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Having recently endured a cervical vertebrectomy, (removal of discs and bone, replaced with bone grafts & SS plates leaving my spinal cord exposed until the grafts grow in), I wondered if the surgeon had cut out the part of me that addictively purchases collectible pocket knives? I got my answer today with the arrival of a 1990 Buck #314 Buckbone Trapper. My neck seems to be healing up well, but the urge to practice retail therapy remains. I already have a #312 Buckbone Mini Trapper from the same year, so to my diseased mind it only made sense to obtain a stablemate for that knife. In my opinion the 1990's were the epitome of Buck's in-house production, so lately I have been concentrating on that era in my collecting. As opposed to the earlier Camillus-made 300 Series models which were good but not spectacular, (flat ground blades one and all), these in-house versions had beautiful hollow ground blades and were of splendid quality in every aspect. Buck made several models with the "Buckbone" moniker during that period of time, and eventually I would like to add as many of those to my collection as I can, (there were #305 Lancer, #303 Cadet, #309 Companion, and #301 Stockmans made in Buckbone during that era also). Buck changed the blade grind and construction methods of their in-house 300 Series models in the early 2000's, but in my opinion their very best work happened in San Diego during the 90's.
As you can see there are slight differences in the color of the bone between the two models, but that is to be expected with natural materials like bone. Both of these knives are in perfect condition with no signs of wear to be found anywhere, and both are factory sharp. Both of these will be behind glass in a case on my shelf with my Buck SFO's.
Well, as I sit here grounded from even riding in a vehicle for a couple more months, (to protect my spine as bone grafts grow in), I will try my best to not go broke buying knives off of the internet, but as I found out today that part of my anatomy wasn't removed, so I guess I'll have to practice some discipline, (ha, yeah sure). Here are photos of that beautiful new knife and a family photo with it's little brother.
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