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Old 11-20-2021, 10:07 AM
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Ive been camping and carrying my Buck 119 (6 blade) for a while now. I have come to realize that it is rather large for the uses I subject it to. Mostly camp duty and carrying while hiking in the woods. It is long and the sheath tip hangs low and gets in the way when I sit down or fall asleep in my sleeping bag at night. My dad always used a huge Buck General 120 (7 3/8 blade) and the fond memories of that turned me into a Buck man. So, I am looking for a shorter bladed Buck, like the 103 Skinner (4 blade), 102 Woodsman (4 blade), or the 105 Pathfinder (5 blade). Do any of you fellow outdoorsmen have any experience with these? Once I decide Ill look for an older used one, since I like the old-style leather sheath that wraps over the handle for added protection. Many thanks in advance for your recommendations.
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Been carrying a 103 Skinner as my main knife for 40+years.
Great knife but not for delicate tasks.
Swiss Army Tinker handles the lighter stuff.
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The Skinner 103 is, as its name suggests, for skinning.

Not for all purpose use.

The 105 is not much shorter than your 119 and the 102 is great for cleaning trout and small game, but has a very small handle and is perhaps too small to qualify as a general use knife.

I'd recommend the 118 Personal. It has a good sized handle and a sturdy 4.5 inch blade.
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I've used all three you listed....

my favorite is the 102. Mainly used it for field dressing deer.

For hiking or camping the 110 would be a good choice.

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The Buck 102 Woodsman is a smaller version of the Buck 119/120 full sized knives. It's more a bird and trout sized knife. If you like your 119 take a look at the model 102. My hunting set for about 25 years were a Buck 102 Woodsman and a 103 Skinner in a home made side by side sheath.
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The Buck 112 is a good size as well.
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The Buck 112 is a good size as well.
I just bought 2 of these from their website.
They have a clip point version that is my current everyday work knife.
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This is helpful.


Buck Knives Bottom to Top: 116,102,103,118,105,121,119. 106 hatchet on right.
Please let me know if these numbers are incorrect.
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Knives? I thought this was about inflation!
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Don't know about the 116 &121, the rest look correct.

The 116 is interesting, don't recall ever seeing one.
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The model 116 is the Caper used for close work on the skull when skinning for the taxidermists. And the 121 was originally the fishing knife and made with a much thinner blade stock. The Buck line up looks correct to me anyway.
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Another vote for the 110. I went to one 45 years ago, from using fixed blade bucks, haven't carried a fixed blade since. The fixed blades ride in the glove box of the various vehicles I own. My current 110 has SV30 steel and a stag handle. It is engraved and given to me by my wife on our 35 wedding anniversary. Beautiful looking and very functional.

Left is SV30, right one is nearly 45 years old, when they were still made with real hard steel blades.

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I'll throw in another vote for the 110.
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My 1st fixed blade Buck was the Pathfinder . . .

... so my most experience is with it. Not hardly any experience as a fishing knife, but camp - animal processing - kitchen knife uses, yes. Light and small in a pack, hung the flap sheath upside down on belt under jacket to stay out of the way when sitting.
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I have old Gerber and Puma folding knifes that suit me at the moment.

I think I will try to pick up an older Buck 102 to complement my 119.
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