Three skeletal knives in the PakLite series are recommended based on their use on a late April-early May, 2010, black bear hunt near Kellogg, Idaho, which followed a visit to Buck’s new Post Falls factory. The bear were not cooperative. Cold weather which included snow and 50- mph winds kept them from baits at higher elevations. On the sixth day after relocating to a lower area, an average-size black bear came it. I passed on this one, thinking that one of his larger relatives would appear. None did.
The following day no bear came to the bait during daylight hours. The same average-size black bear returned on the eighth day, and I took it with a lucky (and not recommended) brain shot with a crossbow after the arrow was deflected off a limb. The hunt video is available on an older post, and an 8-minute version is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSbemqFJTjQ.
I liked the knives and appreciated that they were made in the U.S. using the same steel as some other Buck knives and subjected to the same heat-treatment process to give them a hard, sharp edge. Serious thought had also gone into the handle design; something typically lacking in skeletal knives.
I am pleased to award them Backyard Deer Hunting’s seal of approval.
A video featuring my endorsement has been posted on the Recommended Products blog. To view the video click on the first entry on the blogroll on the right-hand-side of this page. A “Guerrilla Ad” endorsing the knives is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drEw1kTr4-c&layer_token=5008701e4adb15ff.
The knives were furnished by the manufacturer.