Few knife makers
produce the varied selection of cutting tools Buck Knives offers. They range
from camp axes and folding saws to pruning and utility shears. Did I mention
knives? Folding and fixed-blade sheath models are available for almost every
purpose, including hunting, skinning, camping, law enforcement and
self-defense. I purchased my first Buck knife – a 5-inch Pathfinder®
– more than 30 years ago, and it was the first of many. That all-purpose
hunting knife is still in the line, as is the classic Folding Hunter® I
added to my collection later.
Every time I visit
the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show, I drop by the Buck
booth to see the company’s latest cutlery. This year two unusual knives
caught my eye. Each was made in collaboration with mountaineer Peter Whittaker.
The Model 777 Lumina
sports a 3-inch,
one-hand-opening, drop-point, partially serrated 420HC steel blade keen enough
to cleanly shave hair from my forearm. Folded into its hand-filling translucent
nylon handle, the knife measures 43/8 inches and weighs in at 3.6 ounces. The
stainless steel frame incorporates the same exaggerated lanyard loop featured
in other Whittaker designs.
The Metro LED is a
compact, oval-shaped pocket knife only 2 3/8 inches in length when closed.
Weight is a barely there 1 1/2 ounces. The miniature blade extends 1 1/4 inches
from the colorful (mine is red) nylon handle and could come in handy for
opening small packages or other light-duty chores. Again, the handle sports a
lanyard loop that could allow the knife to double as a key chain. The best
description for this little knife is “cute.”
Both the Lumina and
Metro knives share one unusual – but useful – feature: integral 5mm
LED (Light-Emitting Diode) flashlights. Powered by a pair of compact, 3-volt
CR-2032 lithium batteries, the Lumina light can be operated in four different
modes: high beam, medium beam, low beam and intermittent flashing. Each mode is
activated by pressing a switch on the left side of the handle. This is an
“up-close-and-personal” light. Even on high beam, it has a useful
illumination range of maybe 15 feet. At its lowest intensity, the light could
help find a darkened keyhole. After five minutes of continuous use, the light
automatically shuts off to conserve batteries.
Lilliputian Metro LED is powered by two, 3-volt CR-1616 batteries and offers a
single lighting mode. This light shuts off after three minutes.
to Buck Knives, “LEDs are water resistant and have no moving or burning
parts, so they are not prone to breakage.” Average lifetime of these
little lights is said to be 100,000 hours, and they’re supposed to be
more durable than flashlight bulbs.
knives also feature Buck’s Edge2x™ technology, which means the
blades are sharper out of the box, remain sharp longer, and are easier to
resharpen than conventional blades.
Model 777 Lumina has a suggested retail price of $55, while the Model 758 Metro
lists for $27. I like both of these eye-catching, dual-use pocketknives.
them at your Buck Knife dealer, or contact Buck Knives, Dept. HL, 660 S. Lochsa
Street, Post Falls ID 83854; telephone toll-free: 1-800-326-2825; or visit
online at: www.buckknives.com.