The Best Choice of the Engraved Buck Knives

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Buck knives are extremely popular, especially as Christmas gifts. Hunters, collectors, and other outdoorsmen love America’s most famous knives. Even ladies love to receive a useful pocket knife or multi-tool as a present.

Companies often like to show their logos on engraved Buck knives, and give them to their clients and employees. Here is the Best Choice for 2016:

870-BK Buck® Black “Bones” Pocket Knife 870-BK

This tactical look, and the black color make it the most popular in 2016. These are often ordered by construction companies, manufacturers, builders, and electrical contractors.

Gifts for 2016
Buck Knives as Gifts for 2016

And for the runners-up this year:

870-S Buck® Silver “Bones” Pocket Knife 870-S

The sibling of the winner. It has everything but the black color.

285MW Buck Bantam BLW Muddy Water Camo Lockback 285MW

This camouflage knife is a full 4 3/8″ closed. The customer’s logo would be laser engraved on the stainless steel blade.

 

Buck Squire Lockback Knife 501 Buck Squire Lockback Knife 501

The Squire is not a new knife this year, but it is popular because of it’s medium size. It is similar to the “flagship” of Buck, the 110 Folding Hunter Knife, only a little smaller. Made in the USA.

The 3 Best Pocket Knives 2016

Ohio Gun & Knife Show
Ohio Gun & Knife Show 2016

I’m in the knife business, and I examined many knives this year. These are undoubtedly the best pocket knives 2016.

  • Kershaw “Scallion” Knife, Camo 1620.  A beauty of a knife.

    1620-engraved-camo-scallion-smooth Kershaw “Scallion” Knife, Camo 1620

    The finest 420hc stainless steel and the design make this one of my favorites. It’s made in the USA by Kershaw in Oregon. The mechanism works very well, including a firm locking in the open position, and a safety latch that keeps it from accidentally opening. The full color camo design is a high resolution image embedded on the scales. The bead-blasted blade has a beautiful satin finish. It comes sharp and stays sharp. The Speedsafe assisted-opening system makes the blade pop open when you need it fast. It’s great as a gift since it comes in a genuine Kershaw gift box. Size: 3 1/2″ closed. It has a removable pocket clip.

  • Buck® introduced a new camo pocket knife in 2016. The Bantam BLW Muddy Water Camo Lockback 285MW.

    285MW Buck Bantam BLW Muddy Water Camo Lockback 285MW

    The handle looks different from knife to knife. Made in the USA, this “medium size” pocket knife is a collector item and an EDC (every day carry) for all knife enthusiasts. The size is 4 3/8″ closed. The thermoplastic handle adds to the strength and economy of the weight of this favorite knife.

  • Kutmaster® is one of the biggest knife makers in the Eastern United States. It’s quality equals that of Buck®, but it’s prices are lower.

    95-1832L Kutmaster Compact Rescue Knife 95-1832L

    A super popular Kutmaster knife is the Compact Rescue Knife 95-1832L. Rescue knives are real popular because you can save someone’s life by breaking a window and removing their seat belt after a car accident. This knife is rugged, and made of quality 420 stainless steel. It features a pocket clip, razor sharp seat belt cutter, liner lock, and a glass breaking point at the end of the handle.

 

10 Quick Tips About Barlow Knives

Boker Magnum King Barlow
Boker Magnum King Barlow

This is America’s favorite knife. Every man wants a barlow.

Barlow Knives are popular and loved world-wide since the 1600’s. Since there is a shortage of information on them, let me fill you in.

  1. Barlow is a Style of pocket knife, not a company.
  2. Many companies, in the USA and around the world make the Barlow style of knife.
  3. The quality varies from knife to knife, since they are made by many different companies.
  4. There is no one guarantee on a Barlow knife, since they are made by different factories. Each manufacturer sets their own warranty policy.
  5. Barlow knives come in a wide range of prices.
  6. Barlow knives come in a variety of handle (scale) material.
  7. They have 1 or 2 blades.
  8. They  may have a lockback mechanism for safety, but most of them don’t.
  9. They all have a subtle teardrop shape, to fit in your palm comfortably.
  10. They all have a large metal bolster to add rigidity to the handle. It is usually nickel plated.
Bear & Son Barlow bc2281r
Bear & Son Barlow bc2281r

 

 

Secret–The Best Pocket Knife in the USA

This will surprise many people, especially the Buck Knife diehards. Everyone knows that the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife is the gold standard of pocket knives. But is it the best pocket knife? There is another USA-made pocket knife just like it, for about half the price. The Kutmaster 5″ Lockback. It is made in the USA by union craftsmen. Click on the picture for more details.

Kutmaster 5" Lockback with Brass Bolsters & Stainless Blade 15-17101L
Kutmaster 5″ Lockback with Brass Bolsters & Stainless Blade 15-17101L

 

 

 

Why is the price so much lower than a Buck knife? I asked Kutmaster, and here’s what they said. “Our brand is not a well-known as Buck, so we have to charge less.” Want to save more money? You can buy it without a sheath, saving close to $10 on your purchase. This combination of quality, USA-made, and price, make it the best pocket knife in the USA. I recommend trying this knife. You’ll like it.

The 4 Best Pocket Knives in 2016

Pocket knives are so popular because they are collector items. Other reasons are: They are useful, portable, made of steel, helpful in self defense, a powerful tool in a small package, and made of interesting handle materials. In our opinion, the best pocket knives in 2016 are these. Our selection is based on popularity with our customers, and our own opinion on the quality put into these beautiful knives. In alphabetical order, they are:

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The Boker Magnum King Barlow 01MB559DAM is styled after the antique barlow knives made in the 1600’s in England. This design of a subtle teardrop shape fits well into the hand. Like all barlows, it is 3 3/8″ closed, and has an over-sized bolster. The burl wood scales (handle) add much character. The pinnacle of its beauty is the genuine damascus blade. It also has a lockback mechanism. This is a safety feature not found on the original barlow knives.

110b.jpg Buck Folding Hunter Lockback Knife 110

By far, the pocket knives of all pocket knives is the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Lockback. Its size, weight, composition, extra sharp stainless steel blade, and wooden handle with stainless steel bolsters make it the king of pocket knives. When someone asks for a Buck knife, this is the one they are referring to.  USA-Made.

zippo clone Case Executive Lockback 7200

Case has been making pocket knives by hand since 1889. Located in the woods of Pennsylvania, they take pride in the hand-made tradition. The 7200 Executive Lockback is the top seller. People like it because it is the right size and shape for a man’s pocket. There are no sharp edges on the handle to cut into your pocket. The stainless steel blade comes super sharp, and it is easy to keep sharp your whole life. USA-Made.

1620-engraved-camo-scallion-smooth Kershaw “Scallion” Knife, Camo 1620

The classy Kershaw Scallion Camo 1620 knife satisfies both the camo lovers and the knife collectors. The patented Speedsafe opening mechanism makes it fun to open with one hand. No worry, there is a tip safety lock to prevent accidental opening. A removable pocket clip makes this knife a real keeper. USA-Made.