112 Ranger Joins the Buck Auto Knife Lineup

Buck has outfitted another classic folder with automatic action: the Buck 112 Ranger. The 112 Auto comes in two different configurations and offers users a more EDC-friendly package than its predecessor, the 110 Auto.

A button-style deployment like that on the 110 Auto makes a return on the 112. Users kick out the blade with a press of this button, but disengage the lock by pressing on the exposed spring at the other end of the knife, just like on the manual version. Buck will be offering the 112 Auto in two different configurations. The standard model hits a lower price point and sports Macassar Ebony Dymondwood scales and 420HC blade. For a higher-performance option the 112 Auto Elite will be the go-to choice. Nickel silver bolsters and G-10 scales give it a more contemporary look, and the blade steel has been bumped up to S30V. The Elite weighs half an ounce more than the standard 112 Auto: 6.1 oz. compared to 5.6 oz.

Buck’s most representative success is their iconic 110 Folding Hunter. The knife was a smash hit and is a strong seller to this day. The success of the 110 lead to the release of several similarly-styled knives, and in 1972 the 112 Ranger made its debut. Many people did – and do – EDC the 110, but the 112 offered the same attractive looks and high utility in a smaller overall package.

The 112 Auto doesn’t mess with success, retaining the overall dimensions of its manual, two-hand-opening forebearer. It has a 3-inch California clip point blade and a bow-shaped, gently arching handle. Compared to 110, the 112 has a more flared-out finger guard to keep users’ hands in place during use. The knife’s name – Ranger – conjures up images of long treks through the wilderness, but it should function as a viable EDC for anybody who likes the style of the classic “Buck knife.” Like its bigger brother, the 112 comes with a leather belt sheath for carry.

The Buck 110 Auto has been a breakout success for Buck, breathing fresh life into a classic design and making it appeal to a whole new segment of customers. The 112 Auto could follow suit, and is the only way to get your hands on a one-hand-deploying version of the popular EDC knife unless you start looking into aftermarket add-ons and modifications.

Knife featured in image: Buck 112 Auto