Buck Knives has revealed its suite of 2021 releases today. The spread is a generous one, with major line expansions, the return of the Shift bolster lock mechanism, and brand new EDC blades on offer.
The Paradigm is Back
Buck is bringing back the Paradigm model in 2021, in both automatic and assisted configurations. These spiffed up Paradigms have a new color scheme and S35VN blade steel, but the design itself remains largely the same. That means the Shift mechanism for a lock: to open or close the Paradigm, users push up on the bolster to flip out, fire, or fold the blade accordingly.
The Budgie is the only totally new US-made folder from Buck this year. A stubby 2-inch drop point makes the Budgie legal in lots of locales, and a breeze to carry; an opening hole gives it ambidextrous deployment, and S35VN blade steel means you’ll get plenty of use between sharpenings. The Budgie weighs just 2.1 ounces and has a money clip-style clip.
The budget-focused end of Buck’s catalog benefits from a big infusion of blades this year, with five models sporting MSRPS below $50. First up is the Langford, which has an all-purpose, EDC-ready 3.38-inch drop point blade made from 7Cr steel and opened with a flipper.
Buck is breaking into the cleaver category with the Trunk, which takes the trendy blade shape in an EDC-friendly direction. Just under 3 inches long, it opens with either a flipper or a thumb stud. You can get the Trunk in tan or black G-10 scales, which are laid over a steel frame and liner lock.
Like its stablemates above, the Odessa is an EDC-spec’d flipper knife, but with a stainless steel frame lock instead of a liner lock. A blade length of 3.13 inches lets the Odessa slot nicely between the Trunk and Langford in terms of cutting edge.
The slim, gentleman-ish Decatur brings a bit more blade length to the table than you might expect, with a full 3.5 inches at its disposal. The same steel choice and flipper deployment we see on its peers are carried over. You can have the Decatur in black G-10, or opt for the slicker Guibourtia ehie wood scales.
The Haxby is the biggest of the new folders; its blade runs all the way to 3.88 inches. Once again the shape is a drop point, and once again it’s made from 7Cr steel – but the Haxby’s handle comes capped with carbon fiber top scales.
More Fixed Blades Get Pro Models
Five existing Buck fixed blades – the 120 General, 119 Special, 105 Pathfinder, 103 Skinner, and 102 Woodsman – are getting Pro material options. In this case that means green canvas Micarta scales and S35VN blade steel (enhanced, as usual with Buck, by a Paul Bos heat treat).
The 200 series knives are available now, but the new fixed blades, the Budgie, and the pair of Paradigms won’t be on shelves until March.
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