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Buck 271 Alpha Dorado, Liner Lock Folding Knife

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  • Compact, everyday-carry, folding hunter knife with leather sheath, box, and warranty registration card included
  • 2.5-inch spear point , liner locking blade of 12C27 Mod Sandvik stainless steel
  • Contoured rosewood handle
  • Grip ridges along the top of the rear frame for an extra sure hold
  • Carries Buck's 4-Ever unconditional lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

Buck Knives 271 Alpha Dorado TM is a folding version of Buck's fixed blade Mini Alpha Hunter. It is a compact folding knife with a stout blade and a contoured handle that's well suited for hunting, outdoor and everyday use. It features a 2-1/2" spear point 12C27 Mod Sandvik, Liner Locking Stainless Steel blade. It is 4" long closed, and weighs 4.3 oz. The Alpha Dorado features Rosewood handles, with grip ridges built on the top of the spine and heel of the frame, and comes with a fitted brown leather sheath. The 270BK Alpha Dorado, as with all Buck Knives, comes with Buck's 4-Ever Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.


The 271 Alpha Dorado from Buck is a compact folding knife with a solid liner lock blade, one handed deployment, and a contoured, rosewood handle. Well suited for hunting, outdoors, and everyday use, the Alpha Dorado is a folding version of Buck's fixed blade Mini Alpha Hunter. The Alpha Dorado features a 2.5-inch spear point blade of 12C27 Mod Sandvik stainless steel. It measures four inches long closed, weighs 4.3 ounces, and comes with a fitted brown leather sheath. As with all Buck Knives, the 271 Alpha Dorado comes with Buck's 4-Ever Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.


  • Blade Length: 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters)
  • Length Closed: 4 inches (10.2 centimeters)
  • Blade Material: 12C27Mod Sandvik
  • Carry System: Burgundy Leather sheath
  • Handle Material: Resin-impregnated Rosewood
  • Locking: Yes
  • One Hand: Yes
  • Upgraded Steel: Yes
  • Weight: 4.3 ounces (122.4 grams)
  • Buck's 4-Ever unconditional warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 0271RWS-B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,123 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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This is a utilitarian knife. Not great aesthetically like other Bucks. My particular notes:

(1) This is a strong knife. Heavy gauge, robust, structural components throughout. The only elements that are not robust are the rosewood scales.

(2) The blade is thick, strong, and sharp. It has a simple curved edge which is easy to sharpen. S-shapes and beak's heads are effective cutting edges, but extremely difficult to re-sharpen by hand. Out of the box, this blade easily passed my standard newspaper test. Hold a single sheet of newspaper vertically with one hand on the top edge of the sheet and let the bottom edge dangle freely in mid-air. Then hold the knife in the other hand, pierce the newspaper near the top and slit the newspaper full length from top to bottom. If the blade is sharp, you can slit the newspaper multiple times without tearing it.

(3) Pivot joint is well designed, with a bronze washer on both sides of the blade. The pivot has an adjustment screw. This is a great feature because all pivot joints eventually wear and develop excess play. With this knife, you just tighten the screw to eliminate any excess play.

(4) Blade lock is a liner lock. Once engaged, the blade is secure, with no play. My one major neg about this knife: If you open the blade quickly (with a snap or a flick), the liner lock engages reliably. If you open the blade slowly and deliberately, however, the liner lock frequently does not engage. You then need to close it part way and flick it open.

(5). Secure grip. The rosewood scales have a smooth finish, but there are anti-slip ridges along the spine of the blade, along the liner lock, and along the butt of the handle.

(6) Aside from the cutting edge (of course!
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I needed something for mid-duty jobs that pocket knives struggled with. A sergeant in my company was fond of saying, "A weapons system that does eight things does eight things poorly." I believe that applies to most small, "multi-purpose" knives - unless supplemented by the Real Deal.

Buck's 271 Alpha Dorado seems like the Real Deal, unless you regularly require something heavier. (I own a CSAR-T. It's built like a tank. I rarely use it, mostly for the accessory tools.) My Ranger 110 is too long for me presently, and my 115 was - well, it's stll cool. Sometimes a fellow just needs a change. This new Buck is a worthy replacement for the 115 as a "go to first" knife.

Most descriptions of the Alpha Dorado invariable emphasize the word "little." Yet despite its length, the knife blade is substantial. And the handle (I chose the attractive Rosewood) is eloquently shaped and well-finished. And there's nothing "little" about the blade, wide and thick for it's length. Buck has achieved the improbable: putting a nice-sized folding-blade knife into a small package, easily accessible.

One-hand opening and closing requires minimal practice. It certainly isn't a "jackknife," as someone suggested; no mechanism is involved. Closing is what I'd call controlled: the user employs gravity. All but the most distracted or incautious user can have fingers, palm, and clothing well out of danger. But the point is sharp - attention is required as with all spear points.

And the blade is as sharp as you're likely to need for most things, especially after a few swipes with the DMT. The knife should be real versatile. For his first "application," this retired warrior first used his new Buck for opening a stopped-up saline spray bottle. Real pipe-hitting, eh?
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This is a great knife and I really was attracted to the style and overall shape of the knife. The fit and finish are very good and correct for this price point. Obviously, this knife is machine sharpened and is in fact very sharp out of the box, but showing fine grinding marks on the cutting edge. I have since refined the cutting edge to a mirror finish which I believe will hold the edge a bit longer. The only complaint that I had was with the scales (and this is purely a matter of opinion)... I didn't care for the shape or color of the scales so I made a set of my own out of some redwood burl and I changed the shape considerably... will enclose a photo if I can figure out how. The leather sheath is also unique and well suited to the knife, but here again for me I would have liked to see a clip attached to the belt loop so that you could slip it in your pocket sheath and all as you would a knife with a clip. I made this modification also as I don't always want to wear and or attach my knife to my belt. Very good knife and well worth the price.http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B000EHYZLY/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0&isremote=0
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I'm a 30 year Buck Knife User and have over 10 different Buck Knife styles. I absolutely love how this knife looks, but it's very difficult to sharpen. Far more difficult to sharpen than other Buck knives. I had to use a belt sander with three different grits to get a good edge and I'm very experienced with sharpening with regular stones, diamond stones and/or the Spyderco System.

Also, the wood handle knicks and scratches easily with light daily use. This is more of a show/display knife that a pragmatic everyday knife.

Still, a sturdy knife that's exceptionally well made. I would look at other Buck knives over this unless you absolutely need a nice-looking folder with a gorgeous wood handle. I'm almost afraid to use this knife due to the handle scratching and scuffing easily. Due to the handle scratching, I'm rating four out of five stars.

This is a beautiful knife you keep on your shelf and keep for an heirloom item rather than use.
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