Which is your favorite Boker Kalashnikov?

Boker Kalashnikov 74 BK
Boker Kalashnikov 74 BK

Boker Kalashnikov knives have become nearly an iconic part of knife culture.  These knives are built as an interpretation of the extremely famous Kalashnikov AK-47.  First designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov back in 1947, the AK-47 quickly became the main staple for eastern bloc countries looking for automatic guns.  In fact, by 2009, nearly 100 million of these guns had been produced–an interesting fact is that almost half are considered to be counterfeits.  The Boker Kalashnikov knives have an AUS-8 blade that can be found with a black, sand, or satin finish.  Combo edge or plain edge are available in both the satin and black styles, the sand finished blade comes only in a combo edge.  The handles are either black, green, sand or grey.  The appealing thing about these knives is that they are fairly simple to convert from a button lock manual folder into an automatic knife.  Most knife sites will sell both versions–either a manual button lock or an already “converted” auto knife.  One thing to remember about the “conversion” process is that it does void the warranty from Boker. Now the Boker Kalashnikov is available in a new smaller size called the mini.  This series was given the 73 code.  So if you see a Boker 73 for sale, it is the smaller version.
I especially like the details on the Boker Kalashnikov.  The main pivot screw has the classic Russian Star on the top.  The knife comes in a box shaped like an AK-47 banana clip.  Very cool details.  But the knife itself is an absolute workhorse.  I carried one of these for about six months and was absolutely brutal to it.  I used it for everything and anything.  It withstood the test.  At the end of six months, it had several scratches on the blade but it still functioned perfectly.  Similar to the AK-47, the Boker Kalashnikov knife is a deceptively simple design which makes maintenance, cleaning, and tune ups a breeze.  If you haven’t ever had one of these spectacular knives, you should definitely consider getting one.  If you already have one or two or more, you already know, the Boker 74 and now the Boker 73 series are knives to be reckoned with.

Boker Kalashnikov 73 Liner Lock Knife

Boker Kalashnikov 73 Liner Lock
Boker Kalashnikov 73 Liner Lock

You already know you can pick up the Boker Kalashnikov automatic knife in the new, smaller size. This 73 series has been extremely popular.  Well now you can get the 73 in a manual folder liner lock edition.  Built with a thumb stud to slide the blade open, this knife is the perfect pocket knife for someone who wants a well built knife that will stand up to heavy abuse.  With an AUS8 blade and an aluminum handle that is built for comfort, the Boker Kalashnikov folder knives are perfect.  And now they come in the smaller size.

Boker Applegate Fairbairn Boot Knife

Boker Applegate Fairbairn Boot Knife
Boker Applegate Fairbairn Boot Knife

Just got this boot knife in stock from Boker.  The Applegate Fairbairn line of fixed blade combat knives are a popular series that all take form based on the original fighting knife design by Rex Applegate and W.E. Fairbairn.  This knife is just 9″ overall but boasts a dagger blade that is 4 3/4″.  If you are looking for a boot knife that is a step above–consider this knife from Boker.  The product code is 120546.

Boker Plus Epicenter Knife Review

Boker Plus Epicenter
Boker Plus Epicenter

Designed by Todd Rexford, the Boker Plus Epicenter is an exciting new knife from Boker that represents a step out of the norm for them.  This hefty framelock knife features 5mm thick titanium scales that are contoured for maximum comfort.  The VG-10 blade has a satin finish and a plain edge.  When you pick this knife up, you instantly notice the attention to detail that went into the design and construction of the knife.  The dual thumb stud is removable and the knife comes with a small wrench to do just that if you want.  The barrel spacers have a unique design that I think gives the knife extra character.  The titanium pocket clip can be tip up or tip down.  If you are looking for a high quality folder knife with heft and character, check out the Epicenter by Boker and Todd Rexford–I think you will really like it.

My Boker Kalashnikov

Boker Kalashnikov 74
Boker Kalashnikov 74

Several years ago I purchased a Boker Kalashnikov knife.  Converted from a manual push button folder into a side open automatic knife, this beauty was the perfect everyday carry knife.  I used it hard for six months and then retired it to my wall of knives.  After giving it’s all to me for those 180 days, it was time for a rest.

Built with a 3 1/4″ blade of AUS8, the knife is about the perfect size for everything that I run into on a daily basis.  The blade was easy to keep sharp with my Spyderco Sharpmaker.  I had the desert tan model with partial serrations on the blade. The combo edge made it simple to cut straps and rope whenever I needed to–but even better, it made short work of that horrible plastic packaging strap stuff that boxes so often come bound up in.  I would just slide my knife under the strap, twist it so the blade was facing up and give it a quick pull/slide across the strap and the straps would slice right off of the box.

Of course my Boker Kalashnikov makes short work of opening packages, but really, almost any knife can do that. The real question was, could the knife do more than the average EDC knife.  The answer is a resounding YES.  One time, and I probably should be ashamed to admit this but I really like to put my knives through the paces to see if they are great or not, I even used my Kalashnikov to help me replace a section of my sprinkler system.  I used it to cut funny pipe.  I even used it once to cut through a piece of 3/4 pvc pipe because I wanted to see if the knife could do it.  It did.  I had to saw a bit to get the job done, but the serrations cut right through the pvc pipe and I got the sprinklers all repaired.  I don’t suggest you use your knife to do this, but I did and it was tough enough to get the job done.

After six months of hard use, my knife was still in surprisingly good shape.  The blade had a few scratches across the face–which is to be expected considering how hard I used the knife.  The handle had nearly no visible wear and tear.  I did have one short scratch on the front side of the handle where I scraped it across a metal bar as I was pulling my hand out of a tight spot where I was using the knife to cut a string that was behind some shelves.  The ding is almost not visible unless you know what you are looking for.

My review of the Boker Kalashnikov is that it can get nearly any job done.  The blade size is plenty big for most jobs and the AUS8 stainless steel is perfect for daily, heavy use.  The handle is comfortable and rugged.  The knife is nearly indestructible.  Looking for a great automatic conversion knife–consider the Kalashnikov.