Elk NetworkGear 101 – Buck Ebony Collection

Gear 101 | October 11, 2019

If you know anything about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, you know that we’re about hunting and we’re about conservation. And it just so happens that Buck’s new Ebony line of knives also embodies those two passions.

Back in the 1960s, Buck used Ebony wood in the handles of some of its knives. Known for its dark color, toughness and resistance to warping, ebony is a hardwood found in tropical climates. But overharvesting of these hardwoods caused the supply to dwindle. Federal regulators then limited its importation.

Now, in a unique partnership with Taylor Guitars, Buck is once again featuring ebony in the handles of some of their knives—and they’re doing so in a sustainable way. Ebony is used by guitar makers like Taylor on the fretboard where repeated jam sessions would destroy a softer wood. To ensure they had a steady supply of sustainably harvested ebony, Bob Taylor went to Cameroon and became a partner in a local sawmill.  And now, Buck purchases ebony from them, which is featured in key models of Buck knives, including the 101 fixed blade hunter, the 110 folding hunter, the 112 Ranger as well as limited edition and special project knives.

Aside from the ebony handle, these knives feature 420HC steel or S30V steel. 420HC is Buck’s standard blade material, which is easy to sharpen, tough, and corrosion resistant. S30V steel is a high vanadium stainless steel that features an incredible amount of edge retention.

If you’re a hunter committed to conservation, even when it comes to your gear, take a look at Buck’s Ebony line; you won’t be disappointed.

Msrp: $55-$200

Learn More Here: https://www.buckknives.com