A few years back Buck released the Vantage Series of knives, and has steadily expanded the line. All knives in the series share a basic design, but are offered in different materials and sizes. For the past year, I have been carrying the Buck Vantage Avid as my every-day-carry (EDC) knife, and it has more than proven itself.
My Avid has not had it easy. I’ve used it in the mud while gardening and working in the yard, cut open countless packages, used it to help prepare food, and accidentally sent it through the washing machine. Overall it has worn well (see pictures at the bottom of the post) with a little scuffing on the blade and handle finish. The blade holds an edge well, and rarely needs sharpening.
|Edge Type||Plain (partial serrated is available)|
|Lock Type||Liner Lock|
|Deployment Mechanism||Flipper System|
|Pocket Clip Configurations||Tip Down and Up, Left and Right Handed|
|Blade Material||13C26 Sandvikâ„¢ steel|
After a year of carrying the knife, my favorite features are how quick the blade can be deployed and the pocket clip. One hand deployment is smooth and quick. A slight pressure on the flipper and a flick of the wrist is all it takes to deploy the blade. I also can’t say enough about how good the pocket clip is. It positions the knife so low in the pocket that it is easy to forget it’s even there. I haven’t had any issues with the knife falling out or sliding during use. Buck got the clip perfect. Other manufacturers should take note.
I do have one issue with the knife. Out of the box my Vantage’s blade almost touches the liner. I don’t consider this a deal breaker, but this is an issue Buck needs address. You can fix this issue yourself. All you need is an appropriately sized Torx driver.
For around $30 on Amazon, the Vantage Avid is an amazing deal. It is very sharp out of the box, can take a beating, and is a good choice for a cheap EDC knife.