2015 Debut: 'Red Steel' Compadre Series Coming From Buck Knives

Three implements from Buck Knives will debut at the Outdoor Retailer trade show this week, including a knife, a hatchet, and a “chopping froe.” They will go on sale in 2015.

Each is made in the USA. The tools are all treated with a red powdercoat finish for rust and corrosion resistance.

Compadre camp knife

The 104 Camp Knife has full-tang construction and a 5160 steel blade that’s 9.5 inches long. Its handle is made of walnut. It will cost $80.

A hatchet, the 106 Compadre model, has a 5160 steel head and a walnut-dymondwood handle. It comes with a leather sheath and weighs about 24 ounces. MSRP when available will be $120.

Compadre Hatchet

Finally, the 108 Compadre Chopping Froe is, Buck cites, a multi-purpose wood working tool. Its 9.5-inch steel blade was built for clearing brush and heavy wood chopping.

Chopping Froe

But the machete-like tool, which measures almost 17 inches long, weighs less than 2 pounds. It will cost $160 when Buck ships to consumers and stores in early 2015. —Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.