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Buck Knives is an American knife manufacturer founded in San Diego, California, and now located in Post Falls, Idaho. The company has a long history through five generations of the Buck family from 1902 to the present day. Buck Knives primarily manufactures sport and field knives and is credited with inventing the “folding hunting knife” and popularizing it to such a degree that the term “buck knife” has become synonymous with folding lockback knives. The Origins of Buck When Hoyt Buck was a young blacksmith’s apprentice in Kansas, he was sure there was a better way to temper steel. He developed a unique approach, helping blades hold their edge longer, and produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Using worn-out file blades to forge his knives by hand, Buck’s excellent quality blades were a hit during WWII. After the war, Al brought his father, Hoyt, to San Diego, California, where…

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