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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
    I want that knife.

    ETD: skyler, thanks for posting this photo. That knife is beyond awesome. Would you mind sharing how you acquired it?
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019
  2. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    I also want everyone to vote on what year they think the "Pathfinder" was introduced or risk being removed from the Christmas card list. :p
     
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  3. caine

    caine

    Nov 9, 2003
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
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  4. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    I believe the Pathfinder as we now know it was first commercially made in 1961 when Buck first incorporated and no longer made knives from files. My favorites are the one and two liners as the grind is more gracefully curved.
     
  5. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Welcome to the club, caine! :)


    Pathfinder Club List of Members:

    Hoyt Buck - Honorary Chair
    TAH - Founder, President, and all-round Pathfinder enthusiast, who is taking this club a little too seriously. :D

    David Martin
    pjsjr
    sportingspecialist
    jbmonkey
    skylercstevens
    DOGPOUND77
    MT_Pokt
    sassafrassdogs3
    imafritz
    Old Hunter
    DeSotoSky
    Haebbie
    kyhunt
    iamjethro
    Wicked Sharp
    BuckShack
    Luke73
    C roddy
    The Fort
    gunstockjack
    caine
    eveled

    Members: 24
    Pending: 0
    Membership goal: 105
    ;)
     
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  6. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    On my mid 70s Pathfinder, the Micarta spacers are dark burgundy in color. Looking at caine's new Pathfinder, did Buck switch to a different color of Micarta or is it just the lighting?

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. pjsjr

    pjsjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Tom, just IMHO, Buck and vendors change things up over the years, change is inevitable. So I'm thinking it's just the nature of things. HTH. Preston
     
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  8. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Makes sense, Preston. Thanks!
     
  9. caine

    caine

    Nov 9, 2003
    Look like natural micarta
     
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  10. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    Before and after 1972:

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  11. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Is the spacer material on the top one leather, fiber, or Micarta?
     
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  12. Haebbie

    Haebbie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    The change from bone hard fiber to micarta was in the time of the two line stamp between 1968 and 1970. So the spacers can be made of fiber or micarta. But for me it looks like bone hard fiber.

    Haebbie
     
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  13. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Were they ever leather?
     
  14. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    Looks to be fiber to me.
     
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  15. sassafrassdogs3

    sassafrassdogs3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    The real early ones had leather I do believe...
     
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  16. Haebbie

    Haebbie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    Yes, TAH, as Sassa stated: Buck used leather in the early sixties.

    Haebbie

    Here’s a leather spacer 105
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    Last edited: Jan 27, 2019
  17. Hornbill

    Hornbill

    6
    Jan 3, 2019
    I just started a Buck 100 series collection, and my first Buck is the Pathfinder. I’ve since picked up a Woodsman, and while it’s a nice knife I’m already favoring the Pathfinder. It just fits my hand better and I like the weight.

    I have family in North Idaho. It’s nice to support a great company from that area.
     
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  18. pjsjr

    pjsjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Welcome Hornbill, we like pictures! The 100 series is a great group of knives. I can tell you are suffering from Buck fever already. Preston
     
  19. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Welcome to BladeForums and the Pathfinder Club, Hornbill! It's hard to beat the Pathfinder for general use, but give the Woodsman a chance. My adult son loves his 102 for backpacking. :thumbsup:

    Pathfinder Club List of Members:

    Hoyt Buck - Honorary Chair
    TAH - Founder, President, and all-round Pathfinder enthusiast, who is taking this club a little too seriously. :D

    David Martin
    pjsjr
    sportingspecialist
    jbmonkey
    skylercstevens
    DOGPOUND77
    MT_Pokt
    sassafrassdogs3
    imafritz
    Old Hunter
    DeSotoSky
    Haebbie
    kyhunt
    iamjethro
    Wicked Sharp
    BuckShack
    Luke73
    C roddy
    The Fort
    gunstockjack
    caine
    eveled
    Hornbill

    Members: 25
    Pending: 0
    Membership goal: 105
    ;)
     
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  20. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Since, we had a lousy turnout at the poles - must be the cold weather :D - I have decided to go with my original idea...


    BUCK 105 PATHFINDER
    [​IMG]
    "Finding Paths Since 1961"


    I went with 1961 because it was the year Buck incorporated and the Pathfinder took form to what most people would recognize today. Add some vintage Buck artwork and that's that. Now I just need to find a t-shirt maker who will make just one shirt. :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
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