If you are looking for cheap, hardy, and aesthetically appealing then you can drop less than $35 on this mid-sized, back-lock, folder from Buck. I recently bought mine from Menards, a large chain of hardware store located in the America Midwest, for $27.25. In short, this knife is well with in my range of acceptability and I’m glad its U.S. made.
The blade on the Spitfire, or Buck model number 722, is 3.2″ (8.13cm) but due to the finger choil its more like 2.8″ (7.11cm). Like a lot of Buck’s knives this one has got a 420 high carbon blade that has undergone the Bos heat treat. Though I am not 100% positive, I would say the Bos heat treat absolutely makes a difference in edge retention. One bad thing I noticed is that the blade has some up and down play in it. It’s not deal breaking at all and I don’t notice it when cutting stuff but it can be detected by grabbing the blade and moving it up and down. There is zero side to side play.
As you can probably see this knife has got a non-Spyderco opening hole. It works, that’s all. The scales are mostly untextured aluminum. This doesn’t mean the Spitfire is slick and going to fly out of your hand a lot. It just means the scales are slick. There are other features that make up for the nearly flat scales like the awesome geometry of the handle. It nestles the fingers together and makes for a confident grip. There is some neat jimping on the top, forward portion of the scales where the thumb goes. The same spherical jimping is on the bottom rear area where the pinky and ring finger land. Another feature that usual contributes to a better grip is the pocket clip. It makes a difference on this knife, that’s for sure.
Additionally, the pocket clip was pretty loose when I got it. So much so that the knife was prone to slipping out when I sat down. One day I just decided “I can probably fix this…” and all I had to do was use a Torx 6 driver and take out the three screws and then use padded pliers and my fingers to bend the clip in a way to make it tighter when it gets put back on the knife. It worked, simple as that. Now the pocket clip does its job well.
Not that I need it but the pocket clip is four way positionable. It comes ready for right hand, tip up carry, which is the best clip position. Its the fastest for a right-handed individuals. And a final note on the clip. It can’t really handle super thick fabric like some waste lines and sweat pants pockets but it manages to hold without deforming on most pants I have.
Like I stated early, I’m glad to have found this knife. I have carried this thing regularly in the 6 months that I have owned it and all I can say is that it’s well-designed and very solid.
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