A while back, TTAK Managing Editor Chris Dumm waxed nostalgic and reviewed his beloved Gerber Touche belt buckle knife. His bottom line was that the Touche was more of a ” ingenious novelty” than a truly functional knife. It wasn’t particularly robust, it lacked a locking mechanism, it was mystery metal, but none of this changes the fact that it is one of the most cherished pieces in Chris’s collection. Designer Greg Gillespie has taken Gerber’s design and brought the buckle-knife into the 21st century, and has seemingly alleviated many of the Touche’s shortcomings.
Gillespie markets the Bucklehead as “the Worlds Fastest Knife”. While there may be some debate about this, judging by his YouTube demonstration video, he certainly makes a case for consideration.
The Bucklehead looks at first glance like any other bad-ass metal custom belt buckle. Gillespie got his start as a custom engraver and in addition to his stock designs he will customize your buckle/knife combo with any manner of skulls, motorcycles, flags, and more – if that is your thing.
The knife is held to the buckle with a powerful cobalt magnet and opens quickly with a thumb knob. There is a line-lock mechanism which alone makes it an improvement over the Gerber. The blade is a fraction under 2.5″ and is made from either 410 or 440c Stainless steel depending on the model you choose. The buckle belt post is steel (unlike the Gerber) and overall the knife itself looks to be solid as well. It certainly looks as if the ergonomics are as good as any knife of similar size.
The Bucklehead knife is a unique blend of form and function. By all accounts, it seems like a solid knife in a stylish package. It isn’t cheap, the stock designs run in the $110 range. I am not sure I am ready to take the plunge at that price, but I know folks who would love to have a knife like this as part of their kit. I certainly would love to check one out in person.