Review: Buck 480 Fixed Blade Drop Point Knife

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Buck 480 Fixed Blade Drop Point Knife

QUICK & DIRTY:

Just $8.95 USD for this???  Heck yeah!  I'd do it again and, in fact, I have bought more to gift to family members. Some Googling revealed the closest price I found for the exact same knife elsewhere is $28. FastTech does it again with their amazing pricing. Get it while you can!

YAYS:

  • Incredible knife for the money
  • Extremely stout and well made
  • Thick, comfortable, real wood handle
  • Arrived fairly sharp
  • Full tang, thick blade with very practical blade profile for hunting, camping, or working in the back yard.
  • Decent sheath with protective insert to protect the stitching from the blade edge.

NAYS:

  • A couple small scratches in the blade and handle but nothing that can't be buffed and/or sanded out.
  • Gimping is a little rough but definitely looks like it was done by hand and not cut out in a laser CNC cutter.  Adds character though. Wink
Aesthetic
COLORSilver
Classification
FORM FACTORFixed
Knives
BLADE EDGE TYPEFine
BLADE TYPEDrop Point
Manufacturer
BRANDBUCK
Package
PACKAGE TYPERetail
Accessories includedSheath and bottle of oil
Dimensionsus | metric
DEPTH21 mm
HEIGHT195 mm
WIDTH38 mm
BLADE LENGTH85 mm
PRODUCT WEIGHT191 g
Product Numbers
FASTTECH SKU 1208201
Purchased from FastTech.com
Price Paid $8.95 USD

DETAILS AND OPINIONS

I bought this knife along with a Ganzo 712 on 4/15 and it was in my hands on 5/2.  Easily one of the most anticipated packages I've received from Fasttech, it didn't disappoint with either knife.  The Buck 480 arrived in a thin, yellow and black cardboard box that was just a little crushed on one side from the trip to the States inside a padded envelope.

Packed along with the knife and sheath was a small bottle of light machine oil.  A nice little surprise not mentioned in the product description on FastTech's webpage.

The working end of the knife is a very stout drop point blade.  The Elk hoove prints in the blade are laser cut and clean and crisp.  There are a few very fine scratches that can be seen in the pic below especially if you click the pic and go to the original photo.  The blade arrived sharp but not shaving sharp.  Not a lot of knives do in my experience.

Along with the hoove prints is a deeply etched "BUCK" logo and a laser etched logo for the "Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation".  Stamped near the handle is "480" signifying the model number of the knife. The blade is made of 8Cr13Mov steel with a 59HRC.

The opposite side of the blade we can see another stamping informing us this knife was made in China.

Aside from a few tiny rough spots, this is a damned hansome blade!

The handle is made from real wood (I don't know the type) and is contoured very nicely for a comfortable, secure grip.  It also looks pretty good, too.  My example had a few little scratches on the same side of the knife that had a few scratches on the blade.  Most likely mine was scuffed during manufacturing after it was assembled anddetailed.  It really doesn't bother me for what little price I paid.  It'll have worse in short order after I use it a few times I'm sure. Wink

The scales are contoured and shaped to the blade after being mounted on the blade.  it gives a nice feeling that the handle is just one piece of material.

The gimping is the only real rough area of the knife.  it looks like it was hand filed into the blade.  It's not horrible or a deal breaker but you can definitely tell it is not completely laser cut from the steel blank.  It is actually nice in a way to know that it is really hand finished and not entirely machine made like some knives.  It would be nicer if the craftsmanship on such little details was better but what can you really expect for less than $9 shipped.  I would expect better from a $100 or even a $50 knife but really...how the heck can they even sell this for $9 and make money?

The rest of the knife is very nice and clean.  The wood scales are nicely polished.  I did have to clean out some very fine sawdust from inside the screw holes in the handle.

Nice grain and a real good color IMO.

The sheath is not the worse I've seen but not the best either.  It is simply ok and that's enough for it to be.  Aside from a few stray threads poking out here and there it's really pretty good.  Another logo, this time embroidered, for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation can be seen on the front of the sheath.

On the back you can see the simple belt loop.  This loop is the only really cheap looking part of the sheath.  It will work just fine and the stitching is solid, it just feels like it could be a bit thicker.

Stitched into the sheath is a plastic blade guard to protect the nylon material and stitching from getting cut when inserting/removing the blade.  It provides a very nice secure grip on the blade while letting it slide in and out smoothly.

