Buck Outfits Classic 110 with Bos Heat Treat S30V

Buck just added another 110 Folding Hunter to their lineup, and it’s packing an important upgrade: S30V steel with a Paul Bos heat treat instead of 420HC.

Everyone knows the Buck 110 – it’s the kind of blade that even non-knife people can identify on sight. And while there are many positive elements to the design, if modern knife nerds had their druthers, most would probably swap in a different steel for the 420HC on the standard 110. While on Buck knives even this entry-level steel benefits from metallurgist Paul Bos’s heat treat, as a relatively simple stainless 420HC is still limited compared to newer, fancier formulations.

Of course, the presence of a nicer steel does still increase the price. The S30V 110 comes with an MSRP of $100, compared to the $55 for the 420HC model. And you could get S30V on a 110 before now, but you had to either go through the customization shop or hunt down one of the special editions that featured the steel. But by maintaining all the materials and dimensions of the stock, entry-level model, this particular release is the least expensive way to get S30V on your 110.

As the ambassador for powder metallurgy blade steel, S30V’s attributes are almost as well-known as the 110’s; it’s simply an all-around reliable performer. But again, the Paul Bos heat treat that’s been applied here should bring out its absolute best characteristics.

Buck consistently tweaks, improves, or otherwise expands the 110 line. Last year they partnered with Taylor Guitars to source ethically-produced ebony wood for the knife’s covers; and in 2018 there was a more radical departure in the form of the Slim series, which reimagined the 110 with some more modern design elements.

The S30V 110 is available now.

Featured Image: Buck 110 Folding Hunter in S30V

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