Buck 110 Tip breakage?

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  1. GreyOne

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    The lower stag handle Buck FH was bought about 1964/65 IIRC. I used it for forty years, and rehandeled it in stag. Tip saw a lot of use.
    Finally retired it about 3-4 years ago and bought the Alaskan Guide version in S30V- top knife. The tip is not fragile if used as a KNIFE tip. It will snap if used as a pry bar or screwdriver. Simple matter of user choice.

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    I've had a bunch of 110s and only broke the tip off one. I was cutting up a truck tire (I don't recall why). I've seen bunches with the tips broken off back in the seventies, but I think all of them were due to the negligence of the people using them. They're decent knives, use it right and it won't let you down.
     
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    I love my 110. My dad used one for years and never had a problem with the tip but he and I always use it as a knife. If you see one it is thin out at the tip and does look like it will brake if used improperly. I really like the look of that Alaskan model there.
     
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    A certain semi incompetent NCO broke the tip off of mine then failed to mention it. I kinda reprofiled it with a leatherman wave file.
     
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    The buck 110 is a good knife, I've carried one for years.
    As long as you use it as a knife. You will carry one for years as well ;)
     
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    I got my first 110 when I was 10 years old. Being a kid I of course snuck it out of the house to show off to my friends. I stabbed it in a 2x4 and one of my friends grabbed it and pulled it out sideways breaking off the tip. So of course the tip will break if it is abused. I have since used it and another 110 to gut, skin and process countless animals, cutting through ribs and joints, and whittled away a forest worth of wood. IMO the 110 is one of the best locking folders you can get for the money. As long as you don't use the tip as a screwdriver or prybar you will not have a problem. Besides if you do break it Buck has one of the top warranties in the business.
     
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    Mine's at least thirty years old... been carying it daily for most of that, including tours in Korea, Okinawa, Iraq and Kuwait... For a couple of years during the early nineties I regularly taught Spontaneous Defense against Edged Weapons classes to Corrections Officers and local Deputies and Police. I performed quite a few demonstrations of which knives would penetrate a ballistic vest... My old 110 was always a top performer in those demos... It still has it's original tip...
     
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    I bought my Buck 110 in 1974 and have been using it ever since for multiple chores. I do not use it as a screwdriver or pry bar, etc. It is still an outstanding knife.

    I have a friend who spent 22 years in the Army. He did three tours in Vietnam, one as NCO in the 101st Airborne Div., the final two as an officer in a Ranger outfit. The Buck 110 was the knife he carried and it was always with him. He still uses it. He never broke the tip.

    S.M.
     
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    buck 110 is a good knife no its excellent will the tip break yes if abused more than you should
     
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    My dad has had one since the 60's and I've had a 112 since the very early 70's and my brother the "The Knife Destroyer" has had the 110 since the mid-70's. Never a problem. I did break a tip off of the 503 pocket knife by dropping it on concrete, but sent it back to Buck, they replaced the whole blade and sent it back within a week and a half, free of charge. Happy, happy, happy!

    Scott
     
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    There are plenty of older ones around and they used 440c for awhile. I bought one from the mid 70's in new condition from an auction site. I don't remember the years of the better steel but there is quite a following of the Buck 110 and plenty of information out there. Enjoy finding one!
     
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    I bought my first (of two) Buck 110s in 1968 from the base exchange when I first got out of boot camp. The blade has since thinned down by countless hours of sharpening.

    I believe the only way the tip will suffer is if it's dropped or used as a pry bar. Both activities should never be done to a knife, except in an emergency.

    I don't think you have anything to worry about. These are classics and one of the best folders ever.

    Steve
     
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    I have broken the tip of mine but it was my own fault (twisting it while it was stuck in a board). I fixed it with a considerable amount of work because I didn't want to take a chance on not getting my original knife back if I sent it back to Buck. I was afraid they'd just replace it. I have to say I can get a sharper edge on that knife than any other knife I own. So, yes, you can break the tip; it is kind of fragile but it is a teriffic knife if used properly.
     
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    Love my 110. The sheath has been gone for years, but the knife is still in great shape. I bought mine at the Navy Exchange in the 80s then in the latter part of fhe 80s I picked up a buck lite. Carried it for years until the tip broke. I sent it back to Buck around mid Feb. They sent it back to me last week, new blade and a letter from the pres reminding me of the Buck forever guarantee. They have always been an up standing company who makes quality products; I'll be a Buck owner for life.
     
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    I have carried Buck 110's on and off for over 40 years, and never broke a tip. But have seen a slew of them with broke tips, usually due to some idiot either prying with it, or trying to throw it at a tree. Some people just need an education on proper knife care and use (maybe make the "Tote and Chip Card" from Boy Scouts mandatory)
     
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    Whether you have a basic 110 that you bought yesterday from WallyWorld for <$30 or a Buck Custom shop treasure, like mine below, that cost you ~$170 a few years back, you can break the tip off. The same goes for a $400+ CRK Sebenza. Use your favorite folder or fixed blade one time as a pry-bar or screwdriver- even just once, and you can easily break that tip right off. Use them as a knife and, barring a steel defect you should enjoy your knife for years.

