Buck Knife, Open Series
By Avid Crew Member
Buck® has been a reputable American company since 1902. With their reasonable prices and great warranties, hunters like me have trusted their blades for years. Their newest line of knives, the Buck® Open Season Series has been designed to provide a blade for all of your field needs. With claims to such versatility I had to throw one in my pack for this season to give it a try.
The first thing I look for in a knife is how easy it is going to be to clean. Some people may not think that’s the most important element, but I am never too ecstatic about the cleanup from an animal. If a knife has a lot of sharp edges in the handle, with different places for things to get caught and build up, this makes it hard to clean. I tend to not use a knife like that until the final step of meat cutting to save me from having a nasty blade in my pack.
The next thing I look for in a blade is how long the knife will hold an edge. When daylight’s fading and you’re trying to dress your game in the dark with nothing but flashlights, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a dull blade. I have had some people recommend razor knives as a good option since the blades can be quickly changed and the factory sharpened edge is literally razor sharp. I agree that these knives have their advantages but they should be used strictly for
skinning. These interchangeable blades are extremely thin and with a relatively small amount of force, can be broken off leaving you knifeless with a booby trap waiting in your game. The 135 Packlite® Elite is the new lightweight option in the Open Season Series that will help you get your game dressed in the field with precision and accuracy. This perfect set includes a lightweight caper and boning knife. The slender blade of the boning knife is perfect for tasks such as deboning and skinning. The caper's modified blade allows for precise, detailed work with ultimate control. The minimalist design makes the entire set lightweight and easy to carry but strong and reliable made with S30V steel and housed in a convenient compact sheath. These blades hold an edge and work wonders with game.
The Pro versions in the Buck® Open Season series are designed with S30V stainless steel blades and Rosewood Dymondwood handles, with a metal inlay. They come with a genuine leather black sheath. The Select versions are designed with 420HC stainless steel and black thermoplastic handles. Each knife in this series comes with a heavy-duty nylon sheath. All knives feature an ergonomically contoured handle with a large finger coil for a controlled, comfortable grip.