Forum Knife Updates and comments

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by eisman, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    The blades on mine were also a bit stiff and tight, the clip more so than the sheepsfoot. I have had similar issues on a few Case and even GEC knives before, so I learned how to handle it. Hot soapy water flush of the pivots, work them open and closed submerged in the water, rinse out thoroughly, dry, squirt a little WD-40 just in the joint, continue to work back and forth, wipe off any excess WD-40, then a drop of mineral oil in the joints and continue to work them.

    This fixed the sheepsfoot blade quickly. The main clip is getting better with use, and is developing an audible snap when opening. Closing snap is fine. I expect after a week of use and carry it'll be fully broken in.
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  2. Daniel

    Daniel Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 1998
    This is also the methodology that I have used.
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  3. OLd_gUY


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  4. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I wasn't disappointed with the CS knife, but I've never really bonded with it. I have seldom carried it. On the other hand, I "bonded" with the this year's knife almost immediately.

    Gary, I'm so sorry to hear that. Smoke raised.

    I fully agree with this. I measured a few of my 4" stockman knives with full flat ground blades from various manufacturers and a fair number were roughly 0.035" behind the edge.

    I have a full flat ground 301 from the mid 90's. It has the same behind the edge thickness as my Forum knife, ~0.035". My "post edge 2000" Bucks all are obviously much thinner with their super hollow ground profile. But I'm sure that Buck will fix you up.
  5. boykinlp

    boykinlp Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Thanks for the instructions on how to flush these. I kept reading about it, but wasn't sure how to do it.
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  6. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    You may want to wrap the blade in that blue painters tape a few times so you can work the blade without worry about cutting yourself. The real trick is to use HOT water, as hot as you can stand to put your hands in. It will cause the metal to expand a little and help loosen up any polishing grit that got into the pivot so that it can wash out.
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  7. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    This kind of on forum presence and the willingness to admit the problems and repair said problems is very heart warming. One vote here for using Buck again for a forum annual knife. We'll ask them to grind thinner next time. :)
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  8. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    I think it was actually self-harm & a cry for help due to the guilt of sneaking in that Modern...:eek::D:D
  9. BrianB43

    BrianB43 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Thank you, Jeff. I really appreciate the opportunity to ask whether this is considered an issue or not. The spring mis-match is only in the closed position. (Photo below)

    I am over my initial reaction to the Elk. As predicted, I am loving it is different than most of the examples shown in this thread. Sorry about the picture quality. Hopefully, the porch note background will show off the Elk coloring.




    Thanks, Brian
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  10. WinonaRail


    Jan 5, 2017
    Not bothering with pics as we've seen lots of them already. I carried mine yesterday and I'm pleased with it. Covers are "craggy" and fairly slim but look very nice. No gaps at all. Zero snap but I'll give it a proper oil spa treatment and I'm sure all will be right. All in all, very nicely done.
  11. quaboag


    Jan 11, 2016
    Next time I vote we all get the Buck semi hollow grind that made them 110's famous back in the day! Wouldn't that be nice for those folks who like convex sharpening...little less room for wear and error though.
    Been carrying and using mine some. Kicked all others out of my mind and least until my dixie stockman arrives. Noticed some quick loss of hair popping sharpness....hoping putting my own edge on it will maybe improve things.
    Sure it will as I have faith Buck does knife steel right! Glad I've got some diamond hones because I expect the heat treat made the blades tough!
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  12. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Hollow grind is the tool of the devil. In purgatory the only knives I'll have will be hollow grind.

    Not that I'm opinionated on the subject.... :D:D:D
  13. colubrid

    colubrid Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    Anyone else has side to side play on theirs? Or am I the only one?

    Who do I contact to get it fixed or replaced?

    I don't think it's smart to ship before the holidays because of all the packages getting lost.. best to wait until Jan.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
  14. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Quoted on this very page.
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  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    My general thoughts on the 2018 traditional forum knife: I have had some time to fondle and generally take a measured look at this knife. Generally speaking, I'm not real picky in terms of most things, even blade centering as long as it doesn't rub significantly. I like a nice snap, but it is not extremely necessary overall unless it makes the knife almost unsafe to use. I have gotten used to the fit & finish of GEC made knives and honestly have come to expect that with all of my knives since I started buying GEC slippies. But that is probably an unreasonable standard.

    I initially assumed that this knife would be handled by Buck much like they might ones done in their custom shop or low production stuff. With the numbers that were made, this is a regular production grade knife overall. That's okay. But that also suggests that this knife is consistent in terms of fit & finish with regular production knives with some special extra's like the elk scales, CPM-154 blade steel, long pull, and two blade versus three blade. It will be used as a standard for future purchases of Buck slip joint knives for me.

    Not going to bother measuring the blade thickness like some here even though I have a micrometer that I use for measuring group size when target shooting (22's mostly).

    I have mentioned that my scales could be better matched. But honestly, they aren't bad overall and I'm comfortable with what Buck has done. My knife's scales are nicer than some I have seen pictures of here. The texture of the elk is about as good as I could have hoped for from Buck.

    I think my forum knife is pretty nice overall.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
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  16. OLd_gUY


    Feb 20, 2018
    My groups look like an open choke shotgun pattern!!
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  17. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    My groups with a handgun also often are a bit "open" too. But with a rifle, mine are pretty good if I choose the ammo the rifle seems to like, a good day in terms of my nerves so to speak, and I "try". :D
  18. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Shot with standard Winchester Lever Action iron sights (hooded post front - Blade rear).


    The knife I was carrying that day. I always carry it when at the range - Range Box..

    Buck 055

    Here's a thought. The 2018 BF knife would make a great Range Box knife. The sheepfoot blade would made a great patch knife.

    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
  19. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Sooner than expected, the walk and talk is now what I consider normal on both blades. Drop of mineral oil in the joints, opening and closing the blades occasionally, and just the gentle warmth of a front pocket seemed to take care of it.
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  20. Nixelplix

    Nixelplix Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    I received mine yesterday. It really is a lovely knife.





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