Buck Model 119 Special Survival Knife Review
This is my prepper Buck Model 119 Special Survival Knife review. One of my favorite parts of being a prepper is reviewing survival knives. I have the Buck 119 Special survival knife on my best fixed blade knives list because this thing is durable, tested, made in the USA and a pleasure to hold. The Buck Model 119 could serve as your lone survival knife for a bug out bag, for camping essentials or even for the avid hunter.
Buck Model 119 Special Survival Knife review
Buck Knives are one of the most popular fixed blade knives for survivalist, hunters, campers, and preppers. The company was founded by Hoyt Buck back in 1902. Hoyt made all his knives from hand using raw materials. Buck Knives no longer has to make their knives by hand, but suffice to say, holding any of their survival knives gives the impression that detailed craftsmanship and focus went into making them.
Buck Knives guarantee their knives with a lifetime manufacturer warranty. They guarantee their knives will not experience defects or faulty design or chips or breaks throughout the life of the knife. In terms of knife warranties, Buck Knives leads the industry with their guarantee and it is a big reason a lot of people choose their products. They exude confidence.
Buck Knives is a 100% USA company. If you support America, and I know that you do, this is a great incentive for purchasing one of their knives.
The process by which Buck Knives achieves their high-quality steel experience is rather unique. Buck Knives uses 420 HC steel on all of their knives. Additionally, they heat the steel, freeze the steel and then reheat the steel. This process creates a higher-quality steel experience that lends itself to corrosion defense and gives Buck Knives the ability to hold a superior edge. The treatment is specific to a man named Paul Bos who works out of the Buck Knives production factory. Bos won the 2007 Blade Magazine Industry Achievement Award. The guy knows his stuff, which is why Buck Knives has him on location at their factory.
Buck Model 119 Special Survival Knife Specifications
- Weight: 7.5 oz.
- Steel: 420 HC
- Overall length: 10.5 inches
- Thickness: .175
- Handle/Grip: A phenolic grip with aluminum pommel guard
- Blade length: 6 inches
Notes: The weight and length of the Buck Model 119 Special is exemplary. That’s a decently long blade at a lighter weight. And considering the high quality retreated steel, this knife is truly a pleasure to handle. It comes with a leather sheath. This is also a full tang survival knife.
Buck Model 119 Blade
The blade comes out of the box sharp. As mentioned, the retreated steel helps protect the blade from corrosion and also gives it an advantage when it comes to holding an edge. You can sharpen it if you are experienced in sharpening knives that are this out of box sharp, that’s up to you. It is a darn perfect blade. When I received mine, it was super sharp out of the box and it would have taken some effort to sharpen it more, but some consumers mention they felt it was not as sharp as legend has it. So, in the end, you may not share my sentiment. It is possible some orders just aren’t as sharp. It really isn’t a deal breaker in the end.
Buck Model 119 Handle
This thing feels like a dream to hold, largely because the Buck Model 119 handle has these palm swells that cause the grip to feel tight. The handle utilizes an aluminum pommel guard as well. Because the knife is full tang, it allows you to pummel into rocks, dirt, trees, furniture, anything, really.
Buck Model 119 Sheath
I rarely add survival knife sheaths to my review sections because I really don’t think it should add much to someone’s reason for purchase or pass, but the Buck Model 119 sheath is spectacular. Made from leather, it is compact and fits nicely on the belt. You won’t be disappointed in the slightest. Typically, I end up making my own sheath. In the case of the Buck Model 119, that was not the case.
This is a high-quality knife experience. This Buck Model 119 Special Survival Knife review passes all the tests. It is made in the USA. Buck Knives has a history of quality and durability and their lifetime warranty is a testament to their confidence. The blade is incredibly sharp and holds a superior edge. I put this in my best fixed blade survival knives.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.