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Knife Review: Buck Brown 112 Slim Ranger Pro Folding Knife

Knife Review: Buck Brown 112 Slim Ranger Pro Folding Knife

Posted by SD on Sep 15th 2020

The Buck Brown 112 Slim Ranger Pro Folding Knife

Buck Brown 112 Slim Pro Hunter

A young Kansas blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. His unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt made each knife by hand, suing worn out file blades as raw material. His handiwork was greatly appreciated during World War II. Hoyt’s eldest son Al had relocated from the Pacific Northwest to San Diego California after finishing a stint in the navy a decade earlier. Hoyt, and his wife Daisy, moved in with Al and his young family in 1945 and set up shop as H.H. Buck and Son.

Following the death of his father, Al kept the fledgling custom knife business going until incorporating Buck Knives, Inc. in 1961. Al introduced his son, Chuck, to the knife business at an early age and Chuck and his wife, Lori, were both involved when the company was incorporated. In 1964, the knife industry was revolutionized with the introduction of the Model 110 Folding Hunter, making Buck Knives a leader in the field. A position they proudly hold today.

Chuck worked his way up through the company serving as President and CEO for many years before handing over the reins to his son, CJ, in 1999. Chuck remained active as Chairman of the Board until his passing in 2015. Lori now serves on the Board of Directors and is actively involved with Buck promotional events throughout the US, continuing Chuck’s legacy.

CJ, the 4th generation family member to run Buck Knives and current CEO, President and Chairman, started out with the company on the production line in 1978. He has been quoted saying, “We have been helping people thrive with reliable and trustworthy edged products for over a century. Since our own name is on the knife, our quality, focus and attention to detail is very personal.”

Hoyt and Al Buck’s ingenuity may have put the company on the map. But it is their ongoing commitment to developing innovative new products and improving what they have by third and fourth generation Buck family members that have made Buck the successful knife maker it is today. Frankly, it is what their customers expect from a Buck.

Buck has a forever warranty which means that they warranty each and every Buck knife to be free of defects in material and workmanship for the life of the knife, and they will repair or replace with a new Buck knife, at their option, any Buck knife that is defective.

Today we will be discussing the Buck Brown 112 Slim Ranger Pro folding knife, which is currently in stock, but going quickly, so if you like what you read, you will want to hurry over to BladeOps and buy yours right now.

The Blade:

The blade on this Buck has been made out of CPM S30V steel. This is a common steel for higher end knives, because it does have an immense amount of good qualities. This steel is made by Crucible Industries, which is a higher-end steel company, known for making steels particularly for knives. CPM S30V steel was especially made just for higher-end cutlery, so you know that you are getting all of the best qualities that you possibly can from it.

The first thing about CPM S30V steel is that it is known for having a near perfect balance between edge retention, hardness, and toughness. This is a surprisingly difficult balance to achieve because the harder the steel is, the less durable and tough it is. The opposite is true as well: the tougher the steel is, the less hard it is, which does mean that there is going to be less strength to it. Plus, the harder the steel is, the better it is able to retain the sharpened edge. The fact that this steel has such a great balance of those qualities really does set this steel apart from the rest.

The next major benefit of CPM S30V steel is that it is highly corrosion and stain resistant. This means that it is going to be low-maintenance, which is an ideal characteristic for those outdoor jobs. You will be able to take this steel into the field with you, without worrying about the maintenance and time needed to upkeep this steel. While you should oil it occasionally to keep the steel in the best shape, all you will really need to do in the field is wipe it down and make sure that it is dry before placing it back inside of the handle.

The only major disadvantage to this great steel is that it does prove rather complicated to work with. It is known for being tough to sharpen. In fact, beginner sharpeners will not be able to get a clean and fine edge on this—you are going to need to leave that to some of the more advanced sharpeners.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish, which is a common and traditional finish. In terms of luster, this finish does fall right in the middle of the spectrum. The satin provides a clean silver look that it not going to go out of style. Plus, the satin finish does work to slightly improve the corrosion resistance levels of the blade.

The blade on this has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This is a fantastic all-purpose blade shape that is also one of the most popular blade shapes on the market. The blade’s spine runs straight out from the handle to about halfway up the knife. At this point, it drops pretty low and curves toward the tip. This section looks as if it has been clipped out of the spine of the knife and is rightly referred to as the clip of the blade. Obviously, this is where the blade shape got its name from.