CONCLUSION

Mac Approved and recommended! A real great price for a real great knife and it's a steel steal at $8.95.  Is it a genuine Buck?  Not really sure.  Do I care?  No.  I am sure that it's a pretty nice knife at twice the asking price.  It makes a great, compact hunting and camping knife that could be used for skinning or any cutting task you might throw at it. 

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Thanks for sharing , JohnnyMac

Well he wanted some deer meat for dinner

so he went out and bought him a skinner

The knife was a Buck

and it was his luck

when he wore it it made him look thinner

that the cute little gal was a spinner

if you know what I mean you're a sinner

that it turned out to be quite a winner

 

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jacktheclipper wrote:Well he

jacktheclipper wrote:

Well he wanted some deer meat for dinner

so he went out and bought him a skinner

The knife was a Buck

and it was his luck

when he wore it it made him look thinner

that the cute little gal was a spinner

if know know what I mean you're a sinner

that it turned out to be quite a winner

 

ROFL!  

when he wore it it made him look thinner

that the cute little gal was a spinner

if know know what I mean you're a sinner

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Great Review!

I liked the review but I have to question the steel. I am not familiar with 480 stainless. I am familiar with the 480 specification for stainless.

As long as it does the job, the cheapest knife works. I know that heat treat along with blade steel is what give you a great or not-so-great knife. I use $10 machetes all the time that hold an edge and work great. Mora of Sweden makes fabulous knives for less than $20 that you can bet your life on.

It’s a nice looking knife but I just have to wonder if a butter knife sharpened on a rock would work (but not look) as well.

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Thanks for the great review;

Thanks for the great review; feeling clairvoyant, I see one in my near future Cool

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That’s a killer-looking

That’s a killer-looking knife, Johnny. Great review! Crazy

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adnj wrote:I liked the review

adnj wrote:
I liked the review but I have to question the steel. I am not familiar with 480 stainless. I am familiar with the 480 specification for stainless. As long as it does the job, the cheapest knife works. I know that heat treat along with blade steel is what give you a great or not-so-great knife. I use $10 machetes all the time that hold an edge and work great. Mora of Sweden makes fabulous knives for less than $20 that you can bet your life on. It's a nice looking knife but I just have to wonder if a butter knife sharpened on a rock would work (but not look) as well.
What you said really got me thinking about the 480 on the blade. I did think it was the type of steel used so I searched for "Buck 480" and discovered that 480 is the model number of the knife. Finding the same knife on other sites with better detail reveal the steel to be 8Cr13Mov with 59 HRC. Not the finest steel but good steel and well tempered to rate 59HRC.

BTW, the closest price I could find on the exact knife is $28 USD.  Fasttech does it again with an amazing price!

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You guys are quite the poets!

You guys are quite the poets! Keep at it and you’ll be writing a book amongst the best sellers. Big smile

Looks like a great skinner for the price. Have you tried to sharpen it yet?

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I wonder the same as

I wonder the same as FlashPilot…have you tried to sharpen it yet? I want to know if my spyderco sharpmaker will get this thing shaving-ready Smile

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I don’t look down at 8Cr13Mov

I don’t look down at 8Cr13Mov – it’s a lot like 440C. They are both steels with lots of potential but only if you temper it properly.

I just don’t know if the temper is right. Some of the Chinese knives I have seen are good and some not; even the same models from the same manufacturer. It’s like buying a Chrysler in the 80’s.

So far as sharpening with a Sharpmaker; if the profile is done right, you can get it sharp. The Tenacious (I have 4), Persistence, Resilience (I have 2), et al., use 8Cr13Mov and mine have all been on a Sharpmaker.

If it works out well, it’s a good blade and I say use it.

JohnnyMac wrote:
…Finding the same knife on other sites with better detail reveal the steel to be 8Cr13Mov with 59 HRC. Not the finest steel but good steel and well tempered to rate 59HRC.

BTW, the closest price I could find on the exact knife is $28 USD.  Fasttech does it again with an amazing price!

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I’ve just ordered a Cara Cara

I’ve just ordered a Cara Cara 2, for no particular reason other than I was curious about it. It seems almost identical to my Endura 4 other than the blade steel.

I think I can assume that any steel done by Sanrenmu for Spyderco will be heat treated correctly.

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C’mon Johnny, don’t do this

C’mon Johnny, don’t do this to me…

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Itinifni wrote:C'mon Johnny,

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C'mon Johnny, don't do this to me...
Sorry, man... For $8 how can you possibly not??  LOL

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Yea, that’s what I’m saying,

Yea, that’s what I’m saying, and I just placed an order with FT last night.

