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Old 07-16-2010, 12:00 PM
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Just playin' with the camera and thought I'd post a picture of my Buck 639 Fieldmate!

These knives are similar to the 184 Buckmaster or the Buck 185 lite.

Never really used it....it just has that cool factor to it.
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that's a great little knife right there. perfect for small camp chores. super comfy grip and easily resharpened
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When you use the saw function, let me know how well it works. It looks good!
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this knife was in our collection for a long time...dad gave it to the owner of the land we hunt as an appreciation gift. i have big hands and always thought the handle was a biiiit little anyway. especially for no lanyard hole.
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In my pursuit of trivia the "saw" on survival knives was for "downed
piolts(sp)" to cut the canopy to exscape from aircraft. I don't know
if wood was considered. Leave it to our imagenation(sp).
That being the case in my life I've yet to need it.
For cutting wood use the correct tool, axe or saw.
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These knives are similar to the 184 Buckmaster or the Buck 185 lite.
Never seen one of those.

Yes the blade does look like a Buckmaster*. I still have an original Buckmaster that I got back when I was a teenager(25 years ago). I wrapped the bare metal handle with black cloth and sprayed it several times over with water repellent. I never really used it much. They are quite a collector now. I saw one selling for $400 on ebay awhile back. The original price was $150 back in the 80's.
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Is that a full tang knife, whats the price?
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I have one of these (since they orig. came out). Mine is a first year production and I haven't found much on them via the net so I contacted Buck and got some info for anyone interested. The steel used at the time was 425m and is about the same as the current 420HC. They started with 440 then went to 425 and now 420; something to do with the chromium amount. They wanted a high carbon content for the ruggedness but the new steel is more corrosion resistant. It's a full tang knife and I was told that if you wanted to drill a lanyard hole you'd have to drill thru hardened steel to accomplish that. IIRC he said it was basically the model 109 blade/tang with some additions which I suppose were the saw back and handle material. I for one love mine and the only weakness I can see would be the very fine tip of the blade may break if used inappropiately. It sharpens easily, throws tons of sparks and I like the feel of the handle. Hope this helps anyone interested. Clint
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I just ran across this thread. I have a Fieldmate marked 639+ with the saw teeth and OD rubber handle. I remember that day vividly in September 1988 when I purchased it from the Navy Exchange store on NAS North Island in San Diego. Can’t remember exactly the price I paid for it, but it was on sale for under $50. Total impulse buy. Saw it and had to have it. Carried it in my survival vest flying S-3 Vikings during Desert Storm. I’ve kept this knife close for over 30 years, but can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually pulled it out to use it for something. It now stands ready in my large 3 day BOB. Nice to know that they have appreciated in value, but I’m keeping mine because.... because.
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