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New Buck 55, I think with real walnut scales

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by guitar1580, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. guitar1580

    guitar1580

    198
    Nov 5, 2012
    I called Cabelas yesterday since I was going to be in the area, to see if they had the 55. The guy walked around and looked, and said no they don't carry that one. So later on, I thought I'd go in and look around, and what did I see - a shiny new 55 hanging on the peg, the last one.

    Last week some of us were talking about the solid ebony scales compared to the laminated ones. I think I saw somewhere that the 55 has walnut. We know that some of the cherrywood, rosewood, etc. may be just the color of the stained dymondwood, but I think this 55 could be real walnut.

    Looking at some older threads, I do see 55 examples with the horizontal lamination lines on the edge of the scales, but this one I just got is solid wood, with no glue lines. It looked a little dry, so I put some lemon furniture conditioner that I use on guitar necks on it, and it soaked in and added a nice sheen the way it does on the guitar fretboard. I don't believe it would soak into the hard finish of the laminated dymondwood handles.

    Anyway, it looks like walnut to me. Wood guys, lemme know what you think. The two sides don't match, which I don't mind that since you can't see both sides at the same time. Really, the unmatched pieces are another reason I think they're real wood. I like it a lot. If anyone knows what wood is used for the 55, please let me know. Or let me know what your 55 has, and its age. Maybe someone from Buck will let us know.

    JT

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  2. garddogg56

    garddogg56

    350
    Jan 9, 2012
    Nice,love them 55s great in the watch pocket.
     
  3. sassafrassdogs3

    sassafrassdogs3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    Looks like Walnut to me...The blade looks like it's stonewashed also, so maybe a special run of some sort? I'm no expert though...
     
  4. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Nice knife for sure.
     
  5. BuckShack

    BuckShack Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    Mine is real walnut.
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  6. st8yd

    st8yd Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2009
    It is walnut, probably not diamond wood as buckshaks isnt. But u should have posted pic of the edge.
     
  7. guitar1580

    guitar1580

    198
    Nov 5, 2012
    Thanks BuckShack, that's a great photo comparison to the 503. I missed your response earlier. Your 55 looks a lot like mine. You can tell they're real wood.

    St8, I didn't get the edge pic, but I checked it with a magnifying glass and there are no glue lines.

    I wouldn't mind seeing more walnut on the larger 112 and 110. I'm sure there are some walnut special editions.

    JT
     
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  8. BuckShack

    BuckShack Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    I would love to see real walnut on other knives. It a great looking wood. I don't believe even the custom shop is real walnut (correct me if I'm wrong someone). It should be.
     
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  9. WolfyW

    WolfyW

    112
    Oct 28, 2017
    Walnut. Just picked up my first one this week. Love it ! It was a store demo for less than half price. Wiped it down with a damp cloth and the smell of fresh cut walnut hit me. Rubbed the tarnish off with just a paper towel and, like you, oiled that dried out wood. Wish I'd discovered the 55 sooner.

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  10. kossetx

    kossetx

    820
    Apr 11, 2017
    it's not unheard of. in 2015 all 113's were solid walnut tmk.
     
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  11. WolfyW

    WolfyW

    112
    Oct 28, 2017
    Did Buck discontinue these ? I'm in Canada. Seems the stores here are selling them off. Found another 2 stores with 1 left each at less than half price. May grab one more if it doesn't disrupt domestic harmony. But....I don't own a a buck stockman yet. 303 maybe ?
     
  12. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Like a mini 111 instead of a mini 110
     
  13. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    20190419_202623.jpg 20190419_202648.jpg My sheath model 55.
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  14. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
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  15. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    20181215_193231-2241x3984.jpg 20180521_193054-1494x2656.jpg I'm not sure what type of wood mine is, but it I like it.
     
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  16. WolfyW

    WolfyW

    112
    Oct 28, 2017
  17. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Picked up 2nd hand broken. Been holding on to it as a pattern for a leatber pocket sheath.
     
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  18. BuckShack

    BuckShack Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    It might not be too hard to turn the bottom end of that blade into a bottle opener. That would be cool!
     
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  19. Corso

    Corso

    882
    Aug 16, 2007
    Love the 55. Can't carry one due to local laws. I wish they made a slippie like my 704. Thats never out of my pocket.
     
  20. st8yd

    st8yd Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2009
    Where is this you cannot carry a 55?
     

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