The iconic Buck 110 folder first debuted in 1964 and quickly propelled the company into one of the countries 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 has 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 Ranger LT boasts a classic lockback release, nail-nick port for blade deployment and the handle styling boasts a flared base for proper grip security. This smaller lightweight model features a black nylon handle, a clip point style blade in a stonewash finish, no pocket clip, but the included black polyester sheath allows for a belt carry option. Made in the USA.
- Blade Length: 3"
- Overall Length: 7.25"
- Blade Material: 420HC High Carbon Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Handle Length: 4.25"
- Handle Material: Nylon
- Weight: 2.5 oz.
- Sheath: Polyester
- Sheath Weight: 0.7 oz.
The Buck 112 Ranger Lt Folding Knife
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 112 Ranger LT Folding Knife. This knife is in stock right now, but supplies are running low. You better buy yours now.
The blade on this knife is made out of 420HC High Carbon Stainless Steel. This is a midrange steel that is normally considered the best of the 420 family. The HC in the name stands for High Carbon. This steel is most similar to 420, but does have increased carbon, which is where the name comes from in the first place.
While it is considered a mid-range steel, good manufacturers, especially Buck, can bring out the best with their heat treatments. In fact, Buck is known for the work that they can do with the 420HC to make the edge last longer as well as increasing the resistance to corrosion. This steel is actually one of the most corrosion resistant steels that you are going to find on the market today, even though it costs so little. Often times, you will find it on budget blades, but with what Buck can do with it, this is almost a high end knife.
- Inexpensive steel that is going to give you crazy good quality.
- Increased carbon is going to make the steel tougher.
- Buck’s heat treatment is going to make this steel act like one of the more premium steels.
- The edge will last an extended period of time.
- High levels of corrosion resistance.
The blade has been finished with a stonewashed finish. This is a common blade finish. It is created when the blade has been tumbled around with small pebbles, which are used as an abrasive. This roughs up the steel. After it has been tumbled, it is removed, smoothed out, and polished. This keeps the textured look, but gives you a smooth blade for smooth cutting.
Since the textured look remains, it gives a rugged and well-worn look. This also works to hide the scratches and smudges that accumulate over time, prolonging the original look of the blade. The blade also will have a mattified finish, which helps to cut down on glares and reflections that you would encounter. All in all, this is a very low-maintenance blade finish. This finish is exceptional for a hunting knife such as this one, because you won’t have to worry about all of the nitty-gritty details of maintenance when you are just trying to enjoy your hunting trip. And, over time, your blade is going to look just as good.
- Low maintenance.
- Well-worn, textured look.
- Cuts down on some glares and reflections.
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 drop 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.
- Lowered point is going to give you more control.
- The fine and sharp point is going to excel at piercing, especially softer targets.
- The fine and sharp tip is going to be prone to breaking.
- The blade shape has a large belly that is perfect for slicing.
The handle on this is made out of a glass-reinforced nylon, or GFN. This material is a thermoplastic material that is known for being cheap, but also nearly indestructible. It is so tough and durable because all of the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout it. This means that no matter which way the handle is stressed, it is not going to start to break apart. This handle material is similar to G-10, carbon fiber, and even Micarta. However, those material do suffer from being brittle because their fibers are arranged in a single direction.
The GFN has also been textured roughly, which is going to provide enough texture that you don’t have to worry about you hand slipping, even when the circumstances get messy or wet.
The only drawbacks to this handle material is that some people do feel like it has a plastic-y feel to it and they don’t feel that it is as sturdy as other materials would be. GFN also is not going to provide as much texture or grip as G-10 would.
- GFN is practically indestructible.
- GFN is tough and strong.
- GFN is inexpensive, which is what allows this knife to be a budget knife.
- This handle has enough texture that you aren’t going to lose your grip on it, even when the circumstances get messy.
- Not as much grip as G-10 would provide you with.
The handle is pretty simple. The spine curves from the blade to the butt in a slow, but even curve. The butt is also curved. There is a lanyard hole on the belly side of the butt. The belly is also incredibly simple: there is a very slight finger guard there for protection against slipping and cutting your fingers. Then, the belly extends in a recurve to the butt. The butt is flared out slightly, which does offer you more grip than one that is not flared.
- Flared butt offers more grip than one that isn’t flared.
- Lanyard hole on belly side of the butt.
- Slight finger guard for some added protection.
This is a manual folding knife that is equipped with a slight nail nick. The nail nick is a slight divot on the blade that extends out of the handle when the knife is closed. You are able to get traction with this divot and swing the knife open. The nail nick is classic and traditional—a mechanism that you are likely to find on plenty of traditional knives, such as this one. It is also easy to use and easy to get the hang of. It does not get in the way when you are trying to use the knife either, like some people feel the thumb stud does.
- Nail nick is very traditional.
- Nail nick is easy to use and easy to get the hang of.
- Nail nick is not ambidextrous and does not get in the way when the knife is in use.
The Buck 112 does come with a polyester pouch sheath, which is perfect for storage. Especially since this knife does not have a pocket clip. The polyester is going to be durable and hold the knife safely until you need it. It snaps shut, is durable and not easily scuffed, and sports the BUCK logo on the fold of the pouch. This pouch will last as long as you need it to and you can easily wipe it down to clean it.
The blade on this knife measures in at 3 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. This means that when the knife is opened, it will measures in at 7.25 inches long. The Buck itself weighs in at 2.5 ounces, which is definitely on the lighter side of things. The sheath is going to weigh in at 0.7 ounces.
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 has 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 Ranger LT boasts a classic lockback release, nail-nick port for blade deployment and the handle styling boasts a flared base for proper grip security. This smaller lightweight model features a black nylon handle, a clip point style blade in a stonewash finish, no pocket clip, but the included black polyester sheath allows for a belt carry option.
The Buck 112 Ranger LT is in stock at BladeOps right now. Supplies are going quick though, so you better buy yours now.