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Product Description

Features a 3 5/8" 420HC stainless steel blade and a contoured Thermoplastic handle with textured surface. Includes lanyard hole. 8 5/8" overall.

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  • ASIN: B005CUAWQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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This is a very solid knife.
R. Step
This is a good looking knife that is not too big or too little.
MJS
The large is good but somewhat stiffer to open and close.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cyclist01222 on June 17, 2012
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I own a few Bucks now, all affordable, 420HC blades. I just don't have a need for the more expensive upgraded steel as the 420 does everything I need it to do... I'm saving a lot of cash this way. Why Buck? The history, company reputation, warranty and quality product. The low end Bucks share all this with their high end counterparts resulting in a high value product. I've never been to the Buck factory or am intimate with their acclaimed heat treat process... All I know is that the end product is proof of something good going on at the Buck knife mill.

It seems the Bantams were once produced in China but switched back to the U.S. due to quality issues. I have the medium and large, both made in the USA. The first thing that impresses me about the Bantams is the lightweight but secure build. It's amazing how solid their screw-less pivot pins are... no play at all and they lock open with a solid click. For some reason the edges on both these knives needed a bit of a touch up with the ceramic... just a few strokes. They did not come as sharp as my 110 or Max Lite. The Bantams have steeper edges which could be part of the reason. Nonetheless, the hollow grind blade cuts fine and holds itself well.

The medium is the perfect EDC size and the large is great for those bigger tasks or outdoor use... nice backup to your fixed blade selection. I prefer the plain black over the coated handles as the coating causes the textured area of the plastic handle to loose its grip a bit. The large handle fills the hand well and is secure while the medium size requires more pressure to hang on. The pocket clips do their job and are skeletonized to keep the weight down. It is removable if you prefer.

The drop point design makes this knife a good utility blade that can open packages or skin a deer. The low weight makes it a great backpacking option. It opens easily with the thumb studs and will provide a lifetime of service!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Magnus on January 1, 2007
Size Name: Large
I prefer larger folders and the BHW does not dissapoint. In fact, some co-workers tend to be a little put off by it when I pull it out of my pocket to open a box.

The knife arrived quite sharp, holds an edge, and takes an edge easily.

The weight of this knife is unreal for its size. It's a featherweight, but at the same time inspires confidence that it is well-constructed. Except for the pocket clip, which is about the only cheap-feeling part of the knife.

This knife opens quite easily with one hand.

I'd probably make this five stars if the blade were partially serrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. S. Herring on January 1, 2014
It astounds me that a knife of this quality, both in design and workmanship, can be produced for so little money. The fact that this is made in the USA should give the shopper even more reason to put this on their buy list. I like this for its light weight and the pocket clip makes it less likely to get lost, an unfortunate event that has happened to me more than once over the years. Great everyday knife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kiwi4j on December 24, 2012
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Got this knife for myself as an early christmas present, and so far have been pretty pleased with it. The large blade is about most of the weight of this knife, and stays sharper than any other knife I've previously owned. The belt clip makes it easy to stick in your pocket and keeps it up top for easy access. The handle is a little too light, but for what I use it for I see no problems in it breaking any time soon. If your looking for a large knife that you can use to do a little more than open boxes or those sealed plastic containers they put everything in these days, then this is the knife for you. If your an advid hunter or outdoorsman, you might want to consider a knife with a stronger handle. Over all it's a good blade for the money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Goebbels Gerbils on April 16, 2010
Size Name: Large Verified Purchase
I have the medium and large versions of this knife. The medium is perfect and is my preferred EDC. The large is good but somewhat stiffer to open and close. Get the medium and you will never know it is in your pocket. Also, both of these knives came razor sharp and have retained their edges well.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Charlie_K on April 30, 2007
Size Name: Large Verified Purchase
Though I didn't expect much it was still a disappointment to see a "Buck" blade of this quality. The handle of the knife is constructed entirely of a lightweight plastic, no metal liners or frame. Wonderful for stripping off a few ounces, but compromises the integrity of the entire knife.

It's most evident weakness is it's inability to handle any kind of lateral force on the blade. Just a small amount of pressure on either flat of the blade causes a noticeable and disconcerting flex in the knife.

As for the blade material, it's decent though relatively soft for "high carbon". The Bantam sharpens well enough, though doesn't stay shaving sharp for long. The blade is pretty thick, too thick to use for cleaning game or fish.

For the price it's an alright knife. The Large Bantam is definitely up to opening boxes and envelopes, but unable to perform at the tasks I typically carry a large knife for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on March 3, 2013
Size Name: Large Verified Purchase
This knife is the second disappointment I've received from Buck recently. It does not have ANY LINER. it is simply a plastic handle with semi lose rivets (so you can not disassemble, or adjust,) and a framelock that I do not trust
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Size Name: Large Verified Purchase
This is probably my favorite folding knife I've ever owned, and that is saying something. Ergonomic, cheap, but good quality. I carried this knife through two deployments to Afghanistan, and when the original was lost, I elected to replace it. Shipping was fast, too: the estimate was 18-30 days to my APO address, but it arrived in about a week. I'm not a huge fan of the lockback, as it makes it difficult to close the knife one-handed, but it can be done with some practice. The handle feels like cheap plastic, but it's held up to everything I've thrown at it. I would say that I would buy it again, but I already have bought it again.
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