At Buck, we believe there’s a perfect handle for every knife. Our job is to bring them together in the highest performing, best looking combination.
Wood - We use beautifully grained natural woods and laminated dyed birch wood for more traditional knives (such as the 110 Folding Hunter). We also use distinctive woods like Cocobola for its rich coloring, and Obechee with its unusually dark grained look. These woods are treated with an environmentally sound resin to protect their natural beauty.
Horn/Antler - Authentic horn and antler add a distinctive, natural look to any handle. They can be inlayed or hand-carved. Buck's black buffalo horn for example has been carved to replicate the natural grooves of Impala horn.
Phenolic - Practically indestructible, this hard, ebony-colored compound is nearly impervious to heat, cold and shock. This type of handle is ideal for a fixed blade knife because it can withstand vigorous use.
Plastics - Buck uses various engineering-quality thermoplastics, including a molded plastic with a hard, textured surface and a rubber-like plastic with a textured finish. On some models, we use a two-shot molding method, combining a hard, glass-reinforced thermoplastic base with soft Dynaflex® to create a two-tone, sure-grip comfortable handle.
Aluminum - High-tech aircraft-grade aluminum 6061 T-6, machined from solid sheet stock creates a lightweight, durable handle. The aluminum can be anodized in a solid color or with patterns and pictures. You can even have original artwork anodized on the handle, thanks to our unique process.
Kraton® -Ideal for fish fillet knives, Kraton is a slightly pliant plastic, fully resilient when dry and tacky when wet. So you can count on a sure grip and maximum comfort.
G10 - This virtually indestructible laminate is a perfect fit for our super tough Buck Striker tactical knives. G10 is resistant to heat, cold, chemicals, impact and abuse.
Titanium - An amazingly strong but surprisingly lightweight material; as close to corrosion free as you can get.