Q. Dear Gear Guy, I would like a good quality but inexpensive Buck knife. I saw the article in September 2008 about the fixed-blade knives, but my troop does not allow sheath or fixed-blade knives. What can you recommend?
—Buckless Bill, Chesterfield, Mo.
A. Hey there, Buckless. Happy to help. A nice basic folding knife from Buck would be the Bantam BLW ($24; buckknives.com). It weighs just 2.4 ounces and has a 3 1/8-inch long stainless steel blade that can be locked open so it won’t fold back on your hand while you’re using it. If you want a shorter blade or just a less expensive knife check out the Bantam BBW ($19) which comes with a 2 ¾-inch blade. One question for you now: Once you have a new Buck, we can’t call you Buckless anymore, right?