Amatuer Buck 110 Custom Project -1/10/2014 Update

As some of you may know, recently I have caught the 110 bug. I've been buying older used 110's on eBay out of curiosity. 

Well, I love these knives. They're easy to re-furbish, re-task and the variations of handles are countless. 

This project will consist of a complete tear down, cleaning, New Damascus blade and scales. Plus, re-tasking the old blade into a usable fixed blade. This blog will be updated as the project progresses. 

2/12/13 The Spanish Lace Damascus blade arrived from Idaho, so I was in a hurry to get the existing blade out of it's home of 30+ years. The bushing insert was a breeze with an Arbor Press. Mr. Leavitt's tolerances are exacting to Buck's Mfg.

2/13/13 After further inspection of the frame the day before, I decided a full tear down was necessary to accommodate the new blade and scales. This photo is complete with every part except the pivot bushing.

Right now I have the brass parts soaking in hot water to break up the 30+ years of dirt and grime. Times like this I wish I had a blast cabinet.

2/14/13  Well today I found a little time to clean up the brass and rough cut a couple of set of scales. I have a set of Redheart wood and a set of Cocobolo.

Which set do you think I like?

2/21/2013  Well I didn't like the Cocobolo Set picture above, so I made some new ones and these are much better I think.

I will try and pin the frame together if time permits

2/22/2013  I loosely pinned the frame together this morning and did something I shouldn't have. I took another look at my handle options. Big mistake, I really like both options. The Cocobolo pictured above is great, but how dark will it get over time. Will it end up looking like the original scales? Now the Redheart wood is another story, I am unfamiliar with the aging characteristics of this wood. But it looks really good with blade, it doesn't overpower the damascus. These are good problems to have. Changed the picture to show the Red heart wood with Mineral oil application, plus I am adding a pic of the Cocobolo with the same treatment.

I will delay pinning the frame together until this is resolved.

2/28/2013  Finally had some time to get this part done. I had used a technique to re-pin this knife together that involves Wax paper being placed between the bolsters and rotating parts. It is still really tight on the opening and closing, but as soon as that wax paper surrenders itself from the pivot points, it will be fine. I didn't get pics of the wax paper before I set the brass pins. Maybe next time.

As you can see, I have decided to hide the Lockbar pin under the scales. A steel pin in the middle of that piece of natural art would have been an abomination.

I also had time to weld a Stainless steel tang blank on the original blade.  I have already had the cutting edge repaired by Luke at the Knife Gallery in the Orange Mall.I left the pivot hole to use for pinning whatever handle I decide to use later

I would like to use Elk antler/bone, as this blade was beat to hell for 40 years dressing that kind of game. I was thinking of gifting it back to the gentleman who sold me the 110 for $8.00. I'll wait and see how it turns out first.

3/2/2013  Putzing around the shop this morning & I decided to get some more of this done. Polished out the bolsters and got the scales closer to the frame profile. This is as far as I got.

I am going to love this knife when I am done. I may sell/donate my next effort though.

3/22/2013  Jan was so right about the Redheart wood, it turned out beautiful. Not to mention it was easier to work with than Cocobolo. My next 110 custom will have the Cocobolo, I figured out the fine tuning of the scale fitting technique.

Here is the finished product of my 1st Custom/Modified Buck 110:

As soon as my Bro-n-law in Colorado sends me some of the Elk antler, I can get a handle on the original blade and call this project finished.

1/4/2014 - Stag is here and I decided on a piece to use. I modified the blade extension I welded on months ago. I am going to use a 1/16" thick piece of 301 1/2 Hard Stainless as a guard because it was handy. Monday I will have my talented welder tack the guard to the blade and I will continue from there. Here are a couple of pics of initial fitting.


On Tuesday I applied 2 layers of Yellow vulcanized paper liners between the Stag distal taper and Stainless plate the blade is welded to and drilled a 1/8" hole for the brass rod that will keep the blade in check if the epoxy should fail(not likely). After all that was done I dumped more than enough epoxy in the tang hole, inserted the tang, set the brass rod and waited until this morning. 

Final finishing involved grinding off the excess blade plate and a thorough buffing of the entire knife. This is what I ended up with, pretty nice knife for the guy that sold me the 110. My next re-purpose 110 blade will have the exotic materials and spacers everyone suggested for this one.

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Tags: 110, Buck, Custom, Damascus, Disassembly, re-blade, re-purpose, stag

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Comment by Max McGruder on February 14, 2013 at 18:25

I like the CocoBolo myself! The blade fit up great in the mock up! Heck with a nail nick just another place for dirt to hide!

Comment by Craig Henry on February 14, 2013 at 16:24

I don't remember ever using the nail nick to open blades on lockback folding hunters. It always seemed to me to be plenty of blade to grab, even with the regular blade.

Comment by Brad T. on February 14, 2013 at 10:20


I fit all the necessary parts together to investigate the nail knick issue or lack thereof. Being that the blade is of the Drop point variety, there is a lot of exposed blade spine to grip.

Comment by Brad T. on February 13, 2013 at 20:19
I didn't even notice the lack of a nail nick. I will look into that tomorrow.
Comment by Ron Cooper on February 13, 2013 at 18:07

No nail nick on the Damascus blade? I guess that new blade shape will allow for a kind of Easy Opener, huh?

Comment by Craig Henry on February 13, 2013 at 17:27

Cool project Brad!! I'll be anxious to see the progress! And that new blade looks great!

Comment by Max McGruder on February 13, 2013 at 16:45

Wow, Very Nice blade! I like the Saber type with the Drop Point to it!  Very Nice!

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