I checked out the Buck ‘Thug’ last summer at North Woods Knives, and it seemed a little odd that a heavy backwoods chopping knife would feature a hollow ground blade like this. Buck apparently took some criticism for that choice, and they listened to it.
The redesigned Thug now has a proper FFG blade, which will make it much more efficient for chopping and batoning firewood. And that’s a lot of what 7-inch long, .18-inch thick steel blades tend to get used for.
The redesigned Thug, just like the old version, costs about $120 street. It still comes in 5160 low-alloy steel, with linen Micarta grip panels and a Molle-compatible nylon sheath.
Before I left the Buck booth, I ribbed the rep a little bit about the naming of the Thug and its companion blades, the Hood and the Punk. Products like guns and knives tend to attract more (negative) attention when they have names like ‘Perp,’ ‘Felon,’ and ‘Criminal.’ The rep laughed and said that these names had been the subject of heated debate, but left it at that.