Celebrating 75 years of the 119 Special! Hoyt Buck's first knife, made from a worn-out file blade in 1902, was a fixed blade. This design later transformed into the iconic 119 Special. The U.S. Government requested blade donations for the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is then, in the basement of a church in 1942, that Hoyt Buck began making knives by hand. It was a design that was dialed in after 40 years of making knives to customer specifications.