Buck Knives is an American knife manufacturer located in Post Falls, Idaho.
Generic usage of "buck knife"
A buck knife (or buck-knife) is a kind of folding lock-blade knife, meaning a knife whose blade folds into its handle, as with a common pocket knife, but locks into place when opened, so that it cannot close unless the release is pressed. The term is a genericization of Buck.
Hoyt Buck was a blacksmith apprentice from Kansas
who while looking for a better method to temper steel for edge retention produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt made each knife by hand, using worn-out file blades as raw material. After World War 2
, Hoyt and his son Al moved to San Diego and set up shop as H.H. Buck & Son in 1947. In the 1950's the company began making knives on a much larger scale. Fifty years later the company relocated to Post Falls, Idaho.
Buck Knives has collaborated with different custom knifemakers such as Tom Mayo, Mick Strider, David Yellowhorse, and the late Rob Simonich.
Al and Chuck Buck were inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame at the 1982 and 1996 Blade Shows respectively in Atlanta, Georgia in recognition for the impact that their designs and Company has made upon the cutlery industry.
Buck Knives is a leading American
manufacturer of different styles of knives including the first successful folding lock-blade, introduced in 1964
. Folding lock-blade knives and "Buck Knife" thereby became strongly linked in the public mind, and the Buck design was much imitated, so that a buck knife, in common understanding, has come to mean any folding lock-blade of like design, even while Buck Knife is yet a trademark and not limited to folding lock-blades.