When you hear the brand name Buck Knives, what comes to mind? Chances are pretty good the image in your mind is the classic folding knife, with brass-colored bolsters, a wood handle and clip-point blade. The Ranger series encapsulates this image, and has been a Buck mainstay for decades.
The 112 Ranger variant (with a slightly smaller blade than the traditional 110) has been upgraded to include a push-button opening mechanism. Both the 112 Auto and 112 Auto Elite deploy instantly with a single push, locking the blade in position for use.
As always with automatic knives, check and know your state and local laws on the possession and transport of automatics. While more and more states are removing prohibitions on knifes that open automatically, check first to save hassle.
Two updated 112 models recently debuted at the Outdoor Retailer Show, and are now available. These versions include a novel twist to the classic variant, utilizing the same Macassar Ebony handles and 420HC steel blade, as well as a black G10 handled version with upgraded S30V steel.
Keeping the same classic features of brass bolsters and wood handle, the 112 Auto features a 3-inch, clip-point 420HC steel blade that opens with a push of a button. Weighing slightly less than the original, the 112 Auto is only 5.6 ounces. The Ranger 112 Auto even includes the traditional Buck leather sheath and is made in the USA. MSRP: $175
The 112 Auto Elite offers customers an upgraded take on the American classic, featuring an innovative design and upgraded materials. The 112 Auto Elite weighs only 6.1 ounces and features a G10 handle with brushed nickel silver bolsters and 3-inch, clip-point blade. The Elite also includes a leather sheath for safe carry, and like the 112 Ranger Auto is also made in the USA. MSRP: $225.