There was a time in cleaning game that I would employ some low-budget hunting knife or the sharpest utensil I could find in the kitchen. It sufficed for a while.
Then one year I received a new knife for Christmas. I quickly admired the knife’s ergonomic handle, sharp blade and fine looks. It was a new, large, drop-point folding knife made by Buck. What surprised me about the knife was not how practical and reliable it would become. I have since dressed a number of birds and a few deer with it, but I expected it to work well since I’ve long heard of the reputation Buck has with cutlery.
Instead, for whatever reason when I first opened the box, I paused to read the little papers folded tightly around the knife. What I read impressed me a great deal. The Buck family proudly prints a statement of faith in God on their package inserts. It’s also found on their website (www.buckknives.com) under the heading “Why Buck” and “Message from the Bucks.”
This message from Al Buck from 1976, mentions how that from the beginning of the company, the Buck family made “God the Senior Partner.” I have an affinity for a number of different knife companies. But this small yet significant discovery for me during Christmas some years ago was unforgettable.
Al Buck’s statement, I think, reflects the trustworthiness, commitment and integrity found in the company and how they maintain a loyalty to their customers. Al’s father, Hoyt, started the company in 1902. Not only was Hoyt a native Kansan like me, he was a fellow Christian and obviously made a tremendous impact on his descendants about how to keep the company going and how to keep the faith.
So, the next time you purchase a Buck knife, read the fine print. You may just be impressed.