Buck Paperstone TM Vantage Select Knife (Blue/Silver, Medium)
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- 2-5/8" Drop Point Blade made from 420HC Stainless Steel
- 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paperstone TM Handles in Blue
- Comes with a Heavy Duty Nylon Sheath
- As always, includes Buck's Forever Warranty.
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The design is cool and I like the handle material. The knife came shaving sharp out of the box.
Lastly, the knife is way too small for me. Of course, this is my problem and has nothing to do with the manufacturer, nor am I using it to base my review. My point is only that you can look at the measurements all day long of a knife, but until you feel it in your hands, you will never know how it really feels. I'm going to give this knife another try and place an order for the large version after I return this one. Good knife. I just got a lemon.
I opted for this Paperstone version for the uniqueness factor. Also, I'm a builder and have used Paperstone for countertops, so I thought it was cool to have scales made of the same product.
The Paperstone doesn't provide much grip, but it looks and feels nice in the hand. I don't see this knife in a tactical, self defense role, but rather, a gentleman's knife for everyday cutting tasks. This knife has a nice size blade on it, but isn't scary to others, so I can deploy it among people who, "don't understand why one should carry a knife."
I really like the combination of polish and grinding on the blade, which adds to that sophisticated gentleman's knife role.
slim, non-protruding clip
locking mechanism not as solid as other folders in the $25-35 range
*Final thoughts: I was unimpressed with the liner lock's quality so I purchased a Kershaw Skyline (currently $40) and am happy with the better build quality - grippy G10 handle, sleek design, reversible clip.
The Vantage Select Paperstone (from now on referred to as just the Vantage) has the same size and dimensions as the other Vantages. The liners are stainless steel, and if weight bugs you, they're not milled out. The blade is Buck's 420HC, and it's hardened to about 58 on the Rockwell scale. Because this is the lower-end model in the Vantage series, the vertical striations (grinding lines) in the blade are very evident. If you're inclined, some polishing paste and a clean cotton T-shirt will make the m look better. Some 0000-grit steel wool will make most of them go away. The blade is 3-1/8" long, and those grind lines are only on the high hollow grind; the upper portion of the blade flats are a nice, polished tone. Out of the box, my Vantage came paper-slicing sharp. A few passes on a leather belt made it hair-shaving sharp. The blade does have a thumb slot, and it's usable, but I think Buck intended for this to be a flipper-only design. I will mention that the entire knife - blade, handle, liners, etc. - is completely void of jimping. I know this bothers some people, but I'm fine with it for an EDC knife. The flipper is small and smooth, so I could see adding some jimping there, but it's unnecessary. The blade rides on two phosphor bronze bushings (one on each side).
The Vantage is a linerlock, and like I said, the liner has no jimping. Lock-up on mine was solid. However, the blade did rub against the liner of the non-locking side. After tweaking with the screws, I got it lined up right. By the way, all of the screws on this knife are Torx (T-6) screws.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little buck, could be a little sharper out of the box and it doesnt hold edge very long but still good for price!! Also ganzo g729 is a good knife for your $$Published 2 months ago by nick oneill
Comes out of box very very sharp. Deep EDC and I never know it's there. I'd buy a few more.Published on April 5, 2013 by Benjamin N. Dixon
My dad loves this knife. The qualiity and texture are very nice. He likes showing off the recycled "paper" handle. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by David
I was looking for a small folding knife with a lock and a deep carry clip and after seeing several recent recommendations and people saying that Buck solved their QA issues with... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by soloz2
I've been using one of the small sized ones dayly for a few months now. I'm a little surprised that everyone, including Buck, talks about how light the knife is. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by john