I have been after a good quality folding knife for some time now, and having field tested many over the years I really wanted to see how the BUCK Ranger performed out in the field.
I have to say, this has been a very lengthy review in terms of timeframe (over a year of extensive use) but I really wanted to be sure that what I say here is accurate. So as always I will put my findings down and leave the boring technical jargon for someone else to write about. This review will only cover what I feel is important to someone who is considering the purchase of a top of the range old fashioned reliable folder.
BUCK is an American company and produces a large range of knives, but for me this was the one that I was drawn too due to its rugged and traditional appearance. I would like to point out its NOT one of those cheap lookalike wood and brass handled knives that you see adorn boot sales and market stalls, this is a high quality tool.
The first thing you notice is the weight (5.6oz), this knife has a very good weight to it, not like one of those lightweight knives that you don't know you're holding! The balance is very well thought out too.
BLADE - when I think of a penknife, I tend to imagine weak brittle blades, and indeed some have just that, but this knife has a thick and strong 420HC stainless blade, rather like that of a small sheath knife. The edge was exceptionally sharp from day one and it really surprised me how little it needed sharpening, and I mean very rarely, in fact in all the use I have put this knife through I have only needed to sharpen the blade twice. I used the DC4 sharpener for this, and what a dream combo they make, a few strokes and I could quite easily have a shave with it!
HANDLE - The BUCK Ranger comes in two options, a smooth plain handle or the one with finger grooves which was my personal choice for this review; it just feels right in the hand. What more can I say?
USEABILITY - I wanted a good all-round knife, but let's be honest, a folding knife is never the choice for bigger tasks such as making feather sticks for example is it? Well, let me tell you, in the past 12 months I have been using this knife for not only small tasks such as cutting the stems of hogweed, but I have made feather-sticks, carved spoons, and even used it in place of my main sheath knife the Helle Harding (CLICK HERE FOR THE HELLE REVIEW). It has stood up to everything I have thrown at it, and it's still just as strong, and sharp as it was on the day it came out of the box. No wonder they come with a warranty!
SHEATH - The knife comes with a black leather sheath, which is very durable. One issue I did have is that of the popper button clasp. I don't like them, but I have to say it never let me down at all.
CONCLUSION - Having used the knife for so long I have fallen in love with it. It's now my number one when it comes to a folder and pretty much lives in my pocket, apart from when I'm in a public place of course. Not only is it great at carrying out small tasks such as skinning and preparing wild food, but it also stands up to much larger tasks such as splitting small logs!
If you want a quality lock knife that will last you a lifetime, then look no further than the good old American BUCK Ranger, it's that good!
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