Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
2017 Buck 301 as excellent as 1993 model
I bought my first Buck 301 back in 1993. I used that knife to cut boxes, whittle, sharpen pencils, slice paper, open envelopes, cut leather thongs, cut apples, etc., etc.. I used it as a daily carry for years and it is still perfect! No wear other than some resharpening over the years. In March 2017 I bought a new Buck 301 with the intent of using it as a backup to my 1993 model. In reality, I wanted to inspect it in order to see if the quality was still the same as my older model. It is. The new style blades have been reconfigured with the new Edge 2000 full hollow grind as opposed to my 1993 model's flat grind. I'm not sure this is an improvement, but it still cuts like a laser regardless and looks pretty nice. It is an excellent knife in engineering, manufacture, quality, and price. This knife will last your life time if taken care of, and also if not taken care of. Some say that the easy opening of the blades on these Bucks is a detriment. I disagree. I hate losing fingernails to knives with hard springs. This one opens easily, snaps into place, closes easily, and snaps closed. It works as designed. This is one tough working knife. And it doesn't look bad as a dress knife either, being silver and black. I find that I pick this knife to carry almost every day and have never felt that it was a wrong choice. It takes a terrific edge without too much work and lasts a good long time. I highly recommend this as either a first purchase or a purchase for someone who's used pocket knives all their life.