Buck Ranger Skinner Hunting Knife Review


Crafted by Buck Knives, a brand with a rich workmanship and heritage in producing high-quality blades, this particular model embodies a fusion of traditional artistry and modern functionality. Designed specifically for hunting enthusiasts, the Ranger Skinner offers a blend of elegance and practicality, promising a companion that excels in field dressing, skinning, and intricate hunting tasks.

In this comprehensive review, we delve into the intricacies of the Buck Ranger Skinner, exploring its design, performance, and overall suitability as a trusted tool for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Ranger Skinner Hunting Knife


Rise Of Buck Knives Company

Buck Knives was started by a young Kansas blacksmith’s apprentice named Hoyt Buck, who was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer and his unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902 (for more information on the history of Buck Knives click here).

Today, Buck is widely accepted as an American icon in the knife industry, and their knives are very popular amongst both hunters and everyday users.

However, the Buck “Ranger Skinner” is a relatively new introduction to the Buck line of fixed blade hunting knives, and it is designed to be a cross between their venerable and extremely popular model 113 Ranger folding knife and their highly popular Vanguard model.

Ranger Skinner Hunting Knife Features:

Like the Buck Vanguard, the Buck Ranger Skinner features a beautifully ground 3 1/8” drop point blade made from 420 high carbon stainless steel (Rockwell Hardness unknown) with a deep, hollow ground bevel whose lines nicely complement the overall appearance of the compact knife.

Buck Ranger Skinner Handle

In addition, the ergonomic handle features full tang construction with a highly ergonomic shape that is further complimented by the addition of Macassar Ebony Dymondwood slabs and high-quality brass bolsters. Last, this knife is supplied with a pouch-type black leather sheath.

Personal Experience

With my extensive experience in hunting and survival, I have had the opportunity to try many different blade steels, blade shapes, and blade length in the field.

This experience has led me to form some very distinct opinions on what does and does not work in a hunting knife.

Also, I have developed a preference for a certain aesthetic appearance in my hunting knives, and surprisingly, the Buck Ranger Skinner actually meets all of my criteria except for the blade steel.

Buck 113 Ranger Skinner

Blade of Steel

You see, while 420 HC is a good blade of steel. It is, however, inferior to such steels as 440C, 154CM, AST34, and D2 because it only contains 0.40% to 0.50% Carbon which is just barely enough to convert the iron into steel.

It also contains 0.8% Manganese, which helps to make the steel tougher and increases its hardenability. The blade’s 0.18% Vanadium content still refines the grain structure, enabling the edge to be honed to a finer point.

However, with only 12 to 14% Chromium, it just barely qualifies as a stainless steel, and thus, it is not a highly corrosion-resistant steel.

Blade Features:

On the other hand, despite the less-than-lustrous elemental composition, 420 HC is still a good blade of steel. It’s just not a great blade of steel. The blade of the Buck Ranger Skinner is also very gracefully designed, beautifully ground, and well suited to the task of skinning harvested game animals.

The overall shape of the full tang handle does an excellent job of complimenting the lines of the blade and also manages to be highly ergonomic at the same time.

Plus, the Macassar Ebony Dymondwood slabs and high-quality brass bolsters are every bit as beautiful as the rest of the knife. These are a nice tip of the hat to the venerable Buck Ranger folding knife.

Consequently, I am very pleased with the overall design and construction of the Buck Ranger Skinner, and I would not feel as if I were inadequately equipped if I were to carry it with me on a hunting trip.

In fact, if the blade knife were made from better steel, then I personally would be willing to pay considerably more for it since I feel that it is an absolutely gorgeous example of an excellent hunting knife.


In conclusion, this knife is your best offer. It embodies the essence of reliability, offering hunters a durable and dependable tool. With its ergonomic design, razor-sharp blade, and proven performance, the Ranger Skinner stands as a testament to Buck Knives’ legacy of producing top-tier blades tailored for the demanding needs of outdoor enthusiasts. For those seeking a trustworthy and capable hunting knife, the Buck Ranger Skinner proves itself as a commendable choice that epitomizes both elegance and functionality in the wilderness.

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