The Buck 303 Cadet condenses the blade selection of the Stockman series to a more convenient size for the pocket. The same three blades selected for the popular rancher’s pocketknife are featured here as well. With the Buck 303, you get a 2-5/8-inch clip point main blade plus a spey blade 1-3/4 inches long and a 1-3/4-inch sheepsfoot. All are from tempered high carbon 420HC stainless steel.
Handle construction is light but strong with pinned handle slabs of durable black synthetics matched to polished stainless steel bolsters. A small emblem on one side bears the words “Classic Bolt.” Originally marketed to farmers and ranchers for common chores having to do with livestock (the spey blade, for instance, was the usual choice for castrations), the assortment has proved equally useful to those in other trades. Whether you need to trim the insulation from a copper wire (because your tool kit is at home) or a box just arrived that’s taped permanently shut, the Buck 303 steps up with the solution to the small problems of the modern world as well as the older one.
In this pocket knife pattern none of the blades lock back, but all snap into place in the open position. Only slight pressure is needed to fold them back to the handle, so be careful if you’re using this knife for piercing work. At 3-1/4 inches in length when closed and only 1.9 ounces in weight, it may cause some people to wonder why all the fuss about ultralight knives. Buck’s been making them for years.