Current information on Buck Woodard and Woodard Knives is unavailable. This knife was acquired through a private owner and its original date of manufacture is not known. The handle does have a couple of very minor scratches but the blade is mint with a polish that is near mirror quality on a black coated blade. Walter's flag mark is on one side of the blade and the Woodard Knives logo is on the other side. Opens/closes via a side recessed button - fast.