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    Buck's custom shop made that 110 - for me! It's flaming Koa wood scales, nickel silver bolsters, and teardrop Damascus blade make it a joy to behold and a pleasure to carry and use. I have bought more expensive knives - including a Sebenza and a custom by Mel Pardue - but that first Buck Custom Shop knife would be the one I'd grab in an emergency. Now, despite having Buck 110's in BG-42, CPM154, Damascus, and S30V, I'll always grab a 420HC bladed 110 for serious cutting - I can put a wicked edge on it! Great knife!

    Stainz
     
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    Never had any issues with the tip had
    a 110 when I was a kid was harder on it
    then compared to my knives now. Currently
    got its little brother the 112 yep touch
    heavy good everyday beaters. My old 1
    Did losse a scale but that was a kid using
    the hell out of the knife old age. Miss
    that knife
     
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    every buck ive seen with a broken tip ended up that way cause someone decided to show off and throw it... dont do that.. and im sure it will last you a lifetime.
     
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    I'm also a long time user of the Buck 110…over 40 years now.
    Used them hard in construction and never broke a tip.
    I used a pry bar if I needed a pry bar, not the tip of my knife blade.

    I've got a 110 in my pocket right now. Been carrying this one for a few weeks because I had no experience with Buck's 420HC steel and wanted to get a feel for it.
    Excellent edge retention so far with only a light touch up on a leather strop once.
     
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    Basic science, hard steel can break while soft steel can bend. Knives are always a blancing act between hard enough to keep an edge and soft enough to not be fragile like glass.

    If you ever get a folder stuck in wood, keep the blade and handle straight and push it back towards the lock, if you push it to the side it may break and if you push it away from the lock it may cause a lock failure that will cut your fingers.
     
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    all buck knives are crap the metal is to brittle.
     
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    No issues with my 112.

    LJT
     
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    That is truly golden wisdom there...I might know someone with a bandaid on right now. Sadly he knew better!
     
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    If you do happen to lose a tip to your Buck 110, just send it in back to Buck and they will replace it for nothing. All you will be out is postage to get it there and a little time waiting for it to be replaced.

    Been there, done that with a knife that got knocked off a table in the garage while butchering an elk.
     
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    As brittle is to what? ;)
     
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    Back in the early '80s when I worked at the knife shop, it was common enough to see Buck 110s with 1/8-1/4 inch of the tip gone. I know, as I retipped them.

    They used 425M Sandvik in those days, a secret they guarded like the truth about the Rosicrucians or something. Not sure why except that in those long ago days, most manufacturers kept their choice of steel a secret. Gerber and Kershaw, in those days pretty avant garde outfits, were notable exceptions.

    They were the most common knives to retip, but hardly the only. I also suspect they were the most common knives in general circulation, period.

    Schrade LB7s, a MUCH softer knife, was common enough to retip, too. People could and can break anything.
     
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    Broke the tip off my 112 while stripping bark off a piece of cedar, something I might do with any knife, it been over 20 years ago, but I don't recall being abusive towards the whole situation, anyways sent the knife back to Buck they replaced the blade and sent it back, haven't had an issue since...
     
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    I broke the tip off of mine a few years back while pounding it through the pelvic bone of a spike bull. I think under those conditions any simular knife would be prone to breakage. I just took an agressive stone and ground the tip back that night in camp. Good knives, I would still buy another if the price was right.
     
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    The 110 is one of my most used knives. Never an issue, but I use it as a knife rather than a multi tool. I'm not abusive to my gear, but can be pretty hard on it from time to time.
     
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    I am working on my second buck 110. The first one was stolen and i really miss it. I finally bought a second and love it but i have never used it as a prybar or screwdriver
     
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    So if you bust a Buck are a abusive idiot?
    So with mild use like opening letters and spreading cheese wiz your good
    I love the idea of the Buck knife but have had tips break a couple cases catfish was involved
    no need for details the only way they break is
    grandpa grave spinning negligents
    not in no use for em
    Again I like the idea of the Buck knife just no use for a knife built that thick yet so dainty
     
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    Yup. Thousands upon thousands of 110 users have been saying that for decades. No, wait, they've been saying the other thing. How much they like them. I feel silly, now.

    Goog
     
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    I've carried a 110 since the mid 70's and have snapped the tip on only 1. It was from misuse, and $10 later I had a new blade and still carry that knife regularly. Love my 110's!
     
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    I've had two in my life. Got one around 16 yrs old,dropped on a hardwood floor and snapped off about 1/8-3/16". Did know about warranty and all. Have a second one 20-25 yrs ago. I wouldn't trade it or my 119 for anything. Great knives both. Ain't a prybar or anything, just a great tool for what it's designed for. Right tool and all...:)
     
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    Glad I am not the only one to hit a 4yr old thread. Thank you, Rahul___Does!

    My last 110 was circa 1979...a roomate in college broke mine while I was out of the room...

    He stabbed a golf ball a few times, and got one stuck on the last 3/4" inch of blade, perhaps an inch, hard to recall, exactly...

    What he then did was try to knock/pull it off, using the top edge of the desk, and pulling down sharply, trying to jar it off the blade...

    Instead, the blade snapped right off flush at the golfball surface...

    That did not meet my own ideas as to toughness as for a knife that large and heavy, and never bought another.
     
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