The Pathfinder Club - Members Only!

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by TAH, May 31, 2018.

  1. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    This might end up being the shortest thread ever, but I don’t care. This club is exclusively for Buck 105 Pathfinder owners who want to pay homage to a great knife. I have been into knives since I was 8 years old. In 1975 (age 14), my father gave me my first real fixed blade knife – a Buck 105 Pathfinder. Throughout my life, I have bought, sold, and traded many, many knives including custom knives. For some reason, the Pathfinder is still my favorite sheath knife. As Buck states, it truly is, “a heavy duty, all-purpose knife for general outdoor use. Ideal for those who need a rugged knife.”

    Grading the Pathfinder’s performance:

    Battoning – F
    Chopping – F
    Prying – F
    Fighting – F C (per posts 10 & 18)
    Tacticool appearance – F

    General cutting – A+
    Slicing – A+
    Food prep – A+
    Whittling fuzzy sticks, hot dog sticks, tent stakes – A+
    Cleaning game and fish – A+
    Handle comfort – A+
    Timeless, classic appearance – A+

    Now members, let’s see your Pathfinders and hear your stories! :)

    Last edited: May 31, 2018
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  2. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Tah, I like your sheath. I have used a 105 on many outdoor trips and like it. Even used it on processing meat birds, trimming brisket cutting up vegetables and other items around the home. It works for all this.
    People should keep a couple around to try. DM
  3. pjsjr

    pjsjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Even though my favorite is the 118, a few 105s have found their way into my accumulation.:cool: Preston
  4. sportingspecialist


    Dec 11, 2014
    I just gave a 105 to my neighbor,who helped me to repair my Suburban.Since it was a big job I also gave him a NIB Leatherman Wave and very cool tactical flashlight.
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  5. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    pj, tell me about that top knife.
  6. sportingspecialist


    Dec 11, 2014
    Here are two of my favorites.

  7. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Okay, ss, tell me about that bottom one. Brass and Phenolic?
  8. sportingspecialist


    Dec 11, 2014

    Yes,it's the new Slimline version.
  9. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Not familiar with the Slimline series. What makes it slim and where can I find more information on this series?
  10. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    i have one.

    good solid knife and very useful for knife tasks.

    i wouldnt give it a f for fighting...more of a d.
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  11. skylercstevens

    skylercstevens Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 7, 2013
    I started collecting the old barrel nuts because I needed another hobby. Here’s one of them.
  12. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    I gave it an "F" for its small guard (little hand protection) and its non-threatening, wimpy appearance. :D
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  13. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
  14. sportingspecialist


    Dec 11, 2014
  15. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
  16. sportingspecialist


    Dec 11, 2014
    Not a problem brother.

    Thank you.
  17. DOGPOUND77

    DOGPOUND77 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    cool custom 105
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  18. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    Regarding the fighting grade. I cannot speak from personal experience, and probably wouldn't if I could, but I know someone who can. This isn't practical tactical, and I am not trying to make claims, but I have a friend who was a Scout Sniper, and he carried a vintage 105 during our recent conflicts. His uncle had carried that same 105 in Vietnam. They both seemed to think that the 105 was a very effective knife.

    The 105 certainly doesn't pop into my head immediately when I think of tacticlol mall ninja knives, but I felt like I should point out that I know of at least two people who would give the knife a good fighting grade. I hope to never be in a position to develop an opinion myself.
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  19. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Okay, I'll change its fighting grade to a "C". Anything higher is going to require extra credit work. :D
  20. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Back in the day, Buck used the 105 in their advertisements more than any other model. I think Buck saw it as a knife that would appeal to a wide range of sportsmen. :)


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