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Buck Bantam knives: "Knock-out Punches for Lightweights" by Nutnfancy

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Published on Aug 31, 2008

Hot cars, cool guns, fancy knives are all great. But truth told I am a fan of high value, that is things that deliver high performance at a very reasonable cost. That's where my loyalties lie and hopefully that message comes through in most of my videos. Here I cover a perfect example of high value, seemingly high performance knives: The Buck Bantam Series. These knives possess many qualities that I like: lightweight, low cost, good steel, strong lockups, clips that hold tight, hollow grinding, comfy handles, and a choice of finishes (the Real Tree camo version looks awesome). Moreover, their 420HC steel is expertly hardened, cryogenically treated, and tempered making them, from many reports, outstanding edge-holders at this price point (they have Paul Bos heat treat according to Buck as well). Also they have a nice grind terminating in sharp, shallow angle edges that need no re-grinding. But all is not perfect in Buckland: the clip is pivot mounted and can't be switched, the smallest model (BBW) doesn't even have one (?!). They may not be the fastest deploying Zytel knives out there and you might get one with a stodgy, overly tight pivot pin (like one example I show of the smallest BBW model; second one was fine). But these Bantams remain excellent high value EDC, hunting, or lightweight tactical choices...even if you have more money!///////Update Jan 2011: Pink camo versions issued, all made in the USA/////
Nutnfancy Likability Scale (price considered):
Bantam BHW (largest): 8 of 10
Bantam BLW (mid size): 8 of 10
Bantam BBW (smallest): 4 of 10 (needs clip, pivot screw being tight slows deployment greatly in SOME BBWs)
UPDATE 9/08: I sent my BBW to Buck for a replacement for a smoother deploying one (the other BBW I have deploys smoothly!). The response was this from "Debbie": "This is how this knife is made. It is not suppose to be a one handed opening." What?! Sounds made up. Nevertheless BBW model downrated in NLS.

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