From 76 to 96 I carried a Buck in a sheath on my belt along with a mini mag most everyday on ships. We all did. Didn't even realize the different models we all got them at the ships store or exchange on base. They went through hell every day scraping flanges, cutting gasket and packing material, etc. Some would work the rivets loose so they could open them with a snap of the wrist. Mine wore that way eventually, it was a badge of honor and right of passage.
Didn't even realize that there are so many Buck models. Looks like all of ours were the 112. Still have it in the sheath in the reloading room under the bench. The brass plates at both ends aren't as shiny as the ones on the Buck website LOL.
Last Saturday was shooting at a heated indoor 5 stand and the puller who just graduated HS last year asked if anyone had a knife as he was setting up. All of us waiting to shoot pulled one out of our pocket and his eyes got big and he made a comment. Think the youngest one of us is ~55 or so.
There aren’t many knives made the the USA. Glad to see Buck still making a great product here.
My everyday carry is a Case (Bradford, Pa.). At the cabin grouse hunting a few years ago
Was hoping for carbon steel but they sent stainless instead. Turns out that is OK.
Edit: Just went back to the Buck website, not that I need another knife but....
Yes it is the 112 and now I know why:
It all began with the 110 Folding Hunter. The 110 could be found on a lot of sailor's belts in the Navy. One day, a couple of sailors got into a fight and the 110 Folding Hunter was used. As a result, the captain issued a decree that knives carried could not have a blade length of a certain size. The 110 ended up being too long, so Buck knives took the initiative and created the ranger, a smaller version of the 110.