Buck Turns 100
In 1902, Hoyt Heath Buck was a 13-year-old blacksmith apprentice in Kansas sharpening hoes for a living when he noticed that the farm equipment was coming back for resharpening a little too often. He started experimenting to solve the problem and ended up developing a better smeltering process that helped those hoes keep their edge. (We're not sure what his boss, the blacksmith, thought of the loss of business.) Then, thanks to an ample supply of worn-out rasps that were just lying about, Buck used the same technique to make knives. One hundred years later, Buck Knives hasn't lost the creative touch. Here are two of its latest developments.