By the way, I love Buck knives. I have a BuckLite that I bought at the BX when I was in the Air Force some 30 years ago. It’s been to hell and back and still as good as the day it was new.

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Found one on Ali for $6.45,

Found one on Ali for $6.45, so bought one to get a feel of.

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Ok, you win

I held off for a few hours but just ordered. That’s it, just one knife. There’s nothing you and your shiny trinket, arm shaving cronies can do to make me buy another.

I’m done, finished, hecho, hotovo, fait!

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Freman wrote:Found one on Ali

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Found one on Ali for $6.45, so bought one to get a feel of.

It arrived. It is a nice knife for an insignificant amount of money.

If I ever want a knife for a gift this would do nicely.

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Thanks for the review JM I

Thanks for the review JM I ordered 2 of them and the other Buck knife.

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Thanks for review, JM. I got

Thanks for review, JM. I got two today, very good quality and they are really nicely sharpened.

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I really like the look and

I really like the look and design.

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thanks Johnny . ordered 2

thanks Johnny . ordered 2 ..... 

in other sites they sell with a different sheath Smile



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Thanks. I’ve been eyeing that

Thanks. I’ve been eyeing that one as I work my way through Fasttech’s knife inventory. I have the “Buck 009” I just got and a Strider copy on the way.

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this sells for $58 in New zealand LOL
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Buck 480 Rocky Mountain Elk Drop Point Knife Fixed Blade Rosewood Handle http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Sports_Outdoors/Buck-480-Rocky-Mountain-Elk-Drop-Point-Knife-Fixed-Blade-Rosewood-Handle/9999486192388

 
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Buck 480 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Survival Hunting Knife

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation limited edition. Total length is 20.5cm. Full tang. The Rocky Mountain Elk trade mark on the blade and the sheath.

Specifications:

Full Length: 20.5 CM

Blade Length: 9.8 CM

Blade Thickness: 3.5 MM

Hardness: 58 HRC

Weight: 275 g

Blade Material: 8Cr13

Handle Material: Rosewood
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DENGOH wrote:Thanks for

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Thanks for review, JM. I got two today, very good quality and they are really nicely sharpened.

If it passed your inspection then it must be a really good knife !lol

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I have got 2 of these so far

I have got 2 of these so far and ordered 2 more, they are awesome!!

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I wish we could buy that

I wish we could buy that leather sheath, that’s nice!!

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oh yeh leather sheath !!!

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Shaquille wrote:DENGOH

Shaquille wrote:

DENGOH wrote:
Thanks for review, JM. I got two today, very good quality and they are really nicely sharpened.

If it passed your inspection then it must be a really good knife !lol


I am very new to knife, they are my second knifes.
None of people I have asked around me can guess the price to be so low even I told them upfront they are very very cheap.
And after I told them the low price, they ask me which local shop I got them. I told them they were from HongKong by air.
Then everyone is guessing what is the cost to fabricate these knives?
I suspect they are rejected batches due to minor cosmetic defects, and FASTTECH somehow got hold on a big batch and want to clear them fast.
I gave one to my mum and she used it to cut chicken yesterday, sharper than her other knifes, maybe it is still new.

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DENGOH wrote:
Shaquille wrote:

DENGOH wrote:
Thanks for review, JM. I got two today, very good quality and they are really nicely sharpened.

If it passed your inspection then it must be a really good knife !lol

I am very new to knife, they are my second knifes. None of people I have asked around me can guess the price to be so low even I told them upfront they are very very cheap. And after I told them the low price, they ask me which local shop I got them. I told them they were from HongKong by air. Then everyone is guessing what is the cost to fabricate these knives? I suspect they are rejected batches due to minor cosmetic defects, and FASTTECH somehow got hold on a big batch and want to clear them fast. I gave one to my mum and she used it to cut chicken yesterday, sharper than her other knifes, maybe it is still new.

yah .they got tons of these stuff in china. its the worlds manufacturing base now!  il order a few more as gifts! I suspect there's a limited quantity and its going to  run out of stock soon...

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I discovered that knife

I discovered that knife probably 4yrs ago. I bought mine off ebay for like $17 shipped. Mine is perfect.

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check out this version!!!

perhaps fasttech can get this version ??? il order a few Smile

 

 

 

 

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