With the introduction of the revolutionary model 110 Folding Hunter in 1964, Buck Knives became synonymous with rugged, gruff, often bearded outdoor work. But when a late 60’s scuffle on the USS Ranger prompted a four-inch blade ban for sailors, Buck developed a three-inch version of the 110, named it the model 112 Ranger, and debuted it in 1972.
Five decades later, February’s Buck of the Month – the Buck 112 Slim Pro TRX – is a direct descendant and exclusive iteration of that original Ranger. It features a brushed copper handle with black nitride hardware, granting instant panache as well as durability to help the knife stand up to the aforementioned gruff outdoor work. Copper’s anti-microbial properties also help suppress the growth of bacteria – handy for folks who may not be able to readily wash their TRX after cleaning game.
The blade itself is the iconic 3” length with a black cerakote finish for added grit. Each blade undergoes Paul Bos’ venerated heat-treating system followed by rigorous tempering to the appropriate Rockwell Hardness. The TRX is a lockback knife, and can be opened with one hand, but must be closed with two. A drop-point blade keeps the point facing down after drops. All Buck Knives are made in the USA. Attempting to puncture shipmates will void the lifetime warranty.
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