Buck Brings out New Heavy Duty Fixed Blades

Buck Knives has debuted a new project for 2020: the Ground Combat Knife series. These fixed blade releases target those in high stress scenarios and come with the materials and design to match. In addition to the GCK series, Buck is bringing out the hard use Talon fixed blade and a limited variant to the 100 Slim collection.

Ground Combat Knife

The Ground Combat Knife’s name leaves little to the imagination: it caters to those in dangerous military situations. The GCK comes with a 5.5-inch blade, available in either a drop point or tanto shape. Either way, users get a slender, linear blade consisting mostly of straight edge. The blade steel for both version is 5160 carbon, a suitably rugged choice that can absorb impact handily and maintain an edge for a good length of time.

The GCK’s handle is as linear as its blade: hard lines fill things out towards the pommel while a deep choil and finger guard have been implemented just below the blade. Both blade shapes of the GCK are available with either beige Micarta or black G-10 handle scales; the blades themselves are given a color-coordinated blade coating. A polypropylene sheath is provided for the 9.9 oz. GCK.


While not part of the same series, the Talon features the same materials as the GCK: 5160 steel and either G-10 or Micarta scales. Also a hard use fixed blade, it focuses more on the survival/outdoors arenas in terms of design. The Talon’s striking blade blends hawkbill and kukri characteristics on a large, 10-inch scale. It is further enhanced by the classic survival knife tropes of a a partially serrated edge and saw-tooth spine. A blunt portion of towards the tip makes batoning easier, and four holes cut into the ricasso provide lashing points for various outdoor/survival applications.

In counterpoint to the technical, ambitious blade design, Buck kept things dead simple for the Talon’s handle: it is a classic outdoors knife shape, with gentle, hand-filling curves and full tang construction. The Talon weighs 23 oz. and comes with a polypropylene sheath.

Buck 110 Slim CF

The Legacy Collection of limited run, collectible Buck knives is growing in 2020. One inbound Legacy knife is the Buck 110 Slim CF, which takes the modernized 110 Slim model and gives it carbon fiber handle scales and S35VN steel. The switch to carbon fiber helps shave off nearly half an ounce compared to the Micarta-handled Slim Pro. This run will be limited to just 500 pieces.

Knife in Featured Image: Buck GCK