Boker Thorn MokuTi Frame Lock Knife Review

Boker 113210

Boker Thorn 113210 Moku-Ti FrameLock Knife

Boker had an incredibly succesful knife in the Anso 67 Mokuti.  Produced in 2012, this limited run sold out in just a couple of days.  The Thorn Mokuti comes to market as a continuation of the Mokuti series from Boker.  A Jim Burke design, the Thorn boasts a front scale of Mokuti and a back scale which is titanium wrapped with Mokuti.

If you haven’t heard of Mokuti, it is, according to Boker, “a unique damask like welded composite of two titanium alloys.”  There are only a few blacksmiths in the world who can produce this unique blend.  Chad Nichols is one of these talented blacksmiths who use a complex forging process that creates this incredibly rare and extremely durable titanium laminate.  The Chad Nichcols website reads that Moku-Ti is, “A Titanium Laminate made from Commercially Pure titanium and the allow 6Al-4V.” And, the final product has a unique look that is highly sought after by knife collectors around the world.  This Jim Burke designed framelock knife highlights the complex and beautiful Mokuti in a skillful, artistic manner that is certain to delight knife collectors the world over.

The front handle scale is all Mokuti.  The back handle scale is a titanium frame lock wrapped in Mokuti–creating a delightful look that is unique in all the world.  The Thorn features a spear point, hollow ground blade of CPM-S35VN with a finely polished two tone finish.  Each blade proudly has the serial number marked on it.  Only 199 of these knives were produced for the US market.  Each knife comes in a special wood presentation box along with a certificate of authenticity.

So the real question arises–how does it perform?  This unique framlock knife weighs only 3.09 ounces.  So when you first pick it up, you may be surprised at how light it feels.  Titanium is a chemical element that is referred to with the symbol Ti.  It has a very low density, a high strength, and is highly resistant to corrosion.  Often it is alloyed with iron, aluminum, vanadium, molybdenum as well as other elements to produce extremely strong yet lightweight alloys.  These alloys are most often used in military and industrial applications.  In fact, many jet engines, missiles and spacecraft use titanium.   Titanium is most valued because of its corrosion resistance and the fact that it has the highest strength to density ration of any metallic element.   In other words, if you need a lightweigth alloy that can take a beating you probably want titanium.  So the handle scales are durable.  The MokuTi blend makes them look great.  And, the shape that Jim Burke has designed makes for a very comfortable hold.  The lower half of the handle swells out into a comfortable, modified palm swell.  The very end of the handle tapers to a point.  Just above the point, there is a lanyard hole for alternate carry.

The blade has a nail nick for easy open.  The 2.6″ blade opens smooth.  Once fully opened, the framelock clicks firmly into position.  The inside edge of the framelock is slightly beveled to allow your thumb easy access when you want to disengage the framelock mechanism.  An easy push unlocks the blade and the blade closes as smoothly as it opens.  A ball detent locks the blade firmly in the closed position.  The blade steel, S-35VN is one of the most advanced blade steels on the market today.  It offers high corrosion resistance, extremely high durability as well as toughness.  It also has incredible wear resistance.  All of these properties make it one of the most sought after blade steels around.  The two tone (blade has a high polish finish and the high spots have a stonewash finish) finished blade has the Boker tree logo on the front along with the words BOKER Manufaktur Solingen S35VN GERMANY.  On the back the blade displays the JB logo (Jim Burke) as well as US xxx/199 with the xxx being the individual serial number of that particular knife.   This is a unique, well designed, high quality knife that is clearly limited in availability.  Because of these properties, it is certain to be a hit among collectors.


Overall Length: 6.25″
Blade Length: 2.6″
Blade Steel: CPM S-35VN 
Handle: Mokuti, Titanium Frame
Designer: Jim Burke
Weight: 3.09 Ounces

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Microtech Combat Troodon Shipment

Microtech Combat Troodon

Microtech Combat Troodon, MT143

We just got a good sized shipment of Microtech Combat Troodon knives.  You can see them here.  These are fast acting, double action Out The Front automatic knives.  Get them while they last.

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Boker Limited Run Thorn Mokuti Folder Knife Review

The Thorn is a Limited Run of Mokuti folder knives, produced by Boker Knives and designed by Jim Burke.

