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Buck Knives 326 Scholar Stainless Steel Folding Pocket Knife

4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • 1-7/8" Drop Point 420HC Steel Blade delivers Excellent Strength, Edge Retention, and Corrosion Resistance.
  • Polished Stainless Steel Handle perfect for an engravable gift. 2-3/4" Closed Length, 1.3 oz.
  • Contemporary, slimline design, with Thumb Stud to facilitate one hand opening
  • Great gift for someone looking for a small pocket knife good for everyday use.
  • Imported, Buck Forever Warranty
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The Scholar is a contemporary, slimline design pocket knife with one-hand deployment. It has a mirror polished blade and handle, this knife makes the perfect engravable gift for a person looking for a small pocket knife. Imported

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.3 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000EI0VWU
  • Item model number: 326SSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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I own both the Buck 326 (scholar frame lock made in China) and the Buck 525 (Gent lock back made in the USA). The Buck 326 Scholar is a decent knife. It has one glaring flaw, at least for the way I use these knives. I use these knives as a daily carry gentleman's knife. I find that the Buck 326's opening assist studs dig into my leg, making it very uncomfortable to carry. The 326 Scholar is also about double the width of the Gent, making it more visible with dress pants. The Gent is the perfect size and shape to make you forget that you are carrying it, yet it's ready for use for many small jobs that arise. The Gent also out-classes the Scholar in looks and design. If you're looking for a small daily carry gentleman's knife that goes well with casual or suit pants, I recommend the Buck 525 Gent. The Gent is one of those products that makes you feel intelligent for buying it every time you use it.

Warning: If you let someone use either the Buck 326 or the 525, make sure you get it back. These knives have invisible legs, which is not noted in the description.
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This is a smaller knife (the blade is under 4.5cm), and is pretty thin. The small size makes opening it one-handed a bit tricky, but it is possible. It is a frame-lock, so closing it one-handed is also hard but possible.

I love the mirror finish of the handle and blade. It has a rough area near the blade on the handle around the joint, but aside from that everything on this knife is a smooth mirror finish. The back side of the handle (opposite where the blade goes into the handle) has a black plastic spacer between the metal halves of the handle.

There is no keychain or lanyard hole, and the black plastic spacer means that you can't put a string around one of the screws either.

Overall a very nice looking smaller pocketknife.
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Perfect small knife for everyday carrying around if you want something for opening packages, cutting ribbon and string etc. Folds small, looks nice and is sharp. It has the advantage that it doesn't look like a small assault weapon when you use it in public. Fits the bill nicely and is priced in a way that doesn't make it a tragedy when you lose it (I'm on my 3rd, but that's not the fault of the knife!).
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This is a beautiful knife. I noticed that most of the negative reviews are from people who had different expectations when ordering, or are "made in USA" purist, especially as it pertains to Buck's" tradition of making knives state side. Even though I tend to agree that when it comes to manufacturing, the quality is higher in the US, I wouldn't view the knife as inferior for this reason. It is well made, operates flawlessly, and still has the lifetime warranty.
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I lost my Buck Gent to the over-zealous TSA at the Philadelphia Airport. I had worked there for several months and no one batted an eye as I carries it. One day I just wasn't getting by them with a blade just a little under 2 inches because- well stupid monkeys. The benefits for the Gent was that it laid flat in my pocket. There were no wooden slats on either side to take-up room. It kept it's sharpness for months.
The Scholar is a bit different. It's linear lock is exposed on the back side- very unattractive. The thumb studs on either sides do not help open the blade. The blade is too small for them to work. A thumb-nail groove worked better on the Gent.
If you want a small knife, look first at the Gent.
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I spent hours on Amazon looking for a half way decent ladies pocke knife to give as gifts, and this seemed to be the answer. It probably is a good knife but, I am returning them. I am a woman with no experience with pocket knives and bought them for my teen age grand daughters. It took me about an hour to figure out how to open and close the blade. Very difficult to close and I am concerned about my granddaughters cutting themselves. A man with large and strong hands would likely have no trouble with it. Both the vendor and Amazon have been gracious and prompt in authorizing their return and refund...all postage paid.
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Pros:
- Sharp out of the box, holds edge moderately well, not especially difficult to resharpen
- Versatile tool. Works great for any small-blade task, like peeling things, slicing apples, opening packages, sharpening pencils, even cutting paper if you have a hard surface you don't care about scarring up.
- All-stainless construction makes it durable, I've put it through the washing machine a couple of times and it didn't even notice, except that the one plastic component (spacer on the back of the handle) faded slightly.
- Doesn't feel at all cheap.
- Easily concealed (not that I'm advocating doing that). Small enough that it won't even make a bulge in your pocket.
- One-hand open, one-hand close (although closing it is a little bit of a trick). Latches open securely.
- Nice form factor; well-proportioned with good-looking curves.

Cons:
- Not very comfortable for extended use.
- No way to hang it on a lanyard or keychain.
- Made in China.
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To give you an idea where I'm coming from with this review, my daily carry knife is a Chris Reeve Small Sebenza, which literally costs 15x what this knife does. I also own quite a few other high end knives in that price range.

I received this knife as a gift from a friend who heavily engraved it. I honestly would never have even looked at this knife otherwise. That being said I'm very surprised as to it's quality. I'll do a quick pro/con list here.

Pros:
1) Frame locks up very tight. A lot of inexpensive frame locks can be sloppy and even dangerous. This one locks up surprisingly tight yet remains easy to open.
2) Nice design. Not too flashy, but also doesn't scream THE TACTICAL when you take it out in public. This is one of the reasons I love my Sebenza. Slicing an apple for my kid doesn't get people worked up when your knife isn't some all black monstrosity. This knife won't get people excited either.
3) All stainless. I have a couple carbon steel knives for things like camping and they're great, but stainless is great for every day carry. No need to worry about perspiration or whatever corroding your knife.

Cons:
1) Tip down carry. The clip on this knife is set for tip down carry in your pocket. Some people prefer this, I don't. It means you have to flip your knife around to use it when you take it out. The clip isn't reversible either. This goes for lefties as well, you can't swap sides.

2) 440A Steel. For this price you're not going to get much better, but there are a lot better steels out there.

3) Behind the scenes finish. The exterior of this knife looks nice, but there are a lot of machining marks and such in places like under the clip between the frame lock parts and such. Again, at this price, not a huge deal but it's there.

All in all it's a great knife for the money and if you lose it you're not out a lot.
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