Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
This skinner caught my eye in a well done photo, from a recent KnifeCenter e-mail, and I added it to my wish list. I think the 113 is one of BUCK’s most handsome knives. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Although BUCK has a following, I believe their knives are now often overlooked, underrated, and are becoming obscured by the plethora of new knife manufactures, and the latest ‘super steels.’ I purchased my first BUCK knife (a 110 folder) when I was a young teen. For some 30 years that 110 was pretty much, my one knife. Not that I didn’t know there were other knives, it’s just that the 110 folder would do anything I needed it to do. Later, when my family started going on more extended hunting/camping/canoeing/backpacking excursions we added a BUCK 119 Phenolic to our camp kit. Why have these Buck Knives been around so long? Because, BUCK knows how to make a great knife. They produce an excellent and serviceable hollow grind. Their designs are time proven. BUCK makes good knives affordable to everyone. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Superb hollow grind on this 113 Ranger. Nice handy sized blade. The 420HC is fairly stain/rust resistant, and takes an edge well. Holds an edge comparable to 8Cr13Mov, or AUS 8, and is field sharpen-able. Handle is comfortable, and provides a solid, firm grip. The classic walnut scales, with brass bolsters, give the Ranger Skinner its classic BUCK appeal. What’s not to like, here? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My old BUCK 110 folder became lost sometime after my son started going off on his own camping trips with his friends, and borrowed the family camping kit. But, that’s part of the beauty of these classic BUCK Knives: If you lose them, it’s not like you lost the Hope Diamond, and chances are, even if it’s 30-40 years after you purchased it, they’ll still be making that same time-proven knife. They just work.