To get a jumpstart on the future, Buck is looking to the past.
Next year’s slate of knives from Buck features an array of new designs more in line with the modern offerings from the old American company, such as the Buck Glacier and Buck Volt.
But what really stands out are two designs that look mighty familiar: the Buck 110 Auto and the Buck 101.
Buck 110 Auto
The Buck 110 Folding Hunter is the most iconic knife ever. And that might be an understatement.
It has sold millions and may be the most bought knife of all time. The 110 has been a mainstay of Buck since it was first designed in 1963.
Over those 50 years, the 110 has been offered in countless limited editions and customizable versions. Currently, there’s a limited edition Buck 110 Folding Hunter Copper Version (250 units) and a Buck 110 Folding Hunter Weld Version (500 units) available for purchase at Knife Depot.
But in 2017 Buck will release a new automatic version of the classic folder simply called the 110 Auto, according to Blade Magazine.
To be clear, the 110 is available in automatic versions on various websites, but these are aftermarket conversions that tend to be less reliable and cost a little more. Instead, Buck is bringing everything under its own roof and offering a factory 110 Auto.
There’s not too much info out there on the finer details, but it will have 420HC stainless steel and Macassar ebony Dymondwood handle scales.
In the meantime, you can see how conversions are done in this video from Make. The guy does fail though.
Buck 101 Hunter
When the 110 was first designed, it was meant to function as a virtual fixed blade. It succeeds in many aspects and is one of the durable knives out there, but there are still examples of the lock failing under extreme duress.
Enter the 101 Hunter.
It’s surprising the 110 hasn’t come in a fixed blade version yet, but now we will have one. The 101 has all the same specs of the classic 110, including a 3.75-inch 420HC stainless steel clip point blade and Macassar ebony Dymondwood handles.
But it doesn’t have the secondary bolster at the butt of the knife or the folding mechanisms. This makes the fixed blade two ounces lighter than the folding version.
It looks great, and I have no doubt it will perform admirably.
January 3, 2017 at 9:05 am
How much Game has a 110 skinned? That’s got to be a large number because it’s a very comfortable, solid performing knife that lasts for decades. The new 101 ought to be a winner and the 2 ounce weight loss will make a difference but the compact belt-sheath profile of the folder will be very hard to change from after all these years… still, a fixed blade version is too cotton pickin Cool to pass up!
January 3, 2017 at 10:35 am
The Buck 110 has been my go to knife for the past thirty years. Really pleased to learn Buck made the long overdue decision to offer it in an auto. Has there ever been a better non-tactical carry folder than the 110? Rather doubt it! It’s service credentials are long proven by the countless fans who have depended on it for a multitude of tasks from it’s inception. The auto feature can only make a great knife better. I will own one as soon as available. Good Work Buck
January 3, 2017 at 11:28 am
The Buck 110 Auto is a long-awaited addition to the Buck line. Now all we need is to have it offered with an S30V blade and Nickel Silver bolsters.
Come on, Buck I know you can do this with one hand tied behind your back!
January 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Considering you can customize the Buck 110 on the Buck website to pretty much any iteration, I imagine they would allow you to make an auto version with the steel and handle material of your choice.
January 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm
To put it lightly I want 1 maybe 2 of the first of the Buck 110 Auto that come out the door. I hate to sound like an obsessed iPhone user, but is there a pre-release list I could join and or somewhere make a deposit towards the purchase of this knife? I’ll sleep better knowing I have mine locked in.
January 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm
I CAME ACROSS MY ORIGINAL BUCK 11O THAT I HAD BOUGHT AS MY FIRST BACKPACKING KNIFE AND I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW GOOD IT STILL WAS AND HOW GOOD IT WORKED. I BOUGHT IT IN 1976 BECAUSE IT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME. BUT NOW I KNOW WHY. IT IS DURABLE, KEEPS A VERY GOOD EDGE AND IS LOW MAINTENANCE. I HAD ENGRAVED IT MYSELF SO NO ONE WOULD BORROW IT. NOW I CAN GIVE IT TO MY GRANDSON AT LET HIM KNOW IT WAS IN ALL THE CAMPING TRIPS WITH HIS MOM WHEN SHE WAS IN DIAPERS SUCH AS THE GRAND CANYON, THE GILA WILDERNESS, YELLOWSTONE, GLACIER, SIERRA MADRE MTS. IN MEXICO, CANADA AND MANY OTHERS. IT HAS SEEN A LOT OF DUTY.
January 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm
have so many 110’s that i cannot count them all. have a conversion cannot ,wait for the real deal! once gave away a 110 to goodwill because i did not think i would need a knife again; dumb move.