Buck Knives’ Hood Punk is one hardworking fixed blade.
The outdoors industry was shaken by the sudden passing of outdoorsman Ron Hood in June of 2011, just months after the release of Buck Knives’ first collaboration with the popular and resourceful survival instructor. Their first effort was the Woods Hoodlum, a wildly successful 15.5″ fixed blade that took the cutlery industry by storm. Buck literally could not make the knife fast enough.
Fortunately there were other designs in the works between these two forces. The Hood Punk is the result of their second effort. At 11″ in overall length, the Punk may not be as big as its older sibling, but is a handful nonetheless. The 5.7″ blade—a hefty .175″ thick—is a gently sloping clip point of 5160 alloy or “carbon” steel. This non-stainless steel is easy to sharpen in the wilderness and has a dark gray powder-coated finish for corrosion resistance. The ample Micarta handle, with its attractive washed gray look, features machined grooves in the surface for enhanced purchase. An extended choil adds finger protection while a thumb ramp on the backside adds even better gripping. The handle features Buck’s patented Shock Mitigation System (SMS) to reduce shock and wasted energy when chopping or performing other tough field chores.
All of this punkery comes with a MOLLE-compatible black ballistic nylon sheath and incorporates a pouch for storing a sharpening stone, magnesium firestarter, decent sized folding knife, or whatever other survival good you may want to pack in. Suggested retail for the Hood punk is $180, and once you get your hands on this well-made fixed blade you won’t feel like you got punked!
By Pat Covert
660 S. Lochsa St.
Post Falls, ID 83854
Blade steel: 5160 alloy steel,
Blade length: 5.7″,
Overall length: 11″,
Weight: 7.4 ounces,
Handle: Linen Micarta,
Sheath: MOLLE-compatible black nylon, Price: $180