A new colorful EDC based on an American classic, the 112 Ranger, the 112 Slim possesses the same traditional features but sports a more modern look. The deep carry pocket clip is added based on the overwhelming customer demand and allows for quick and easy access in any situation. With easy one-handed opening, the 420HC stainless steel blade provides supreme edge retention and is finished with Buck’s Advanced Edge2x Blade Technology. To decrease the weight and thickness, the heavy bolster and handles are replaced with a lightweight molded nylon while still maintaining the same quality and rigidity of the original 112.
I liked the 110 Slim so much that I also bought the 112 shortly after. My one minor criticism remains the same, and that's the pivot being pinned instead of screwed together. An adjustable pivot held together with a torx or hex screw would be a very nice improvement, but I otherwise have only positive things to say about this blade. First, major props to Buck for making these available in a variety of colors instead of limiting them to the same old boring black, grey, dark "tactical" nonsense that so many other brands are caught up in. Maybe consider even MORE color options in the future? I'd love one of these in a dark forest green. Next, we have a loop-over clip that makes the 110 and 112 Slims carry super deep, while other manufacturers are making knives that cost 4 or 5 times as much that can have an inch or more sticking out of your pocket. Then we have a hollow-ground blade which is nice and thin behind the edge and cuts/slices quite well. Finally, we have the very underrated blade steel that is 420HC, which is NOT by any means a "super" steel, but still performs surprisingly well when it's properly heat treated, like how Buck does it. I find that Buck's 420HC is the perfect middle ground between edge retention and being easy to resharpen. NOT everything has to be S35VN or D2 or XHP to be relevant. Sometimes a simple, inexpensive 420HC blade can feel like a breath of fresh air, and that's exactly what the 110 and 112 Slim folders have been for me so far. They're nice, simple, well-made modern versions of classic Buck designs that have been around for decades, and will probably get a lot of carry time with me. Think of them as the inexpensive American-made counterparts to the "Endura" and "Delica" folders from Spyderco, only these actually carry much better because of the clip placement. Yes, I just said that. If you're thinking about getting one or both of them, I say go ahead and do it. You probably won't regret it.
I really like this knife, it's a perfect size for daily carry and isn't bulky or noticeable in the pocket like so many others are. The handle material feels comfortable in the hand and I'm sure it will be nearly indestructible, and having your choice in handle colors is a bonus. The removable pocket clip is very well designed, not only is it configured for deep carry, the design allows it to slip easily on & off without binding or snagging; something I can't say about other knives with clips that I own. All in all this knife is a winner, US-made, relatively inexpensive and totally usable, it doesn't get better than that!
I absolutely love the 112 Ranger. 20 some years on my hip. She is my baby! For the past few years I wanted a one-handed version. Thank you, Buck for the 112 Select. She is the answer to my EDC needs. I work for a company that does not allow knives( so I carry one). This 112 Ranger fits my bill ( concealable). Absolutely love it! Highly recommended.
At last a quality pocket knife with a removable pocket clip. Crescent tip 3 inch blade, lightweight. Perfect for everyday carry. I have looked for this type knife for years and finally Buck has made one. Thank you! Reasonably priced.
Nice weight and size but thumb stud in the wrong place
I really wanted to like this knife - I have a couple 112's, but the thumb stud is placed so far forward that you can't really open the knife with one hand. The clip is great, but this knife doesn't open easily with one hand - so why a thumb stud at all?