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View Poll Results: Which brand is better in the $20 to $40 category?
Buck 32 62.75%
Gerber 19 37.25%
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Old 02-23-2004, 07:20 PM
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Buck vs. Gerber

I am thinking about buying a new knife and have looked at both Buck and Gerber knives. I own a couple of each already, but the smaller ones all have serated edges that I don't like for breasting geese and the bigger Buck knife I have with a straight edge is too big.

I am already leaning one way, but am interested in who you guys think makes a better knife in the $20 to $40 range.

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Old 02-23-2004, 08:52 PM
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I've always liked the Buck. It's hard to get an edge on it, but once you do, it lasts. With a new one it's alot easier to keep up on it too.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:05 PM
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Love Buck knives! Excellent customer service also!
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:58 PM
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Take a look at the Gerber LST. It's a folder - blade's about 2 3/4 inches- with a synthetic handle. It's flat, fits in your pocket very nicely, and weighs very little.
You'll be surprised how comfortable the handle is, and how tough the knife is. I use it to field dress deer, and I have cut thru the ribcage and the pelvis of a deer with it, too. Didn't hurt it a bit. (someone said it was impossible with 'that little bitty folder' )
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Old 02-23-2004, 10:36 PM
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Fabs,

Both are excellent knives. I owned but lost an excellent Gerber folder. About a 3" drop point. Excellent knife for gutting and skinning

My main knife now is a old Buck Lite Folder. Blades about 3" long. Some type of plastic handle. Locking blade. Clip point blade. I like it cause its small enough to carry easily put big enough to gut and skin a deer. I also have the normal Buck folder model I believe 110. Overall bigger than the Lite but does all the chores I have every asked of it.

I would suggest you give it the feel test and find what suits your needs the best. Chances are you'll end up with a Buck.

I got my Son In Law a SOG for christmas. Might want to look at them also. As you can see I like folders.
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Old 02-24-2004, 07:32 AM
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For the most part, I am looking for a knife to breast geese with. I have two folders right now, a Gerber and a Buck. The Buck came free with a knife sharpening kit that I bought to sharpen the Gerber. I have had the Gerber for about 6 or 7 years now, but the Buck knife seems to be sharper than the Gerber. Maybe it is because it is newer. However, I have sharpened both of them. I don't like either of them for breasting geese because both of them are serrated.

I am looking for a non-serrated blade and have actually been thinking about the non-folder from Buck. I saw it at a store the other day and really like it. However, I don't want to buy something that is going to lose its edge in a month or less.
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Old 02-24-2004, 07:40 PM
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I don't know how much you've used that free buck knife, but, if it seems sharper and you have used it quite a bit then that would prove that the buck holds the edge longer. I've had mine for at least 12 years and it's still the one I use most.
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Old 02-25-2004, 02:18 PM
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Hey Fabs

Although I do typically carry a Cabelas guide series folder into the field for deer field dressing duty, you may want to take a look at the non-folding fixed blade variety for your bird breasting duties. Since using fixed blades to breast geese a few years ago, I haven't looked back. There was a really slick looking fixed blade, (I believe it was Gerber) knife featured in January's Field and Stream Best of the Best Gear issue. If memory serves correctly, I believe it was in the $50.00 category. Something you might want to check out.
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Old 02-25-2004, 05:43 PM
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My absolute favorite knife has to be my trusty USMC KaBar.
It has done everything asked and never failed!


P.S. They still make them. $39.95. A good deal in todays economy.
P.S.S. Sharpen the false edge at the tip. It makes the best bung-hole
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Old 02-25-2004, 05:57 PM
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Buck or Gerber? Come on, there's more choices out there. Not that they are bad but open up your selection. Just what style blade are you looking for?
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Old 02-25-2004, 06:23 PM
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My favorite knife for breasting out ducks and geese is a short bladed fillet knife. I've been using a Buck for about 4 years, think I'll stay with it.
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Old 03-13-2004, 05:34 PM
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Soooooooo.... Did you decide which knife (if either)?
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Old 03-13-2004, 09:46 PM
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I ended up getting a Buck with a fixed blade, but am thinking about getting another Gerber folder without the serrations. One can never have enough guns, knives, or rods. I guess I can toss ammo and bait in there too.

The Buck knife has a little skinner on it too to make skinning the deer a little easier. However, I have no idea how a person is supposed to sharpen that thing. I might just have to take my Dremel tool to it with the chainsaw sharpening bit on it.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:13 AM
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I use Gerber as a work knife, and the multitool.
My hunting knife is a Buck Vanguard with the ruber grip
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:49 AM
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I have two Gerbers, a Gerber multi tool, a Huntchat multi tool, and three buck knives now.
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