Buck TOPS Nighthawk Knife

July 19, 2014

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Buck TOPS Nighthawk Hunting Knife

Buck has a long reputation of making good knives and the Nighthawk does not disappoint. With a 6 1/2 inch long blade and a black rubber grip wrapped around a molded nylon handle, the knife weighs ten ounces. The blade is black oxide coated 420 High Carbon stainless steel. The top of the blade is 1/4 inch thick but the blade tapers to a fine and very sharp edge. The knife is not as heavy as other thick bladed knives like the Becker BK2 and Schrade SCHF9, and while the sharp point and thin cutting edge may not stand up to heavy abuse as well as those knives, the thickness at the top of the blade makes it feel like it will last well. Balance in the hand is excellent and the grip fits well. This lighter, sharper knife might be better suited to defense purposes than the heavier knives, but it seems a nice compromise between weight and durability. A “survival” knife needs to address both bushcraft and defense purposes and this knife does both.

The inner sheath is a black plastic pocket that holds the knife loosely (consider shimming it out to retain the knife in the sheath when upside down) and the pocket is surrounded by heavy duty black nylon with MOLLE straps, a snap down strap to hold the knife in the pocket, a small outer pocket for something like a firestarter, a wide velcro belt strap, and a leg lanyard.

Note that there are two versions of this knife: the 650 has the 6 1/2 inch blade and the 655 is a shorter version with a 4 7/8 inch blade.

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