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Shaggy 08-13-2017 01:39 AM

Anyone use a ka-bar 1189?
It's the old copy of the classic buck 110. My dad got one in an old tool box he bought, it appears new in sheath, so i assume it has some collector value. I'm tossing around using it as a daily knife, but i was wondering how it stacks up to the 110 which i just lost.

Should i carry it?(i'm rough on my toys, it will be royally abused) or should i just sell it to a collector?

Longshot725 08-13-2017 01:55 AM

If you carry it you ruin it through said abuse. If you sell it, it's gone. You have no kids to pass this on to?

$60.00 on e-bay:

Shaggy 08-13-2017 02:08 AM


Originally Posted by Longshot725 (Post 4179759)
If you carry it you ruin it through said abuse. If you sell it, it's gone. You have no kids to pass this on to?

$60.00 on e-bay:

I already searched the prices, that seems about where they are, i can get a Buck for a little cheaper, but i like to keep things sharp and sharpen my buck's every couple weeks, so i was wondering how they are about keeping an edge.

I'm still a youngish guy so i'm not too worried about passing things down someday, and i have things more important than a knife. Also my service life even on a good knife is 6 or 7 years before i break, or lose them

Longshot725 08-13-2017 02:38 AM

Perspective is everything, I have a few years on you. :wink_smal

I have no idea about the knife's edge holding ability.

jonwill 08-13-2017 05:32 AM

Only worth $60. Keep it.

Has family history. I have an "Old Timer" my dad carried. Think of him everytime I look at it

Deplorable 08-13-2017 07:36 AM

In the late 70's, I found a brass handle and wood Gerber Sportsman laying open on a backroad, probably used by someone to clean their batter connections and left laying inside the fender well and forgotten, the common fate of many a favorite knife.

It's out of that same generation and style as the 1189 and Buck 110 of the first lockback folders. It had the same lines and SS blade of those other two knives. I carried it continuously from the time I found it up until 2006 and used it for everything.

I then switched to a more modern pocket clip folder with thumb stud and am currently carrying a Blur.

No way would I ever go back to carrying the Gerber. Compared to the more modern tactical folders like the Kershaws, Benchmade and Spiderco, the Gerber sucks.

Gerber's SS was notoriously too hard back then and impossible to sharpen in the field with a stone, therefore I carried a dull knife for over thirty years. After carrying Benchmade and Kershaws, the ergonomics of those knives like the Buck and Gerber suck as well.

I recently ran across the old Gerber in the back of my safe and opened and handled it. It's not even in the same class as modern tactical folders. It's probably worth maybe $25.00 to $35.00 to a knife collector on eBay.

panzertruppe 08-13-2017 10:49 AM

I own a few,

It is what it is, a "Buck" knife.... Like lightening striking, I used it on a deer one day and man, great tool in that capacity, GREAT! Dad said, it's a "Buck" knife....

Yes it is...


bushman 08-13-2017 02:22 PM

They don't stack up to a 110 IMHO. I have had the Kabar, and it is definitely less of a knife. I have also had the Schrade LB7. I sold that too and now have four Bucks. Nothing like 'em for what they are.

0DARK30 08-13-2017 04:19 PM

Ordered Dad a buck 110 with nickel bolsters in sambar stag for Christmas, what a beauty. He loved it. I doubt it will ever be used lol hes 85.

panzertruppe 08-14-2017 12:07 AM

That's it,

Buck 110... Got it for a straight A report card when I was 12.... Dad walked out backyard where I was messing around and gave it to me... Said, "Here you go, you earned it....". Never figured out how to use this cool looking, thick bladed, hard to sharpen "Buck" knife... Had it on me, just by luck, when brother killed a deer on our property. Then I realized this is why it's called a Buck knife... 33 years later... Ha!


Highpower 08-14-2017 09:25 AM

Dunno about the Ka-Bar's but I have had the same Buck 110 that I bought new in 1972. It still works fine for me and while I try different knives from time to time, I keep going back to old faithful.

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