My collection already included 4 Buck 110's, but...

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  1. PocketKnifeJimmy


    Aug 4, 2013
    Well, sure, I already had four Buck 110's in my collection, but... They go and start making them again with Ebony wood scales! I walked by the knives in the store and saw the word "Ebony" on the package, and just had to pick one up from the display to take a peek.
    I said to myself, "You already have some Buck 110's representing in your collection, so you need this like you need another hole in the head!"
    So, I placed it back and walked away... Well, that lasted for about ten minutes, since my mind kept thinking how cool it was to see that the Buck 110 is again sporting Ebony scales. And, at the price that Buck allows a model 110 to sell for, it was like... "Ah, why the heck not!" ;)

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  2. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    great knife. you'll enjoy. the ebony so far has been excellent.
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  3. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Yep it happens, just a short year ago I had two 110s. A Damascus stag and a Alaskan guide 110. Now I have 8, 110s in various materials and models. I don’t have an ebony one yet but this year ain’t over
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  4. kossetx

    kossetx Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2017
    "Why the heck not"...ditto!
  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    A real looker for sure, now take one of the other 110's you already had and put it on your belt.
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  6. PocketKnifeJimmy


    Aug 4, 2013
    The look of real Ebony may be subtle, but it does give it that extra touch of old school class.
    That said, I cleaned up an older Buck 110 knife for a friend, and that diamondwood/pakkawood/laminated wood, or whatever else it has gone by, was pretty easy to lightly sand up and polish again. And, it always looked pretty convincingly like plain ole solid wood, (close enough for my eyes to appreciate).
    Although the real Ebony is the more classy material, I got to say, the laminated wood scales were as tough as nails. I would think that the solid Ebony, (although more beautiful, imo), will be losing out to the former laminated wood on the durability level.
    As you all already know, Buck sure has done a great job at keeping their Buck 110 affordable, while keeping it one classy looking and well made knife... High kudos to the Buck firm! :)
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  7. 308Hunter


    Jul 2, 2019
    After getting my Ebony 110 I simply have to have another. It will make me feel better about carrying one.
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  8. Dfunk1210


    Apr 7, 2015
    You can’t have too many 110’s. Sooner or later, there will be another reason to pick up another.
  9. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    The 110 is like Lay's Tater chips. One ain't enough.
  10. GPyro

    GPyro Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2019
    I gifted my Fg ebony 110 recently to a good friend.... So I'm sure I'll replace it. It's too nice to keep to yourself, and far to nice to do without.
    I'm happy to share it and turn one more person on to the experience of owning an hierloom quality knife.
    It's more fun than owning it!

    Yeah I took a pic of it first.
    I can replace the knife easily, but the friendship is priceless.
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  11. PocketKnifeJimmy


    Aug 4, 2013
    I was thinking to myself about this new venture Buck has taken in buying Ebony again for their knives. My thought is that the Ebony wood offered by Crelicam, while maybe not processed in huge chunks, are usually big enough to at least be able to make their components for instruments, (like on Taylor's own guitars). That said, there's likely a certain amount of waste after these pieces of wood have been cut down for making their musical instrument components. The waste is not because remaining wood is bad, but because the left over pieces are oftenly too small for them to do much else with them.
    Now, put in Buck's knife company, and these small left over pieces can become a viable material/commodity again. Why?... Because Buck doesn't require large pieces to make their knife scales, and so Crelicam's/Taylor's left over pieces can then become Buck's nice Ebony knife handle scales :)
    All this is just my guess, but I would think that it simply made for a win/win situation for Crelicam and Buck to help each other out. Taylor Guitar, which owns part of the Crelicam wood operations, gets to sell left over Ebony pieces that are usually to small for much of anything else, to a company like Buck Knives that small pieces of wood are workable for. Instead of waste, the left over pieces gets sold to Buck at likely a much reduced rate over bigger pieces of the Ebony, but is still profitable for Taylor/Crelicam, and affordable for Buck to use on their affordably priced basic knives... A win/win situation! :)
    All just my speculation, but seems plausible enough to be the situation at hand :)
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  12. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Well put. Buck and Taylor both deserve a pat on the back.:thumbsup:
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  13. PocketKnifeJimmy


    Aug 4, 2013
    I was perusing youtube for some more info on the whole Buck company transition back to Ebony wood, and ran across this video. They actually do mention that the new Ebony scales are pieces that are too small to do anything with by Taylor Guitars, and purchased by Buck for their knives. So, it seems that my guess hit the nail right on the head :)

  14. Brhowser87

    Brhowser87 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 3, 2016
    Great way to put it. I guess Taylor doesn't have to charge an arm and a leg cause it's waste anyway. Therefore it's cheap enough to not have to raise the price on the knives. When this first came about I thought there was gonna be a price jump and wondered how they kept it affordable. Thanks for posting.
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  15. PocketKnifeJimmy


    Aug 4, 2013
    I found the following video online, and it simply left me in awe.
    The Crelicam Ebony story is downright amazing!
    The musical world seems to have been the first large group of people to be informed about it, but now, thanks to Buck's partnership with Crelicam/Taylor, another large group will learn more of this great project. All really great stuff here!

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  16. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Well said.

    I was wondering if the streaked ebony so desirable for knives is less desired for instruments. Too. It does indeed seem to be a match made in heaven for all involved.

    I always knew Macassar Ebony was special for its rot resistance. But never thought it was pretty.

    On these flat knives the diamond wood is harder to spot. I bought a Buck 110 and never realized it was a laminate until I read about it here.

    In fact I remember thinking how pretty it was compared to my two old ugly black ones. Lol.
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  17. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I have to say that I kind of find the ebony 110's a bit plain looking compared to the diamondwood of my 110.
    The surface of the ebony feels a bit better compared to the resin surface of the diamondwood though.
  18. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Plus no worries about stuff soaking into the diamond wood. I don’t think my first two started off as dark as they are now. Probably motor oil grease fish rabbit deer and my blood all soaked in there. Lol.

    I said it in a different thread recently. The diamond wood is a premium handle material. It just needs to be advertised as what it is. People are let down when they buy Oak then find out it’s a laminate of birch wood. It’s also a little heavy.

    It’s definitely NOT plywood, I think of diamond wood as wood micarta.
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  19. st8yd

    st8yd Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2009
    Agree the plain black wood doesnt do anything for me but those with the color variation look good.
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  20. st8yd

    st8yd Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2009
    Ya the diamond wood is good product just needs to be labled better such as "oak colored diamondwood or walnut colored diamondwood"
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