Only Buy It Once: Buck Knives
Nothing, aside from Country Buffet, is immortal. We know this. You know this. Country Buffet knows this.
This week, Supercompressor kicks off our first installment of what will be a regular feature of special items and products that are...immortal. Not actually immortal, but the kind of thing you only need to buy once in your life that can be passed down through generations.
Without further ado, our first featured item is Buck Knives. Check it out below, kids. (Then ask your parents if you can have theirs after you turn, like, 37, when you're mature enough to own one.)
Buck knives remind us of back when. Back when grandpa would tell stories about hunting in the woods with his grandpa, when the Christmas tree was real and no one worried about how many calories were in the egg-nog. Simpler, better times.
Buck, founded in 1964, knows its appeal draws upon the nostalgic memories we feel closer to the older we grow. On its website, Buck professes that its signature product "...takes us back to our childhood birthday, Christmas, or our first hunting or fishing trip. Built on old-fashioned values, we understand the importance of passing on traditions and that is why our hand-crafted, quality knives are built to withstand the test of time."
That's why Buck promises to fix "each and every Buck knife to be free of defects" for the knife's entire life, or they'll completely replace a defective knife—provided the original doesn't have sentimental value, of course. (All the knives you see pictured here are between $50-$75. This one goes for $86.)
Keep in mind, though, the company will not extend its offer to knives that appear to have been misused as chisels, hammers, pry-bars or screwdrivers. In other words, don't be a jackass, and Buck will help you out.
All that incredible functionality and lifetime guarantee stuff aside, though, they're just so damn pretty.
Ryan Hatch is the deputy editor for Supercompressor. The only Buck he has are teeth.