The blade uses plain 420HC stainless steel,which in most applications is a so-so performer at best.After a heat treatment from industry legend Paul Bos, however, that ho-hum 420HC punches well above its weight and performs like a higher-priced supersteel with a hardness of HRC 58-60.If your needs require one-handed opening, there are aftermarket thumb studs that clamp onto the spine of the blade.In my opinion, however, this old cowboy works best in its original ‘single action’ mode like a Colt SAA.Few knives are as iconic as the Buck 110 Folding Hunter.Its design is so elegant and timeless that it seems like it’s been around forever, while still feeling contemporary at the same time.
Many newer clip-point designs, like this Cold Steel Mackinac Hunter, have strongly reinforced tips.
Opening The Buck 110’s blade has a right-handed nail nick for two-handed opening.
The nick is just large enough to catch with your right thumb, but this method of opening is awkward and a little unsafe unless you’ve got huge hands.
It there’s a weakness to the Buck 110’s blade design, it’s the thin and rather delicate tip.
There are a lot of old 110s out there that have been hand-ground down to 3.5″ after their tips snapped off.