SHOT 2019: Buck Emphasizes EDC and Affordability

Buck brought plenty to look at to SHOT this year. We’ve already covered the massive renovation Buck implemented across its 110 and 112 lines, but on top of that there’s a new line of flippers to check out, while the new Pursuit line of affordable tools caters to outdoorsmen on a budget.

Sprint Series
In the back half of 2018, Buck showcased a growing awareness with modern knife trends, and they’re capitalizing on that with the Sprint series. These trendy knives bring a well-rounded feature list to bear: ball bearing flippers, liner locks, deep carry clips, and (best of all) multiple trim and steel options. Details vary from model to model but in general Sprint is a reasonably-sized EDC blade, with 3-inch blade that looks stylish but looks able to handle just about any everyday cutting chore.

Buck is bringing the Sprint to market in three different tiers. The Select models are entry level, with Buck’s usual 420HC steel and GFN handles. If you move up to the to the Pro models you get S30V steel and your choice of marbled carbon fiber or burlap Micarta for your scales. These variants also have a different blade shape, with the harpoon-style swedge removed and some aggressive, serration-like jimping added on top. Finally, the Sprint Ops Pro brings a third, every so slightly wharncliffe-ish blade but keeps the S30V steel, and adds a black blade coating. Its handle scales are made from blue/black G-10 but it utilizes the same liner lock mechanism as all the other Sprint models.

Nighthawk Hunter
The Nighthawk Hunter joins the two existing Nighthawk models, but comes with a different blade shape. It’s a massive 7.5 inch spear point, made from gray-coated 420HC steel. Like the other Nighthawks, the Hunter has a combination FRN and Dynaflex rubberized material handle.

Pursuit Series
Buck is not afraid to drop an entire series of knives at once, kicking off a new line with a full gamut of products – and they’ve done it again with the Pursuit models. Aimed to be an affordable all-purpose solution for outdoorsmen, the Pursuit line consists of six knives,divided into two groups of three, a fixed blade group and a folder group. The blade shapes are the same across both halves: large and small drop points, and a gut hook option. There’s about an inch difference in blade length from any given folder to its correlative fixed blade, with the largest two fixed blades, the large drop point and guthook, measuring 4.5 inches each. Blade steel across the board is 420HC and the handles are glass-filled nylon.

Knife in Featured image: Buck Knives Sprint Pro