1964 - 1986
110 FOLDING HUNTER
A photographic history by Michael DF Lowe



... with appreciative contributions from
Vern Taylor, George Stinzel, and Joe Houser








Concept, design, and initial production began in 1963 while in the Congress Street factory in San Diego, California.
In 1964, full production began after moving to the new Federal Boulevard factory, in San Diego, California.

The version identifier is the 1/16" chrome plated steel spring holder located between the frames butt
end bolsters. The variation is identified by the horizontal BUCK logo stamped on the right side
blade spine and the bolster pin locations listed below each knife.

The frames were cast in brass. The satin finished clip point blade is made of 440C
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

Congress Street Factory



Variation One (V1V1) 1964 - 1965
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on left bolster only.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.
 ~  GS:V1T1




Variation Two (V1V2) Pre-1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on left bolster only.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V1T2
The BUCK logo is etched instead of stamped.




1961 - 1964
The earliest models could have
this version along with the
Guarantee Registration below.

1964 - 1966
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  2 pieces, 1-1/2" tall




1964 - 1966
The production models will have
this version along with the
Guarantee Registration below.
1961 - 1964
1964 - 1966

1964 - Angeles Souvenir
Los Angeles, CA
- 1967

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **








Produced prior to 1967 while located in the Federal Boulevard factory in San Diego, California.

The version identifier is the 1/8" dark brown fiber steel spring holder located between the frames
butt end
bolsters. The variation is identified by the horizontal BUCK logo stamped on the left
side blade spine and the bolster pin locations listed below each knife.


The frames were cast in brass. The satin finished clip point blade is made of 440C
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

Federal Boulevard Factory



Variation One (V2V1) Pre-1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on left bolster only.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V1T3





Variation Two (V2V2) Pre-1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V1T3




Variation Three (V2V3) 1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.
 ~  GS:V1T3
Spine stamp has a dot after the BUCK* logo.





1965 - 1966
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  2 pieces, 1-1/2" tall




1965 - 1966 

1965 - 1966  (Sharpening Fee $1.00)

1964 - Angeles Souvenir
Los Angeles, CA
- 1967

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **








Produced in 1967-1969 while first located in the Federal Boulevard factory in San Diego, California.
In late 1969, production was moved to the newly built North Magnolia Avenue factory in El Cajon, California.

The version identifier is the integrated brass steel spring holder, cast as part of the right frame butt
end bolster and visible by a very thin off-centered line. The variation is identified by the inverted
BUCK logo stamped on the left side blade tang and the bolster pin locations listed below
each knife.  The USA was added to the logo stamp in 1967 for sales in Canada.


The frames were cast in brass. The satin finished clip point blade is made of 440C
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

Federal Boulevard Factory



Variation One (V3V1) 1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V2T1
Tang stamp has a dot after the BUCK* logo.




Variation Two (V3V2) 1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V2T2




Variation Three (V3V3) 1967
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V2T3




1966 - 1969  (Sharpening Fee $2.00)

1966 - 1969

1966 - 1968
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  2 pieces, 1-1/2" tall


1966 - 1969  (Sharpening Fee $2.00)

1964 -   Angeles Souvenir
Los Angeles, CA
- 1967
1967 - Atchison Leather
Atchison, KS
- 1969



Variation Four (V3V4) 1968 - 1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on left bolster only.
Inlay Pins: None.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.  ~  GS:V2T4




Variation Five (V3V5) 1968 - 1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 3 visible on left bolster, 1 on right bolster.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.




Variation Six (V3V6) 1968 - 1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.




Variation Seven (V3V7) 1968 - 1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Rivets: 2 standard sized, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, no head.




Variation Eight (V3V8) 1968 -1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, may be headed.




Variation Nine (V3V9) 1968 - 1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, may be headed.  ~  GS:V2T5




Variation Ten (V3V10) 1968 - 1970
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: None.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, may be headed.




1968 - 1969
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  2 pieces, 2" tall
Same color and feel as 1964-1968 box.  Boxes are shaped and glued, not folded.

1969 - 1970
Standard Paper Box Corp, Los Angeles  ~  2 pieces, 2" tall
Tan glossy surface w/simulated texture on the exterior and matching tray.

1969 - 1970  (PO Box 1267)
1969 - 1971  (Sharpening Fee $2.00)

1969 - 1971  (1717 North Magnolia)

 
1967 - Atchison Leather
Atchison, KS
- 1969
1969 - Buck Leather Shop - 1972 +

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **








Produced about 1970-1972 while located in the North Magnolia Avenue factory in El Cajon, California.

The version identifier is the 1/8" brass steel spring holder located between the frames butt
end bolsters. The variation is identified by the two-line inverted BUCK logo stamped
on the left side blade tang and the bolster pin locations listed below each knife.


These frames were the first forged in brass. The satin finished clip point blade is made
of 440C hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

North Magnolia Avenue Factory



Variation One (V4V1) 1970 - 1972
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny or small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Brass, may be headed.  ~  GS:V3T1




Buckarta Prototype (Black Micarta) 1970 - 1972




Variation Two (V4V2) 1970 - 1972
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny or small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V3T2




1970 - 1972
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  2 pieces, 2" tall
Creme glossy surface w/simulated texture on the exterior and a white glossy interior tray.



