C.J. Buck of Buck Knives says the four-generation company that manufactures and designs hunting knives is doing well since its move to Post Falls, Idaho, from California in 2005. “We’re right off the freeway, we’re 20 minutes from an airport and we’re 15 minutes from elk hunting. Tell me where else you’re going to find that little combo pack.”
Buck and the company are part of the “Rec Tech” episode that premieres Thursday (January 31) at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT on Idaho Public Television and repeats Sunday (February 3) at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT.
Moving to Idaho was a homecoming of sorts for the company, because in addition to family hunting and camping trips to the Gem State, Buck’s great-grandfather, a blacksmith, preacher and logger, once made knives for his friends while at a church in Mountain Home. “Moving to Idaho for me was like living in your vacation land,” he said.+Idaho Public Television
producer Greg Hahn said it was the gift of an innovative trout reel made in Boise that started him on a statewide odyssey to find other “Rec Tech” innovators.
In Boise, a machinist who has worked on several innovative outdoor products joined with other enthusiasts to start a company to make mountain bike and BMX products. In Lewiston, OUTDOOR IDAHO cameras capture a jet boat maker, whose vessels are shipped throughout the world as well as found plying Idaho waters. In the shadow of the Tetons, a new energy bar emerges. The episode also tells the stories of the beginnings of bicycle and ski equipment breakthroughs that came from a company founded in Sun Valley.
“We couldn’t come close to fitting all the good stories into our show on Idaho’s ‘Rec Tech,’ but I hope it gives a taste of the variety of companies out there,” Hahn says. “I know it includes some amazing people — adventurers, risk-takers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Folks young and old who share one major characteristic: They love to be outside in Idaho.”