Feb 13 2014

Knife Review – Buck 119BR Special Fixed Blade Knife

Survival Knife Review – Buck 119BR Special Fixed Blade Knife 

This survival knife is a bit special – it’s history goes back some 47 years to when the Buck 119BR Special fixed-blade knife was first made, by hand, by Hoyt and Al Buck in their two-man shop.


  • Blade length: 6 inches
  • Blade material: 420HC stainless steel
  • Fixed blade: Yes
  • Handle material: Cocobola
  • Carrying system: Brown leather sheath
  • Weight: 10.5 ounces
Today, the Special hunting knife boasts a large clip blade made of 420HC stainless steel – the ideal steel for fine detailed work, perfect for piercing, and cutting in tight places.
The Buck Fixed Blade Knife comes with a good quality dark brown leather sheath that fits the knife perfectly and has a good sized belt loop – no real way to use it with a Molle system – but then again, no reason to – it sits very nicely on the hip..
When you first handle this knife, the one thing that becomes very apparent is the overall quality and attention to detail – as a manufacturer, Buck is legendary, but you really do have a knife that is something a bit special here…
I am a lover of the ‘classic’ knife design and the Buck 119BR Special perfects that style with a well balanced knife of flawless design.
Buck 119BR Special Fixed Blade Knife

Straight out of the box, it is razor sharp – the 420hc stainless steel will keep an edge and be easy to resharpen when needed – the stainless cleans up beautifully.

I always add a little oil to the blade when not in use, then a quick wipe off and it’s ready to go – with this 420 hc (High Carbon) steel I don’t think there will be an issue with corrosion if treated correctly.

The quality of craftsmanship on the Buck Special is superb – in fact, if you look at the handle you can see it’s a work of a skilled craftsman and  a work of art in itself.

The handle is made from ‘cocobolo’ wood and is shaped to fit nicely in your hand – and it does just that… it feels very comfortable and solid, with the addition of the polished brass front quillon and also polished brass rear quillon at the pommel end, you hand is  prevented from slipping off and held firmly in position – the polished brass and the wood handle are joined perfectly and the whole handle area just feels right.

I found that using traditional materials gives the  Buck Special a very solid feel – the sort of survival knife you can use with confidence.

I prefer a heaver knife and the  Buck Special weighs in at 10.5 ozs, again adding to that solid feel.

Buck have kept with tradition again and balanced the knife to feel right in your hand – the actual balance point is just below the guard.

Moving on to the blade – the 420hc steel comes with a quite a steep clip point, sharp to the tip. There’s a polished blood groove that finishes it of and I like to be able to choke down on a knife for fine work and the  Buck Special accommodates that very well with a clean cut choil area ahead of the polished brass quillon.

The blade then extends completely into the handle making this a full tang knife.

It is very hard to find any fault with this knife..!

Made in the USA, with Bucks unconditional lifetime guarantee,  it’s a true survival knife.