1971 - 1972  (Line #5 capitalized and text added to right margin)

1972 - 1973  (First Date Code 3-72)

 
1969 - Buck Leather Shop - 1972 +

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **








Produced from about 1970 through 1980 while located in the North Magnolia Avenue factory in El Cajon, California.

The version identifier is the 1/8" stainless steel spring holder located between the frames butt end bolsters.
The variation is initially identified by the inverted two-line BUCK logo stamped on the left side blade
tang, the 110 model number makes its first appearance with the addition of a third line in 1972.

Further version identification is made with the bolster pin locations listed below each knife.

The frames were forged in brass until 1974, and with the first 'Two Dot' model, the frames
are
now sintered with powdered brass. The satin finished clip point blade is made of
440C
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

North Magnolia Avenue Factory



Variation One (V5V1) 1970 - 1972
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V3T3




Variation Two (V5V2) 1972
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 tiny, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V3T5



Variation Three (V5V3) 1972 - 1974
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V3T4




Variation Four (V5V4) 1974
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 2 small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.

V3/V4 grind plunge line with a V5 kick.




Variation Five (V5V5) 1974
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Rivets: 2 small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V4T1




1972 - 1977
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  2 pieces, 2" tall
Creme matte surface w/simulated texture on the exterior and a white matte interior tray.

1972 - 1976  (First Date Code 4-4-72)



1973 - 1976  (1/73)

   
1972 -  Buck Leather Shop  - 1976



The Al Buck inserts began in 1976



Variation Six (V5V6) 1974 - 1977
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Rivets: 4 small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V4T2




Variation Seven (V5V7) 1974 - 1977
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Pins: 3 small headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V4T3




1976 - 1977  (10/76)

1976 - 1977  (10/76)







Variation Eight (V5V8) 1977 - 1980
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Rivets: 3 large headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.  ~  GS:V4T4



Variation Nine (V5V9) 1977 - 1980
Blade Rivet: 1 visible on both bolsters.  ~  Butt Rivets: 2 visible on both bolsters.
Inlay Rivets: 3 large headed, brass.  ~  Rocker Rivet: Stainless steel, headed.

Elongated BUCK logo.  ~  Butt end inlay rivets nearer to centerline.




1977 - 1980
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  1 piece clamshell, 2" tall


1977 - 1978  (4/77)

1977 - 1978  (4/77)

1964 - 1968  1969 - 1970 1970 - 1972 1972 - 1977+
Box company logos hidden inside folds.

1977 - 1978  (SH-304)
1978  (4/78)

1977 - 1978  (SH-309)

1978  (4/78)


1978 - 1980  (6/78)

1979 - 1980  (12/78)
 









   
1976 -  Buck Leather Shop  - 1980 +

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **




Changed to 'Chairman' after June 1979 and used throughout the 1980s








Up to late 1980, production was still taking place at the North Magnolia Avenue factory in El Cajon, California.
Production later moved to the new Weld Boulevard factory in El Cajon, California
in August 1980.

The version identifier remains the 1/8" stainless steel spring holder located between the frames butt end
bolsters. A modification inserting a new bushing to the blade hinge pin brought on the inclusion of a third
dot to the tang logo. The version is further identified by the three-line BUCK 110 logo stamped on the
left side blade tang with one dot located to the left of the 110 and two dots on the right.

 
The frames were sintered with powdered brass. The satin finished clip point blade is made
of 440C
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

Weld Boulevard Factory



Variation One (V6V1) 1980 - 1981
GS:V4T5




1980 - 1984
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  1 piece clamshell, 2" tall


1980 - 1981 (1/ 80)
1981 - 1985  (4/81)




 

1980 -  Buck Leather Shop  - 1986 +

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **








Produced about 1981-1986 while located in the Weld Boulevard factory in El Cajon, California.

The version identifier remains the 1/8" stainless steel spring holder located between the frames butt end
bolsters
. The version is further identified by the three-line BUCK 110 logo stamped on the left side
blade tang with two dots located to the left of the 110 and two dots on the right.


The frames were sintered with powdered brass. The satin finished clip point blade is now made
of 425M
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.

Weld Boulevard Factory



Variation One (V7V1) 1981 - 1983
Squared bolsters most common, but can be found with modest radius edge.  ~  GS:V4T6



Variation Two (V7V2) 1983 - 1986
Modest radius edge on bolsters and handles.  ~  GS:V4T7




Variation Three (V7V3) 1984 - 1986
Prominent radius edge on bolsters and handles, identical to that on todays 110s. 




1984 - 1986 +
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  1 piece clamshell, 2" tall

1981 - 1985  (4/81)
1980 -  Buck Leather Shop  - 1986 +



 




Used throughout the 1980s




1985 - 1986  (7/85)


 








1980 - 1986 +
Buck Leather Shop
1982
Shadow Sheath
1981 - 1983
for Classic I

** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **








Produced about 1982-1986 while located in the Weld Boulevard factory in El Cajon, California.