The clip does a couple of things. For starters, it gives the blade a lowered tip. This is going to give you more control over your cuts, which is always needed for a hunting or outdoors knife such as the 112. This is going to help you do precision work without slipping.

The tip is also fine and sharp, which is ideal for piercing. The clip is going to give you a point that excels at piercing, especially with softer targets. This is also one of the only disadvantages of the clip point blade shape. The tip being finer and sharper means that it is going to be more prone to breaking or snapping. This is especially common when used on harder targets. The blade is definitely going to be able to get the job done though, that shouldn’t be a concern of yours.

The clip point blade shape also has a large belly. This is perfect for hunting because it allows you to slice more easily with it. With an outdoors knife such as this one, slicing is going to be a common move. The bigger the belly that you have, the easier it is going to be to slice with, meaning this knife is going to rock.

The Handle:

The handle on the 112 is made out of a canvas micarta. Micarta is a popular type of a phenolic, which is a substance made with the organic compound Phenol, a type of resin. This material is created with thin layers of canvas that are soaked in a phenolic resin. This creates a product that is lightweight, strong, and looks a little nicer than G-10. This material was actually originally introduced as an electrical insulator but was found to be a great option for knife handles.

Clip View of Buck Brown Slim Ranger

That being said, Micarta does not have any surface texture. It requires a lot of hand labor to produce and then carve some sort of texture into the knife. The more manual labor a material requires, the more expensive it is going to be. This means that Micarta is definitely going to raise the cost of the knife. Some people worry that because the manufacturer carves the texture into the knife that the material is going to be easily scratched. That is not an issue. Micarta is incredibly hard and not easy to scratch, which is why it does cost so much to put the texture in it. The overall pros of this knife material are that it is tough, light, and durable. The overall cons to this knife material are that it is expensive, and it is brittle, just like G-10.

The Pocket Clip:

The deep carry pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only, however, it is eligible for either left- or right-hand carry option. This works to make it slightly more ambidextrous friendly, which is an advantage. The clip is unique, featuring a massive top part that bulges out near the edges of the handle. It tapers slightly, but it still much thicker than most clips you would find. The clip is satin, which does match the blade and the rest of the hardware on this Buck. There is a large cutout in the middle of the clip.

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that has been equipped with dual thumb lugs. The thumb lugs are nearly identical to the thumb studs, except they are larger, which does make them easier to access. These are dual thumb lugs, which means that they extend out of both sides of the handle. This allows you to open the blade on either side, which adds to the ambidextrous friendly side of the Buck 112 Slim Ranger Pro. The thumb lugs are easy to use and easy to get the hang of. One of the other big advantages is that you can open this Buck with only a single hand. When the task in front of you requires you to keep at least one hand on it, you will still be able to open and use this knife.

The Specs:

The blade on this fantastic knife measures in at 3 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. This means that the overall length of the knife is going to come in at 7.25 inches long, which is a pretty standard size for a knife. However, because of the handle material, this is going to be an incredibly lightweight knife, weighing in at only 2.8 ounces. This means that you can easily bring this on any hunting or outdoor trip without being weighed down. Here at BladeOps, we know that sometimes, every single ounce counts, which is why this Buck knife is the ideal option. Also, it was made in the United States of America, so you can be proud to own, carry, and use it. You will also know that you can rely on the quality of this Buck, putting your trust into it for your next outdoors adventure.


The new 112 Series by Buck Knives was manufactured shortly after the 0110 for those that wanted something that was more compact while boasting the same industry-leading materials. The iconic Buck 110 folder first debuted in 1964 and quickly propelled the company into one of the country’s most prominent manufacturers to date--but the recent released of the smaller Buck 112 provides a smaller more-compact version with all the same features. The name and style have always maintained its heritage but over the years we have seen emerging variations in both finish and functionality. This year is the dawn of a new colorful line-up based upon the recently introduced slimmer profile. Each 112 Slim Ranger Pro boasts a classic lockback release, dual-thumb lugs for blade deployment and the handle styling boasts a flared base for proper grip security. This smaller upgraded model features a brown canvas micarta handle, a clip point style blade in a satin finish and the reversible deep carry pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left- or right-hand carry option.

This Buck knife is currently in stock at BladeOps, but it is going quickly. If you want to get your hands on one of these fantastic knives, you are going to want to buy yours today. Purchase yours here.