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Benchmade 178SBK SOCP Fixed Blade Knife Review

Benchmade SOCP Knife

Benchmade SOCP Knife, single edge defensive tool. BEN178SBK

The Benchmade 178 SOCP knife has been designed by Greg Thompson as the ultimate and optimal tool for self defense.  Built as the single edge alternative to the incredibly popular 176 series–also part of the SOCP line of knives with a dagger blade–the 178 gives you the utility of a single edge fixed blade as well as providing a defensive tool regardless of what life throws at you.  SOCP is pronounced SOCK-pe.  It stands for Special Operations Combatives Program and was developed by Greg Thompson, after spending years working with the US Army’s Special Operations Forces.  After countless encounters and combat situations a pattern emerged.  Individuals needed a combat technique that gave them the ability to fight in full kit with weapons, to transition from any position, to deal with attacks from multiple assailants and from any direction.

In other words, operators needed a system to fight in close combat situations that correlated with real world situations.  Out of this, came Greg Thompson’s SOCP program.  An integral part of that program includes gear and tools that allows users to perform to their highest abilities regardless of the circumstances.  One of these tools is the SOCP knife.

The knife is a single piece of 440C stainless steel with a black finish.  At one end, there is an oversized finger hole that works perfect for hands or for hands with combat gloves on.  On the butt side of the hole there is a small raised extension (very small) that has jimping across the face.  This serves as a control point for your thumb when you hold the SOCP in a classic reverse grip.  The finger hole is followed by a 2.5″ handle that consists of three matching finger grooves on both sides of the handle.  With your thumb on the end and your forefinger in the finger hole, your remaining three fingers rest perfectly in the finger grooves.  The knife can be held sharp edge forward or backward–either grip is identical with the only difference being the direction of the sharp edge.  After the handle, the blade extends 3.25″ with the sharp edge taking up 2.5″ of this distance.  The end of the blade ends in a sharp tip that serves for heavy piercing cuts.  The edge is designed for slashing cuts.  A 1″ section of the blade has serrations which makes the SOCP perfect as a utility knife for cutting cords, straps, etc.

Because of the geometry and size of the blade and handle, the SOCP allows the user to create space.  The biggest problem in a close combat situation is getting to the maximum tool available.  An attacker launches at you unexpectedly and grapples you around your shoulders.  He is preventing you from drawing your duty weapon.  But, hands are free to grab at the slim profile SOCP.  You merely place your forefinger into the hole and pull.  Instantly, you have a tool in your hands that allows you to slash, stab and create space.  Once space has been created, an issue that arose for many operators was what to do with the weapon.  Do you drop your knife in order to draw your pistol?  If so, do you have time to fully draw your pistol before your assailant gets back into your space?  The SOCP solves this problem because you can draw and use your pistol even while still holding onto the SOCP knife.

The SOCP fixed blade comes with a black or sand sheath.  The sheath has an attached, deep carry pocket clip.  The tip of the clip is dip coated to prevent it from coming out of position when the SOCP is drawn.   An integral part of the SOCP, the dagger is easily stashed in a conceal position or in your MOLLE gear.

To my mind, the SOCP is one of the best defensive carry tools I have ever seen.  It allows you to conceal carry, it gives you the ability to create space when necessary, and it allows you the peace of mind that whatever may happen, you always have a tool that is readily accessible.  Get your own Benchmade SOCP on our website here.  Watch the video below to see Greg Thompson describe the SOCP.


  • Blade Length: 3.22″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.185″
  • Blade Material: 440C
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Single Edge, Combo
  • Weight: 2.20oz
  • Pocket Clip: Sheath Mounted
  • Lock Mechanism: Fixed
  • Overall Length: 7.25″
  • Sheath Material: Injected Molded w/ Clip Class: Black
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Single Edge Benchmade SOCP Fixed Blade Knife — Video Review

If you haven’t seen this fantastic carry, it is well worth the watch.

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Kershaw Cryo Knife Review

Here is a blast from the past–quick video review of the Kershaw Cryo.  Great Hinderer design.  Figured it was appropriate since today starts our Kershaw sale.

