Dating buck 110 knives

(Note: this opinion applies ONLY to American made Schrade knives! The Schrade had a a tighter fit and finish than the Buck which seemed rough by comparison, with no gaps between the bolsters and the wood scales there was absolutely zero play when you locked it open, side to side or up and down.

The rivets on the Buck were raised while the Schrade were finished flush with the scales.

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Schrade also made special runs of LB7 with drop point blades for the hunters.

I sent it to Buck with a note asking how much it would cost to have the blade replaced.

(note: the flawless kershaw I have was made in japan with aus-8 blade steel.

The kershaw today is a chinese made knife so I don't know about their quality) So IMO the 110 is a classic everyday utility knife whereas the Schrade LB7 is a serious field knife for those times you're going to be in the field either a long time or times when your life might depend on it be it standard clip blade or drop point blade.

From a pure engineering standpoint the Schrade LB7 "is" a heavier duty knife.

That said, the original 110 had 440C blade steel which held an edge forever and was twice as strong as the 420hc steel used in 110's today but 440c was a real bitch to resharpen!

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