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Would you buy a Chinese-made Buck?

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by Etna, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I'm not crazy about Buck knives being made in China but I do have this Graduate model. Bought it when I had an urge to buy a knife but didn't want to spend a lot. I haven't used it so I can't comment on the steel. I can't even remember what the steel is without looking it up but the construction is good with solid lockup and a centered blade.

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  2. garddogg56

    garddogg56

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    Jan 9, 2012
    Would you ?NO...Why ? PRIDE..........
     
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  3. gunspease

    gunspease Gold Member Gold Member

    280
    Nov 9, 2002
    Nope I won’t buy any knife not made in the USA. I try to support local workers
     
  4. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    958
    Feb 20, 2018
    Sure! China has proven over and over again that its entirely capable of making knives on the same level, and far above the quality of a lot of American made knives.
     
  5. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    Not really.
     
  6. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    958
    Feb 20, 2018
    You're welcome to check out Reate and WE and Kizer.
     
  7. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    I have and been left wanting. Besides were talking about Chinese line of Buck knives.
     
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  8. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    A Chinese knife just isn't my cup of tea, I'll support us manufacturing, they support our knife rights,
     
  9. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    You're welcome to your opinion and i'm welcome to mine. But i have to assume you havent handled a WE knife, as all of mine have been absolutely perfect. And i believe theyre packed up right now, but im fairly sure i own a few chinese bucks, and they're also solid.

    Dont let demographic limit your hobbies.
     
  10. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    I have handled quite a few of them at Blade in Portland. I did not see what the attraction was. I also noticed they didn't have any more consumers at their booth than any other company there. I choose not to support a communist country. I have hundred of Knives and like I said I support the ones who support our hobby. In our appreciation of knives most of the people in the forums love knives. But our buying decisions amount to a gnats ass compared to the general public buying habits. The box stores, hardware stores, etc.
     
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  11. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    Good Made in the USA Buck knives.
    Off to bed:thumbsup:
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  12. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Personally, I would buy a lesser quality US made knife, over a higher quality Chinese made knife. No disrespect meant to the Chinese people. I love their food. :)
     
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  13. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Capable is one thing. Quality can be made anywhere. Are the Chinese making quality on the level or above a lot of us manufacturers? No. The vast majority of Chinese knives aren't even close to American quality.

    And as for buck, no I will not buy a Chinese variant because I can get us quality for not much more.
     
  14. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six

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    Jan 26, 2015
    Quality is a function of management expertise, professional specifications and expert supervision. That's why Apple, JET and Grizzly get excellent products from China and Taiwan while companies like Harbor Freight are best avoided.

    After a career as a general contractor, buying and using all levels of equipment from hammers to D-8s, I prefer equipment from known brand names made overseas.

    Top quality without the Entitled American surcharge.

    The best thing the world can do for American labor and manufacturing is merciless, unfair, cutthroat competition. Grow the teeth and claws to win a completely unfair, ruthless competition on a heavily tilted playing field or go home. Do it faster, better, earlier for longer at a lower price or have a seat.

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  15. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    Maybe they can build a house or a mall cheaper. Just think of all of the free time you'll have.....
     
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  16. sportingspecialist

    sportingspecialist

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    Dec 11, 2014
    No.
     
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  17. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    A lot of the big companies, ones I mentioned and others, are easily on the same level as just about anything comparable, no matter what country.

    Now obviously if by vast majority, you mean gas station knives, then sure. But most of us dont usually count those as knives.
     
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  18. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    Im not saying anyone builds a better knife than the other. I also didnt roll in here saying the opposite. I wont buy a China made knife. My preference.

    I dont think he was talking about just gas station knives. Bad chinese kives are everywhere. Waaaaaay more of those floating around than what comes from the brands you mentioned. Those are barely found in a brick and mortar store. Being a knife enthusiast website your gonna see knives here you dont see anywhere. But its less than 1% of the market. Means nothing.

    A Buck 110 for 34.95 with a leather sheath. I dont think that can be beat. Made in the USA, Take the 12 dollars off due to the made in the usa sheath and youve got a knife that runs 22.95. I would say the 110 is better built for the money than any import I can think of. Plus 50 plus years of sales. I dont know if other brands can stay in business that long besides a model running that long.15 million sold and counting. Thats just one model.
    Doesnt even include some of the classics, 103,119,124 plus all of the folders Buck makes.

    Buck averages a million knives a year out of Post Falls. Pretty good numbers.


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  19. sassafrassdogs3

    sassafrassdogs3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    Plus the "Forever Warranty"....

    I don't even buy Chinese underwear, why would I buy something that may save my life?
     
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  20. Makael

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

    Oct 17, 2015
    The Chinese refuse to make your underwear. Its against international policy.:eek:
     
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