The Buck 110 Pocketknife: The Full Nick Shabazz Review

Today, I’m going to talk about an American classic, which also happens to fit into Thrifty Thursdays, the Buck 110. It looks nice, functions fine, and has a decent enough construction for the price, but it’s obscenely heavy, and there’s just not a great way to carry the thing.

So, the Buck 110 is a great little piece of history, but it’s not such a great little piece of modern EDC gear.


texasdee slinglead says:

reminds me of the eBay , made in Pakistan version. pins are like hell

Dan Schwemin Jr says:

Why would anyone picked the buck knife over the ZT or Razel? Cost, that’s why. The buck knife is $30 while the others are a couple hundred. Not everyone can afford knives that cost hundreds of dollars. And others simply just don’t want to pay that much even if they had it.

Jay Martin says:

The Buck 110 is my EDC. I carry it in a Right handed cross draw leather sheath. No problems at all. Bucks heat treating makes their knives, I believe, better than most of the tactical crappers out there. I spent right at $50 for a Spyderco Tenacious and its made in China and to be honest an inferior product compared to the 110.

Just Mike says:

I’m with you on the nail nick, but it is a definite grandpa knife thing.

Time to Cut says:

I got my buck 110 as a fathers day gift to myself this year. I got the nylon sheath that allows for horizontal carry. Not a day has passed without my buck and para2 on me. got the para2 in April. Love both for very different reasons.
Actually use the buck for food prep everyday. good kitchen knife. not hard to find good uses for this legendary knife. Enjoy yours in good health.

BT 360 says:

The Buck 110 costs 70 bucks here in Germany. That’s way to expensive.

no name says:

I think you may have mistaken the 110’s greatest strength for its weakness. Yes, it is a heavy ass knife but that is because it is built like a tank. You’d be hard pressed to find any other knife in the 110’s price range that is anywhere near as durable. Yeah you can get a tank-like ZT or Graham Razel that is super durable AND lighter weight but that is due to the materials and manufacturing that also make those knives WILDLY more expensive than the $30 Buck 110 tank.

My father edc’ed a Buck 110 for over 20 years of camping, canoeing, hunting, fishing, business trips, backyard barbecues, yard work, and countless other uses. Not once did I ever hear him complain about the weight. And after 20+ years of hard use, his 110 is still rock solid, because it is built like a tank.

I’m a knife snob too but I think we sometimes lose our perspective. The Buck 110 is a rock solid knife, almost solid brass, with decent user-grade steel and a decent quality leather sheath (yeah its not perfect but it’s durable) all for just twice the price of an Opinel? I personally think it is an absolute steal and I gladly rotate it in my EDC that includes ZTs, high end Spydercos and a Sebenza.

Mike Whipp says:

Hey Nick, love your videos. Watch all the new ones and watch some of the older ones occasionally. Hence the comment on a year old video. But I felt compelled to mention the most important thing witth this knife. The Buck 110 was the first knife to have the modern lockback. I’m pretty sure that one of Buck’s designers came up with it. It was touted as the first folding hunters knife.

Korla Pandit says:

Nick, do you have a video that shows your face?

Terrance Johnson says:

Put some respect on the Buck name. Made in the U S of A !!!

mark burress says:

I will have to say the sheathes were much better when I was a kid, but no matter. Lighter more water resistant pouches are readily found, or better leather ones can be made if you have more than 1 or 2 110s.

Owlski says:

Man, there’s a lot of people hating on Nick for this honest review?
I get that the Buck 110 is a timeless knife and has a lot of history behind it, but it’s not without it’s flaws (as is the same with any knife). Don’t let the appraisals for a classic cloud your mindset and judgement towards a person simply giving you *their* own honest opinion.

That being said; I’m glad there are owners of this knife who can both appreciate the history behind it, as well as respect another man’s opinion of it.

eldoris gardner says:

I think the buck 110 is really well suited to a hunting knife.  It carries fine when it’s part of your gear (bullets, calls, binos etc), has enough blade and size to split ribs and breast bones in an ave size deer and holds an edge well enough to get through a couple before it needs to be touched up.  The tip lets you work around bones in smaller game like rabbits, and if you drop it, you’re not out much.  It also functions well in a tackle box I think. so I consider it more of a classic outdoor/utility knife.  There are some very good high end knives out there for the task, but for 30 bucks it’s pretty hard to beat for what it is.  One could argue the buck 119 is also very good, but I find the handle gets a bit slippery in cold or wet climates and do better with this 110.  Just my opinion of course.

