Interesting the disdain by some folks of some knives, including Buck, because they use cheap steel. 🤔 .
I guess I just don't know enough to know better. I have hunted and fished most of my life. I have field dressed, skinned, deboned more deer, etc., than I can count, using run of the mill American made knives, often stainless, and I have yet to find such a knife not up to the task.
My earliest hunting knife, which I still have but only occasionally use, is an old Western. Pre-stainless, and now severely stained and pitted, it doesn't cut any better than my latter-day stainless knives.
I'll continue to use my inferior Buck, Gerber, Kershaw, etc., and more, knives, being blissfully ignorant and happy.