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Looking Forward By Looking Back At The Buck 119 Special

By Jimmy Fuller

Every hunter knows that Buck knives are a stalwart of toughness, functionality, and simplicity. It seems like everyone and their grandpa has used a Buck knife on a hunting, fishing, or camping trip. The Buck 119 Special is maybe the most classic of all the Buck designs. The 119 Special has a straightforward no frills kind of design that doesn’t limit the knife’s versatility and functionality. Everyone feels like they know this knife already, but it is high time that everyone re-visited the quality and tradition that is the 119 Special.

The 119 special has been a best seller for Buck for over 47 years, and its classic design that is sleek yet versatile and functional is a big reason why. The knife features a six inch 420HC stainless steel clip point style blade that features a good looking blood groove. The black handle is made out of phenolic, a thermo-plastic that is durable and supplies a non-slip surface. And finally, the butt and finger guard are constructed from lite weight and attractive polished aluminum.

If you’re interested in making precise cuts in tight places the 119 Special’s clip point style blade can get the job done. The blade sharpens well enough to do quality dress out jobs, but is also durable enough to withstand a bit of abuse without losing to much performance value. Cutting kindling for a fire or chopping through a bone shouldn’t be a problem with the 119 Special

The handle feels heavy but it helps to center the knife in your hand and overall the knife handles very well. Phenolic is a very hard and very durable synthetic resin that is not slippery to handle. It is very tough, if not impossible, to break this handle.

The sheath is solidly built with a sturdy button down latch and a belt loop. The belt loop is adequate to get the job done and the latch is reliable and tough. Also, the inside of the sheath is lined with plastic so that you don’t cut up the sheath while taking the knife in and out.

One of the best qualities of the 119 Special is its light weight–only ten and one half ounces including the sheath. Its lite weight, combined with its durability and diverse functionality make the 119 Special an excellent choice as a survival tool. It can be used for hunting, cooking, cutting wood, and making shelters.

The Buck 119 special is a true classic, having been a best seller for Buck for more than forty seven years. It is a no frills design that has gotten the job done for generations. You can expect to pay fifty or so dollars from a retailer, although the MSRP is eighty or so dollars. Happy hunting!

Find great deals on Buck Knives by looking online. There you will see the Buck 119 special and so much more to consider. Go online now for your needs.

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