Stoney Lonsome says:

The 110 isnt a knife collectors buy to carry or use really it’s a staple. What do I mean by that- it’s a knife that represents a change in the way knives were made and sold- this was the first popular, modern, locking knife and the first folding hunter. Without this knife the delica and endura were probably never born- in fact I doubt spyderco would even exist. This knife proved that a folding, locking knife could do real work, be trustworthy, and be very fun and cool to own. In fact- the term “buck knife’ came about because of this knife- it referred to any back locking folder. It was a generic term like “jack knife”- but I don’t think it caught on anywhere but the U.S.- and mostly the southeastern U.S. where knife culture is so prevalent. The knife industry is a “follow the leader” type industry- once someone does something and it’s popular, sells well- everybody jumps on the bandwagon. It’s still that way too a large degree- but Buck has often been that leader- you have to respect them for that. I know they’ve fallen behind in recent years but, they still have the potential to take the lead again- let’s hope they do so.

Caleb Brayton says:

Hollowed grind knives are a pain in the ass to properly sharpen in my experience

mark burress says:

This is the most famous and imitated HUNTING knife ever made. Classic Americans, it is NOT a pocket knife. I carried one of these all thru my teen years in high school and used it every day for things people normally use a knife for. EDC? Right. Heavy…yes. That’s WHY there’s a belt pouch. Here in the southern US, it was an accepted thing. You carried a knife if you carried family jewels. It is a hunting knife for skinning and processing deer etc. that millions have carried EDC.

J.P. Stone says:

At some point when you get going about “lube” and “working it” and needing paper towels, I have to ask myself… are we still talking about knifes here or “working another type of action” all together?  Hey, as long as you don’t get carpel tunnel, brother it’s all good. But wash your hands when you finish, OK?

texasdee slinglead says:

those f- ing brass bolsters won’t stay mirror beautiful more than five seconds . really irritating , for a kind of grandpa working knife . I like cases nickel bolsters better.

5ilk says:

Jimmy Diresta made a sweet clip for his 110

The4cp says:

great review. I have to get my hands on one of those ZTs

Jeff Johnson says:

this guy sounds like an annoying, knebbish jew. the tone, the rhythm, the inflection, all knebbish.


thebudkellyfiles says:

Nick, this knife will live forever. Copied extensively, but never improved upon. Plus, you can go to the Buck Custom Shop online and have one made with various woods, steels, blade designs, and so on. Very lovely. Heirloom quality. Got one with water buffalo horn scales, no rivets, nickel bolsters, and a traditional blade of SV30 steel. A work of art. Thanks.

Bumble Ostrich says:

This knife no longer comes with that leather sheath (at least the base level at Walmart etc.). It now comes with a decently made nylon sheath that can be carried either horizontally or vertically. Also this knife isn’t meant to be a “whip it out to cut some tape off of a package” knife. It’s meant to be a hunting knife. It’s meant to skin game and whittle stakes. I know this video is old but I had to give my opinion.

Le Lemon says:

Meanwhile in Belgium: that will be €80 sir

Mad Stork says:

Carried that E.D.C. for 20 years. Still do from time to time. (have 2) The sheath seemed perfectly normal back then. You can get after-market “worn/soft” (new) sheaths online are MUCH nicer than factory standard. Alot of knives need sheaths, no big deal there. As for one handed opening? I just got an automatic switchblade version of THAT (factory official). I’ve had 110’s all my life it seems, I think they have 2-3 tiers of quality. The specials are really fit, the Wal-Mart destined ones, they must make faster. Anyway…the full auto is the way to go on this guy. (If you can find it.) With NO NAIL NICK!!

Zac Tolan says:

I wonder if there is any rhyme or reason… I got mine off the buck website, and it was $80 with no defects….. I would hope they would send the slightly defected ones to wally world for $30.

リライト says:

I want one 🙁

Jacob Keary says:

the only real gripe I could possibly make is that ergonomically it is beyond dog shit

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