Buck Knives has more than 110 years of experience under their belt crafting top of the line, high quality knives. The Buck 898 Impact Knife is Buck’s first automatic knife, with the push of a button the blade swings open with simple one-handed open and close operation.
The blade, made from S30V steel is incredibly tough and true to Buck’s legacy, it sports an incredibly sharp edge and has great edge retention. Because it is double-tempered it can be hardened to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 59.5-61 and if you find it difficult to resharpen by yourself, Buck can do that for you, too, at an affordable price. The drop point style blade gives it a full bellied, strong, thick point that makes it ultra-tough and capable of both general and heavier use. And if you intend to use it for skinning out your game, the shape of the blade and the way it drops down toward the tip will minimize the risk of accidental puncturing while skinning. It’s a solid knife.
To open, grab the handle firmly then using the thumb, the user slides the safety switch until red can be seen underneath. With the safety disengaged, the thumb then slides forward to press the button directly in front of the safety switch. At the press of the button, the blade will rapidly spring open. The Impact 898 isn’t an out-the-front, stiletto style knife, rather it springs open following the same path of a traditional folder. To close, the user just presses the deployment button again and using the index finger presses on the blade until it collapses back into the handle. The safety switch can then be re-engaged to avoid accidental openings.
One of the common gripes with automatic knives is the concern that they will accidentally deploy while in the user’s pocket which could cause injury to their leg or slice their hand open if they unknowingly reached into their pocket to grab their knife. The safety switch on the Buck Impact 898 really resolves this issue. Quite simply, if you engage the safety the knife won’t be swinging open. After carrying this for quite a while, and using it pretty extensively, I have never had an issue with accidental deployments while in my pocket, even through rigorous work and movement while in my pocket.
The Buck 898 Impact Knife is also affordable, many auto knives have a hefty price tag, but you can pick this one up for $245, in tan, black or green color schemes. Check it out!