Buck 119 Hunting Knife Review

In order to have a successful hunting or camping trip, you must make sure you have all the necessary tools to ensure a smooth trip.
A hunting knife doubles as an essential and multipurpose tool as well as a form of protection against anyone or anything that could be lurking in the wild.

The Buck Knife 119 is the answer to your prayers; celebrating its 75th anniversary, this simple yet stylish hunting knife has stood the test of time.

Considerations To Make Before Buying

If you are a hunter or are considering taking it up as a hobby, then this is the hunting knife for you. There are however a lot of things to put into consideration before purchasing a hunting knife.

  • The type of metal it is made of

Many people are inclined to drift towards stainless metal knives due to the fact that they do not rust. However, there is no right or wrong blade; the kind of metal is only for specific purposes and above all, preference.

  • The knife’s handle

The handle of a knife plays a great roll in overall usage of the knife. A good handle must have good grip. Wood or rubber is the most commonly used material for knife handles. Make sure the knife fits your hand perfectly.

  • The sheath

Due to its sharpness, it would not be wise to walk around with a knife in your pocket. There are special bags created solely to store the knife in. These bags are called sheaths.
For durability, a sheath should be made out of quality material and most of them are made out of leather which not only looks cool, but also serves its purpose.

  • The shape of the blade

A lot of people are not aware that the shape of a blade determines its use. A curved blade would skin an animal properly due to its shape, the same way a straight knife would do a shoddy job in such a situation.

Quick Presentation

The Buck Knife special 119 has been around for 47 years, probably the most popular hunting knife in America. This knife, in particular, is one that works for hunters and just might be the best survival knife you can find.

Do not forget its pocket-friendly prices. The Buck Knife Special 119 comes in two colors; black, and wood.
A leather sheath to holster it is also in place, and it is both stylish and durable.
This particular knife has a forever warranty, thanks to the fact that it is made in America.

Features And Benefits Of This Knife



Comfortable Grip

Convenient to carry

Forever warranty

What We Like

  • ​Blade material

The knife itself is made of carbon steel. This is great for a survival knife in terms of strength as compared to a stainless steel knife. Carbon steel is stronger and can be sharpened to just about any level of sharpness. This type of metal, however, requires extra care otherwise it faces rusting.

  • Effectiveness

One of the beauties of a survival knife is how it efficiently chops through the wood when making a fire. Once you get started, it goes through very easily especially when you get to the small chunks of wood. The blade length is 6 inches; the handle is 4.5 inches for an overall length of 10.5 inches.

  • Affordability

If you are looking for a good survival knife on a budget, get the buck 119. It's really great quality, made in the US and comes with a lifetime warranty.

What We Don't Like

  • ​Slippery Grip

The handle is extremely slippery when wet. A workaround for this is to wrap it around in grip tape. It might not look as pretty but it gets the job done.
Although the handle is slippery, it's so nicely contoured that it just fits like a glove and might be why the design, in general, hasn't been changed since 1955!

  • No left-handed sheaths

Even though it is not much of a big deal, another complaint one might have is related to the sheath, especially if you're left-handed. Buck knives do not offer left-handed sheaths and if you have it strapped on your left side, you will notice that when you pull the knife out, it's upside down.
However, there is also another workaround for this; a few searches on eBay or Amazon and you can find yourself a left-handed sheath if you're part of 15% population of left-handed people and particular about it.

Who Is It For?

This product can act both as a hunting knife as well as a survival tool.

In hunting, it is however limited as it cannot perform certain tasks such as skinning.

The Buck knife 119 is highly favored as a hunting knife and survivalists’ knife.

As I had stated earlier, there is no right or wrong knife, it’s only that different knives just serve different purposes:

  • 1
    For all-encompassing hunting or as a survival knife, you can never go wrong with a clip point Bowie, this is the most common type of survivalist or hunter knife. They are perfect for stabbing and piercing during self-defense.
  • 2
    For purposes of chopping: A machete would be highly advantageous in this situation. It is larger and longer than the Buck Knife and therefore can work a longer distance than the Buck Knife.

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In my opinion, this product is a must-have for hunters or those who just want to take up hunting as a sport.
It is both affordable and durable as it is made out of carbon steel which is sharp and can cut through many substances.

A clean dry place is ideal but not enough to guarantee the knife won't rust.

Anonymous - March 24, 2018

Visitor Rating: 5 Stars