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Forum Knife Updates and comments

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by eisman, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    If you're not happy, that's OK. Just keep it civil.
  2. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    Gee, I haven't even got an email yet....:(

    I hope you guys that get 'em work out all the issues. I suggest a bigger hammer and a jeweler's loop! Brute force and ignorance should cure all ills.:rolleyes:

    Well, maybe the loop is extreme.:eek:
  3. hengem


    Jun 17, 2008
    @Buzzbait Looks to me like you received something not quite up to our standards.
    If you would like you can send it back in to Buck to my attention and I can get it replaced for you.

    Just for general information on the edge thickness, these blades are spec'd to finish the fabrication process at .020"-.025"
    I just measured one on my desk and its right at .020" either one made it out with a thicker grind, or the operator that edged the knife took a little too much off when profiling.

    As for the Elk, it is a natural product. We do our best to get the most character, while also matching side to side.


    Caleb Cooper
    Special Projects, Project Manager
    Buck Knives
  4. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    That's good to hear. Thanks
  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I received the 2018 Forum knife today and snapped a couple pictures. Both sides. I'm comfortable with this knife.
    DSC03639edA.jpg DSC03642edB.jpg
    The color on the elk is closer than it looks on the photos. The scales definitely have character! No 2 photo is probably the most realistic rendition of color with my eyes.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
    FLymon, LizaMari, Modoc ED and 33 others like this.
  6. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
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  7. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001

    Thank you, Caleb. I very much appreciate both the offer and the information you provided.
    sunnyd, afishhunter, meako and 3 others like this.
  8. rdrogers

    rdrogers Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    Mine was just delivered and I couldn’t be happier with it. The elk is what I expected from buck. The pull is about like a Victorinox SAK, with good snap, which I like. No gaps in the springs/liners. 10 passes on the strop and it slices phone book paper and shaves hair.
    Into the pocket it goes!

    A big thank you to all involved in making these happen.
    FLymon, sitflyer, sunnyd and 16 others like this.
  9. Don W

    Don W Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I just took delivery of my forum knife. It is nice. Pretty good match on the Elk. Nice fit and finish. Sharp enough to shave arm hair easily. I didnt vote for Elk or long pulls, but I am pleased with how this turned out. SK Blades did a great service handling the entire process.
    FLymon, sunnyd, afishhunter and 7 others like this.
  10. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Doesn't get any better than that. One of the best reasons we went with Buck.
  11. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    That's exactly as it should be, respect Buck!
  12. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Caleb, We rarely see a manufacturer post in this forum. It's a breath of fresh air. Thanks for taking the time!
    FLymon, Modoc ED, sunnyd and 20 others like this.
  13. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I agree. It was very nice of you Caleb to post here as the knives start to find new homes and you start seeing different reactions. This is my very first Buck folder other than a 110. I'm fairly impressed. There are little things like the spring evenness, but I could care less about that.

    The snap is about a 3 on the main blade and 4 on the small blade on mine. It is enough, but I tend to like a bit heavier snap overall. Feels about like the Canal Street forum knife in terms of snap.
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  14. VashHash


    Aug 11, 2009
    I won't lie and say it's a perfect example or anything like that. I didn't buy this knife to put in a collection. I bought it to put in my pocket. Buck does CPM154 excellently and not many companies are making a knife like this. All that said i feel for a production knife my sample is acceptable It has a good snap opening and closing and it looks great to me. Sure it doesn't look like one solid piece of steel on the back like some customs do. It's also not as bad as buzzbait's example. It's a middle ground. I can see it was finished by hand. I think the nail nicks were milled instead of stamped which is fine by me. It's a really great piece in my opinion. The price point was fantastic too. SK and buck have been doing some great work together and this forum knife is part of that. I'm happy with my knife and I hope many others will be too. I'll post some pictures later these are just my initial thoughts.

    Thanks SK and bladeforums.
    dc50, FLymon, sunnyd and 4 others like this.
  15. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    I got mine today. Happy with the scales, minimal gap.

    The one issue, and it is pretty significant, is the nail nick/pull on the main blade is so shallow/rounded that it will not catch a fingernail. Only way I can open it, is to open the sheepfoot first, then pinch the main open.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
  16. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I'm very happy with mine.

    I'm not much of a fan of most blade etches but I just think this one is the bee's knees. I didn't see this coming and it's very, very cool.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
    biglmbass, Lostball, zolthar and 28 others like this.
  17. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Like the elk on yous grunt.
    Christiantrevor and gruntmedik like this.
  18. Amir Fleschwund

    Amir Fleschwund Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Just not peened down tight, imo.
  19. drj211

    drj211 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Both of mine are good to go. Matched scales and no gaps. None of the issues previously mentioned. Spring tension is about a 4 or so, and both have a good snap when closed.
    TFBraden, Lostball, zolthar and 20 others like this.
  20. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Myself, think looks like very nice examples indeed :cool:

    Regards, Will
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