By M. W. Byrne

American Tradition: 13 of the Best Buck Knives

Though you can’t go wrong, Buck is proof that you can be right a lot of different ways. Here’s each and every one of them.

Bantam BHW

Besides that, the blade has no play, the lock won’t fumble, and once you’ve acclimated to it you’ll feel naked without it. Purchase: $18

1

Nobleman

Nobleman is a satin finish beauty complete with 440A steel with the choice of carbon fiber handles. Purchase: $24

2

Clearwater Bait Knife

A glance should tell any serious maritimer that this means business and won’t slide out of your hand when landing the big one or any deadly catch.  Purchase: $25

3

Spitfire

A dense, large EDC knife that manages to cut a low pocket profile, the opening and shutting are the real stars of the show.  Purchase: $30

4

301 Stockman

The biggest of the three-bladed knives that Buck offers, the Stockman is an honest-to-heaven workman’s knife as proven by the sheepsfoot blade combined with the standard clip and drop points.  Purchase: $34

5

110 Folding Hunter

It’s a lockblade, which not everyone loves, but it does give a greater fixed blade feel than most folding pocket knives, and you can now get it as an auto knife, should the tired, traditional opening and closing mechanism be too slow for you. Purchase: $40

6

TravelMate Kit

A knife and fork combo tucked into a glass-reinforced nylon sheath treated with anti-microbials, this is a must for anyone who wants quality camp silverware that packs down tight. Purchase: $40

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