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Old 11-23-2021, 09:20 AM
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Iíve had the Buck Pathfinder since I was a kid in the early 1970s. Great knife. However, a fixed blade is too large to carry comfortably. A nice folding lock blade is handier. I have several Bucks and Pumas. I rarely carry any of them.

Give me a quality folding lock blade and Iím happy.
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Well, I am not saying that I wouldn't like a Buck 110 too! Have you seen the 110 Auto Elite?
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If you like the shape of your 119, but it's just that it's a little too big, the new 117 is a smaller version of it. (I have one, it's nice.)

As to the 102, the handle is considerably smaller than the rest of the lineup. Enough so that I just don't care much for it even though I like everything else about it.
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You might want to look into different sheath and mounting options for the 119. Look for something that rides higher or at a different angle.

I had the same problem while solo hiking. I was also concerned about weight. I tried a couple different 4 inch fixed blades. The weight difference was nominal. I realized an EDC folder fit the same bill even though the blade is smaller. I was carrying a redundant knife with no added benefit.

For me carrying a fixed blade in the back country is as much about insurance than anything else. I missed the length and heft of the 119 and switched back. I have it mounted on my day pack. It is accessible there and out of the way. It isn't to heavy. It isn't to light.

A small folder with 119 makes a good combo in my opinion. I usually carry a 371 or 373 in my pocket. I know from experience both are capable skinning small game. Chopping with them is an issue. The 119 can handle bigger tasks if I need to make a field expedient shelter or process heavier game.

My two cents. Your needs may be different.
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Old 12-22-2021, 01:25 PM
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I've had a few of those Bucks and especially liked the 116 but it somehow disappeared on one of my hunting trips. I still have the 102 but it resides in my pack when not in use. Years ago I got a couple 110 folders for safety awards at work and once I started using them I seldom use anything else. I do have a Buck Stockman as a pocket knife every day carry that gets used a lot, but for serious chores like cutting up deer, elk, bears, and camp duties the 110 gets almost all the work these days. A little big for carrying in the pocket, but fits well on the hip in the supplied sheath...

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