We see the first offering of the 110FG on the 1982 dealer catalog order forms, but not shown in the catalog.
The 1983 catalog has the first appearance of production models with the finger-grooved handles.

The version identifier remains the 1/8" stainless steel spring holder located between the frames butt end
bolsters
. The version is further identified by the three-line BUCK 110 logo stamped on the left side
blade tang with two dots located to the left of the 110 and two dots on the right.


The frames were sintered with powdered brass. The satin finished clip point blade is now made
of 425M
hand-rolled steel. The inlays are Macassar Ebony imported from Indonesia.



Hunter-Grooved (110FG) 1982 - 1986 +




1983 - 1984
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  1 piece clamshell, 2" tall

1981 - 1985  (4/81)
Buck Leather Shop






 





Used throughout the 1980s



1984 - 1986 +
San Diego Paper Box Co.  ~  1 piece clamshell, 2" tall


1985 - 1986  (7/85)


 







Buck Leather Shop
** All dates are approximate.  There were no specific records kept before date codes. **



Used throughout the 1980s

In use prior to 1991







110 IDENTIFICATION






110 LOGO STAMPS

Over its 22 year course, the logo stamp went through several changes until the adoption of new date codes
in
1986. There are some very clear changes over time if you look really close at the minute details.
There are 10 variations before the addition of the 110 model number in 1972. There may come a
time you get your hands on a really nice vintage model and cannot make out the rivet locations
to identify the exact variation. With the samples below you will be able to narrow it down.

1964 - 1965 Etched Pre-1967 Pre-1967 1967 (A) 1967 (B) 1967 (C)
1967 (D) 1968 - 1970 1970 - 1972 (A) 1970 - 1972 (B) 1972 1972 - 1974 (A)
1972 - 1974 (B) 1974 1974 - 1977 1977 - 1980 1980 - 1981 1981 - 1986
Identifying 110s after Version Seven

Click on the photo to the right for a
larger version of date codes after 1985.
1984 - 1986 1984 - 1986







ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS



Buck Knives, Inc. 25th Anniversary 1986




Buck Knives, Inc. 25th Anniversary 1987




H.H. Buck Blacksmith 1988




Model 110 25th Anniversary 1988




H.H. Buck Blacksmith 100th Anniversay 2002




Buck Knives 100th Anniversary 2002




Buck Knives 100th Anniversary 2002
Limited Edition of 1,800 produced for Smoky Mountain Knife Works




Buck Knives 100th Anniversary 2002




Model 110 40th Anniversary 2004
Limited Edition produced for Smoky Mountain Knife Works




Al Buck Founder's Edition 2005




Post Falls 5th Anniversary 2009




Model 110 50th Anniversary 2013
Limited Edition produced for Smoky Mountain Knife Works




Model 110 50th Anniversary 2014




Model 110 50th Anniversary 2014
With hand engraved signature by Chuck Buck








PERSONAL FAVORITES




The Classic I, Variation One (111V1) 1981
Wave swirl left of engraved BUCK logo on left butt end.
Untextured center banner.



The Classic I, Variation Two (111V2) 1981 - 1983
Flower blossom left of the engraved BUCK logo on left butt end.
Linen textured center banner.



Buck Liberty Model 825 1986
Medallion insert made from copper removed during Statue of Liberty restoration - Limited Edition



Matco Tools Racing - Eddie & Ercie Hill 1997
Cased Limited Edition of 1,500



Buck Factory Visit Series 2000
El Cajon, California



Build Out 2002



Chuck Buck Signature Series 2003
With hand engraved signature by Chuck Buck



El Cajon Factory Last Production Year 2004




Buck Knives Factory Relocation 110/112 Trapper 2005
Limited Edition of 1,300 produced for Smoky Mountain Knife Works.



Buck Knives From California to Idaho 2006
Limited Edition of 500



110 Nickel-Silver 2007 **




110 Ecolite 2013
Very rare Cabernet Paperstone with first run 50th Anniversary Blade



50th Anniversary 2014 **
First Production Run Limited Edition



Build Out w/2009 Blade 2015 **




Kenneth Enright / Altamont 2018




110 Pro 2019 **
Custom Woolly Mammoth Molar Scales by Don Seals, 2020



110 Auto Elite 2020 **




Post Falls 15th Anniversary 2020 **



Transparent 110 2021
Custom Lucite Frames by Jerad Gilmar, 2021



** Excuse the lack of polish, these are part of my 'Every Day Carry'. (EDC)



My very first 110, purchased in August 1977, when I was 12.
Passed on to my nephew 43 years later in August 2020.







DOWNLOADS




Printable Model Timeline Checklist, 2020

110 Collection Photo, 2020







WANTED

V1V2 V2V1
V3V5 V3V6

1964 Sheath



EXTRAS FOR TRADE
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V5V5 V5V5
111V1 w/sheath 111V2 w/sheath







CONTACT ME

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SPECIAL THANKS

... to Vern Taylor, George Stinzel, and Joe Houser for their previous
sharing of 110 information that further inspired my own collecting.

Thanks as well to all the fellow collectors who have been asking for this
source of information, which brought me to create this webpage.








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