Buck 285 Bantam ViperThe Buck 285 Bantam Viper is the latest model to hit the Buck Bantam BLW lineup. It’s a straightforward, full-sized EDC with a good action and an interesting look. It’s a lightweight lockback you pick up for about $20.

The Viper features a 3.13” 420HC drop point blade with a blade thickness of 0.12”. It has a swedged spine which not only adds a nice look to the blade, it adds flexibility to the tip. It has a smooth, controlled thumb stud opening and locks up with a sturdy lockback.

The handle scales on this budget friendly workhorse are a snakeskin textured glass-reinforced nylon. They have a great grip with just enough slip resistance to keep things easy. It has a tip-up pocket clip and generous lanyard hole. At 4.375” closed and weighing 2.4 ounces, this is a full-sized knife that rides easy on your pocket.

Buck 285 Bantam ViperBuck 285 Bantam Viper

  • 420 HC, Satin Finish
  • 3.125” Drop Point
  • 0.12” Blade Thickness
  • Ambidextrous Thumb Studs
  • Lockback
  • Viper GRN Handles
  • Tip-Up Pocket Clip
  • Lanyard Hole
  • 2.4 Ounces
  • 4.375” Closed
  • 7.5” Overall
  • Made in the USA

The Buck 285 Bantam Viper makes an outstanding work knife. You can pick one up for about $20. To get this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.

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