Buck makes a few of the most-loved and most traditional knives on the earth. If there isn’t a photograph of the Buck 110 Folding Hunter subsequent to the entry for “folding knife” within the dictionary, there ought to be. But let’s face it. Great is it’s — and it’s really one of many all-time nice designs — the 110 just isn’t everybody’s cup of tea as an EDC knife. It’s lengthy, has an enormous 3.75″ blade, it’s heavy and lacks a pocket clip.
For these of us who love the Buck aesthetic, the traditional, almost superb blade form and the robust lockback motion, however wish to carry one thing smaller and lighter, there’s the 112 Slim Pro.
At first look the 112 appears like a scaled down 110, however there’s extra happening right here. The smaller, lighter 112 Slim Pro has a 3″ blade. Gone is the 110’s nail nick. Instead, the 112 has a helpful thumb stud for simple one-handed opening.
The 110’s heavy metallic bolsters are gone, too. Instead, you might have the choice of both G10 or micarta scales…there isn’t even a metallic liner. That retains the 112 Slim Pro’s weight all the way down to a svelte 2.6 oz. in comparison with the 110’s beefy 7.2 oz.
Another distinction is the blade metal. Rather than the venerable 110’s common 420HC, Buck’s upgraded the 112’s bladel utilizing Bos warmth treated S30V. That provides the 112 superb edge retention, pretty much as good as any knife I own, even underneath some heavy use.
The 112 Slim Pro nonetheless has the traditional Buck clip level blade, although this one is a bit more step by step clipped and subsequently much less aggressive trying that the 110’s.
And for EDC comfort, the 112 Slim Pro has a reversible chrome steel deep-carry pocket clip. Ah sure…about that clip.
This is a powerful, safe clip that works effectively. I desire a deep carry clip and its presence is an enormous motive I own this as an alternative of a 110.
But that is unquestionably one of many ugliest pocket clips on any knife made. If you don’t acknowledge it, that cut-out is the Buck anvil emblem. In order to accommodate that, they needed to widen to clip considerably right into a bowling pin form, one thing there’d be no have to do if the emblem wasn’t there.
Don’t get me incorrect, it’s a reasonably good clip that works effectively. It’s simply ugly as sin and much greater than it ought to be. I do know…first world drawback. True sufficient. Still, I’ve briefly seemed for aftermarket choices a few occasions, however haven’t discovered one but. If you realize of a great one, please depart it within the feedback.
Clip aesthetics apart, this can be a really nice EDC knife. I’ve owned the 112 Slim Pro for greater than a yr and a half. As somebody who owns a lot of knives, that is unquestionably one in all my favorites. It’s most likely the knife that finds its means into my pocket on extra days than some other. It’s gentle, powerful, practical, and simply plain works.
I’d reasonably it had a special, easier clip. And if I needed to do it throughout acquire, it’d get the inexperienced micarta model. Because micarta. But for about $80, with this metal in a lightweight, US-made traditional design, EDC knives don’t get significantly better than this (in need of paying two to a few occasions as much).