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Old February 26th, 2015, 02:20 AM   #1
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BUCK Knife Warranty

I aquired a BUCK knife from a pawn shop some time ago, and it had an edge put on it by what appears to have been a dremel tool.

I may have over paid for the thing and learned a lesson in being informed with my purchases instead of jumping the gun.

Well got to reading and found out the knife blade ( if not a knock off) is from the area of 76'-80' i believe to that effect. Who knows, maybe even the brass handle.

Anywho, I want to send it back to have the old edge angle put back on it ( a nice older gent at Cabela's told me the supposed angle in something like 15°) because the knife edge has folded over and I would like said old angle.

Other reasons I don't just want a blade change, is because it is reputed, that the knife metal has changed ( not that I would be able to tell the difference) from 440c to 420c and that some how the older blade metal is more desirable in a folding hunting/skinning knife. ( please inform me of the benefits and or differences and characteristics of the metals if you would)

Long story short, has anyone had this type of warranty work done, or anything similar?

Knife just sharpened to old angle, no blade change.

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Old February 26th, 2015, 04:14 AM   #2
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I've had my Buck knife since in July 1987. I bought it for myself when I graduated Pathfinder School at Fort Benning. I've never had to send it in for care as I keep the edge myself using various sharpening tools/gear. Have you thought of doing it yourself?

I would... because learning to sharpen a knife is truly an art (of some degree) and you never know when you may have to put that art to use.

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Old February 26th, 2015, 05:24 AM   #3
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buy a lansky sharpener set & learn to do it yourself. hth. it's not too hard, practice on a cheap knife.

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Man you would need to post a pic of it to see where you are at on the blade or what you have with the knife. What model, a 110? I recently sent a Buck in for repair. They sent me a current model knife, pretty much a cheap POS compared to the burgundy handled Bucklite that I sent to them for repair. You may get lucky, but I suspect there isn't a person at Buck that sits around disassembling old knives and re-blading them, or even any level of sharpening beyond the most basic touch up. I bet they have a 20-something year old cute little brunette that opens the returns boxes, selects a "comparable" model, hits print on a form letter and packs and ships... Or I may be wrong, maybe black hair and slanty eyes...

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"List of Blade Materials" - Buck

See the items in red. Interesting site but I don't know how accurate it is. Send the knife back to Buck. I'm sure they'll take care of you.
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" . . . The HC stands for "high carbon" and it can be brought to a higher hardness than 420 and should not be mistaken for it. Buck Knives uses 420HC extensively.[8] 420A ( 420J1 ) and 420B ( 420J2 ) are economical, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel grades. Knife manufacturers use this material in budget knives, also in diving knives due to its high resistance to corrosion.[8] 440 series has three types, 440A, 440B and 440C. 440A is a relatively a low cost, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel. In China, Ahonest ChangJiang Stainless steel developed 440A modifed 7Cr17MoV, by adding more element vanadium.[31] 440B is almost identical to 440A, but has a higher carbon content range compared to 440A[31] 440C is considered a high-end stainless steel. It is very resistant to corrosion and is one of the most common stainless alloys used for knife making.[31] The once ubiquitous American Buck Model 110 Folding Hunter was made of 440C before 1981. 440C has highest carbon content in 440 group.[31] Böhler n695 is equivalent to 440C. . . "
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See the items in red. Interesting site but I don't know how accurate it is. Send the knife back to Buck. I'm sure they'll take care of you.
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" . . . The HC stands for "high carbon" and it can be brought to a higher hardness than 420 and should not be mistaken for it. Buck Knives uses 420HC extensively.[8] 420A ( 420J1 ) and 420B ( 420J2 ) are economical, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel grades. Knife manufacturers use this material in budget knives, also in diving knives due to its high resistance to corrosion.[8] 440 series has three types, 440A, 440B and 440C. 440A is a relatively a low cost, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel. In China, Ahonest ChangJiang Stainless steel developed 440A modifed 7Cr17MoV, by adding more element vanadium.[31] 440B is almost identical to 440A, but has a higher carbon content range compared to 440A[31] 440C is considered a high-end stainless steel. It is very resistant to corrosion and is one of the most common stainless alloys used for knife making.[31] The once ubiquitous American Buck Model 110 Folding Hunter was made of 440C before 1981. 440C has highest carbon content in 440 group.[31] Böhler n695 is equivalent to 440C. . . "
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I have a Buck Vanguard from the early 90s. I don't know which one of those steels the blade is made from but it is the hardest blade I have ever run across. The only thing that I have found that will take metal off the blade is a diamond sharpening stone set.

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I've had my Buck knife since in July 1987. I bought it for myself when I graduated Pathfinder School at Fort Benning. I've never had to send it in for care as I keep the edge myself using various sharpening tools/gear. Have you thought of doing it yourself?

I would... because learning to sharpen a knife is truly an art (of some degree) and you never know when you may have to put that art to use.
I would like to really, (sharpen the blade) I was hoping for a starting point though, so I could have a bit of guide lines when trying to get the right angle. Also I would like a more aggressive stout edge than the one someone else gave it.

If I want to sharpen this harder 440C steel I'm going to need some pretty stout stones, and a couple of good ones for finish work. Any products worth looking into?

Yeah, I kind of don't trust Buck to give back my actual knife. As some have stated, they just traded it in for a lesser model......

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Man you would need to post a pic of it to see where you are at on the blade or what you have with the knife. What model, a 110? I recently sent a Buck in for repair. They sent me a current model knife, pretty much a cheap POS compared to the burgundy handled Bucklite that I sent to them for repair. You may get lucky, but I suspect there isn't a person at Buck that sits around disassembling old knives and re-blading them, or even any level of sharpening beyond the most basic touch up. I bet they have a 20-something year old cute little brunette that opens the returns boxes, selects a "comparable" model, hits print on a form letter and packs and ships... Or I may be wrong, maybe black hair and slanty eyes...
The date from the blade symbol is from 74-80. Has "BUCK", *110*, U.S.A. on the blade. Making it a model 110. I'll get a pick here in a moment.

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Some more. I'LL TRY TO TAKE A BETTER PICK.
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Buck is good about handling repair requests and doing whatever (within reason) is in the letter you put in the box. I have firsthand experience.

My dad always carried around a small Buck 309. One day when I was just an ankle-biter, he did something with it he probably shouldn't have, and snapped the large blade clean off. After learning a bunch of new words from dad, he gave me the busted knife, and picked up another one at the local hardware store.

For 30+ years I've kept that knife. Last year I got a bug in my ear and mailed it back to Buck. I told them how it broke, I would like it repaired and that I would *pay* for the repair. The note also said if they couldn't repair it, to return it and I'd pay postage (sentimental value).

A couple of weeks later I got a current-production 309, the old knife, and a discount code for 25% off anything on their online store. I suspect the new 309 will last another 30 years. In truth, my kid will get it when the time comes.

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