The Buck 110 is affordable for an American-made knife, and the low-cost nylon sheath is part of the math that makes that possible.I know that nylon has a lot of advantages: it’s lighter, thinner, more durable, easier to clean, dries more quickly, etc.) If your wallet is the right size and shape you can wedge the 110 next to it in your back jeans pocket, but you’ll probably carry it in a belt sheath.Buck 110s used to come with handsome full-grain leather belt sheaths, but these have been replaced with lower-cost nylon sheaths.But this sheath doesn’t speak of premium materials or skilled craftsmanship, and it just looks wrong next to the beautiful 110.I think the 110’s brass and wood just look better with leather. Buck offers the premium leather sheath as a accessory on their website, and there’s a large market for custom 110 sheaths.Hard statistics are scarce, of course, but the Buck 110 has probably field-dressed more game than any other single knife of the last half-century.The second knife I ever owned (after a Victorinox Tinker) was a dismal Pakistani knockoff of the Buck 110 because I couldn’t afford the real thing.
Regardless of my tastes, many owners swear by their 110 thumb studs, and they’re easy to remove if they don’t work out for you.
If your needs require one-handed opening, there are aftermarket thumb studs that clamp onto the spine of the blade.
In my opinion, however, this old cowboy works best in its original ‘single action’ mode like a Colt SAA.
More than 30 years later I finally treated myself to the original, and I really shouldn’t have waited so long.
Overview Buck has sold millions of 110s, and millions of words have been written about them.