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Buck 285 Bantam BLW Folding Knife 3-1/8" Blade, Reaper Black Handles - 7406

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Part Number: BU0285CMS13
Manufacturer: Buck Knives
Retail Price: $32.00
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BU0285CMS13: 285 Bantam BLW
Buck Knives
Easy handling, lightweight, one-hand deployment. Slightly larger than the BBW, the BLW also has a mid-lockback design, ridges at the top for added grip and lanyard hole for easy attachment.
  • Lightweight and extremely durable
  • 420HC Stainless steel drop-point blade
  • One-hand opening
  • Positive locking system for safety
  • Textured ETP handle
  • Grip ridges on handle for extra stability
  • Stainless steel pocket/belt clip
  • Lanyard hole for easy access
  • Advanced Edge2x Technology
  • Catalog Number: 7406
  • Blade: 3 1/8" (7.9 cm) drop point, 420HC steel
  • Thickness: 0.120" 
  • Length: 4 3/8" (11.1 cm) closed
  • Weight: 2.4 oz. (68.3 g)
  • Handle: Glass reinforced textured Nylon; Reaper Black
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 033753119590

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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upstate, NY
Dec 24, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Handle Feel
Franks review is 100% spot on
I agree completely with Franks assessment. Great value for the price but don't expect a quality EDC knife here. I wouldn't trust it for serious use but I'd say its better than most of the folders you can get for under $30. At $20 it's a real bargain.
4 out of 5
Oct 04, 2013
Pros: Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, None
Good for the price, if you keep your expectations in check.
Great knife for the money, but don't expect it to be very smooth or refined like a US made Kershaw or Benchmade. The pocket clip works well but it's tip up only and only right handed. The open can be very quick with a strong thumb flick or a flick of the wrist on opening, but overall the knife isn't that smooth, it actually doesn't appear to have any kind of pivot bushing. It also suffers from a bit of up and down blade play (though not as much as some other Buck lockbacks I've owned). It seems like Buck could really improve the Bantam model if they added washers and gave it a 4 way reversible pocket clip. The edge on mine, though very sharp out of the box was also asymmetrical (15 degrees on one side and 20 degrees on the other I'd guestimate). Though it's still a great knife for around $20 thanks to it's very well heat treated steel, great blade grind, very light weight, and good ergonomics.
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