Pete Wadeson looks at the Buck Rival series of lock back knives; a family of folders that will interest hunters and outdoorsmen...
From this, their new lightweight series of folders, the Rival I, II and III are obviously the most useful for hunting and practical field usage, as they're strong, have slim well-designed black nylon injection moulded handles, are very user friendly plus use a lock back mechanism that engages very solidly. They also feature double thumb-studs for one-handed opening, have 420HC stainless-steel drop point blades, plus have discreet removable stainless-steel pocket clips. The ergonomic and extremely durable handles have the same profile and outward design, with raised ridges and finger choil to aid grip in all-weather situations.
The main distinction between models is size of blade and of course the handle length is sized proportionately to the blade. The Rival I measures 3.5-inches closed, has a blade length of 2.75-inches and weighs 1.4oz. The II measures 4.25-inches closed, has a blade length of 3.125-inches and weighs 2.1oz and the III measures 4.75-inches closed, has a blade length of 3.625-inches and weighs 3oz. This model also features what company term "Advanced Edge2x™ blade technology", a process that relates to how the blade edge geometry (thickness) is achieved, so that it remains uniform for its entire length thus improving cutting power and retention of sharpness.
Thanks to Pete Wadeson and Gun Mart / Shooting Sports for writing and letting us share this review.