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Kershaw Burst Flipper Assist Knife Review

Kershaw Burst Assist Knife

Kershaw Burst Assist Knife, short review of the Kershaw model 1970

The Kershaw Burst puts a powerful, fast opening blade in your hand with just a slight tug on the flipper.  The uniquely modified clip point blade excels at piercing cuts as well as slicing and chopping.  A glass filled nylon handle tops off this fantastic every day carry knife by giving you a comfortable and secure grip.

The 3″ blade opens via the SpeedSafe® assisted opening mechanism.  Once open, the flipper becomes a blade guard (quillon) that is built with a perfect curve so your forefinger snugs right up into it and the slight curvature of the handle where they meet.  The clip point blade is razor sharp right out of the box.  Made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, the blade keeps a good edge, has good strength, and great corrosion resistance which makes this an ideal every day carry knife.  It will cut what you need cut, will take an edge with ease, and isn’t going to complain when you put it away without pulling out the oil can and buffing cloth.

The blade has some jimping on a thumb ramp that also blends perfectly with the handle spine.  A small ferro notch about midway up the blade spine does double duty as a control point for your thumb when you want to make controlled fine cuts.  All the edges of the ferro notch are nicely chamfered so it is a smooth, comfortable spot for your thumb.  In fact, the entire spine of the blade has been slightly “broken” or chamfered so it extremely comfortable on your thumb.

The blade has a hollow grind which makes it ideal for slicing.  The edge of the blade has a secondary V-grind bevel that takes and incredibly sharp edge. The blade locks in place with a liner lock.  The liner gets a nice solid grip on the blade when it opens so the blade sits secure in the open position.  There is a small ball detent to keep the blade in the closed position when you want it to stay that way.

The glass filled nylon handle features a textured pattern that affords you a solid grip.  The spine of the handle, as mentioned previously, has jimping near the blade and it has some on the butt of the blade as well.  I’m not quite sure that this is the kind of knife you would typically hold in a reverse grip–so the jimping on the butt adds some visual appeal but probably not really useable.  The pocket clip is tip up, right/left reversible.  This means the knife is a true ambidextrous since it is flipper activated.  The pocket clip is somewhat small–but adequate for the job.

The Kershaw Burst is an amazing production knife for under $30.  It is mid sized, has good materials, and the blade takes an extra sharp edge.  The knife is going to last a long time, it doesn’t weigh too much and it can take some serious abuse–which in my book make it an ideal EDC for pocket carry. Get yours here on our website.



  • Steel: 8CR13MOV stainless steel
  • Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • Blade Length: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Closed Length: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7 1/8 in. (18 cm)
  • Weight: 4.6 oz.
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Microtech Crosshair Fixed Blade Knife Review

In this quick video, the Crosshair 101-1GR is reviewed. You can find all of our large stock of Microtech Crosshair Fixed Blade Knives on our website here. Enjoy the video.

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Boker Camo Defender LinerLock Knife Review

Boker Plus Camo Defender

Boker Plus Camo Defender

The Boker Plus Camo Defender knife catches your eye with a grey and black camo pattern on a classic style combat folder.  This knife is built to handle any task you give it.  Built as an Every Day Carry (EDC) knife, the Camo Defender is rugged yet functional.

The clip point blade features a combo edge which makes it ideal for cutting through rope, webbing and belts with ease.  The spine of the blade has some mild jimping about halfway down that allows you to position your thumb and get a nice, solid purchase when making fine, precise cuts.  The most noticeable features of the blade are the double guards that swing around when you open the blade to keep your hand from riding up onto the blade.  They also give you secondary points for use when opening the blade.  When open, the blade locks in place with a liner lock.

The handle has the same camo pattern.  In the middle of each handle scale are two sections with reptile grip inlays.  This insert material gives you an incredible anti slip grip.  The handle is an open frame design that allows for easy maintenance and cleaning of the knife.  It has a four position clip.

If you are looking for a no nonsense folder that is built tough the Boker Camo Defender is a great choice.  Best of all, at under $25, the knife is a bargain.  This smooth opening folder is perfect for pocket carry or for any gear bag as a utility knife.

Blade length: 7 3/4″.
Overall length: 3 3/8″.
Weight: 6.1 oz.

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CRKT Exitool Video Review

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