copper alloy containing
copper, nickel and zinc, but despite its name, no silver.
The boxed knife lived in a drawer mostly because Paul, I
suspect, was saving it for when he would really need it. But I saw a very different connection. The knife is called the Trailhand and Paul
was a good man to ride the trail with.
P.S. That is pretty tacky of you, Kevin, to post your price list as a comment on my blog without asking me. If I had to guess, I would suspect you're friendless and will probably die alone and forgotten. Make changes now while you still can.