New Boker Titanium Kwaiken Flipper Knife — Quick Review

Boker Plus Kwaiken Flipper
Boker Plus Kwaiken Flipper–newest Burnley model flipper knife

Last year, Boker released the Lucas Burnley designed Kwaiken Folder knife to rave reviews.  This year, they have combined to get the same knife out in a titanium version–and it is well worth a look.

For several years, Lucas Burnley, a New Mexico knife designer, had a best seller on his hands in the form of the Kwaiken fixed blade knife.  After some serious design and development, he released the original Kwaiken folder as part of the Boker Plus line.  The original had green micarta handle scales and used IKBS bearings for an ultra smooth open.  The new model, the Titanium Kwaiken flipper features titanium handle scales that add just a bit of gravitas to an already fantastic knife.  A bit heavier–1.2 ounces in all–this new flipper glides open super smooth with a light press down on the flipper.  Other than the change in scale material from Micarta to Titanium, the biggest design difference is the flipper.  Instead of a thumb plate to open the blade, this newest iteration uses a true flipper style blade.

It is hard to express how smooth this blade opens.  I believe a good portion of the smooth open is due to the IKBS bearing.  But I think part of the reason is also the weighting of the blade.  It is perfectly weighted so when you press down on the flipper–the blade gets started and just swings into place.  Aside from that–the Kwaiken Flipper also has a comfortable feel in your hand.  The handle has a very slight taper from end to end.

Tip up pocket clip and lanyard hole for carry.  All in all, I really like the new Boker Plus Kwaiken flipper.   Check it out on our website here.  Let me know what you think down below.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall length: 8 3/8″
  • Blade length: 3 1/2″
  • Weight: 5.2 oz.
  • Blade material: AUS-8
  • Handle material: Titanium

 

fter the success of the original Kwaiken Folder, Lucas Burnley went back to the drawing board and designed a new version featuring a flipper. The enhanced feature makes the Kwaiken Flipper a must have. Also new to this design: titanium handle scales and AUS-8 blade steel. BThe Kwaiken Folder, a design of young knifemaker Lucas Burnley from New Mexico, was created after a long period of development. Burnley, whose most popular model is a fixed blade Kwaiken, wanted to translate his typically slim concept into a folding knife, without drastically changing the proportions. The result is a design that has fascinated us at first glance! The green canvas Micarta scales offer a superior grip without being unnecessarily rough. The slim and sleek blade is made of AUS-8 stainless steel, and performs extremely smoothly due to the IKBS bearings. This knife will surely prove that a slim handle doesn’t have to compromise excellent ergonomics! Includes removable pocket clip.

Boker Vox Rold Scout Fixed Blade — Quick Review

Boker Plus Rold Scout
Boker Plus Rold Scout–a Jesper Voxnaes knife design

Boker has produced several knives with designer Jesper Voxnaes.  The latest iteration is the Boker Plus Rold Scout.  A function first knife that doesn’t sacrifice anything on the design, this mid sized fixed blade will bring knife joy to your life.  The D2 drop point blade has a flat grind with a secondary bevel on the edge.  Right near the edge of the blade sits a finger choil that allows you superior blade control for fine cuts.  The big, beefy spine allows your thumb to rest comfortable as it drives the action.

Fully contoured desert G-10 handle scales sandwich red fiber layers with the full tang blade.  The handle feels like it was molded just for the human hand.  A rear and front quillion combine to keep your fingers where the belong–managing the motion of the blade instead of slipping around and losing control.  Two wide rivet tubes reduce weight, look great and allow for lanyard use.

This fixed blade is the one you want when the going gets tough.  Built heavy for serious outdoor use, it is certain to always be there when you need it.  Check it out on our website here.  Let me know what you think below.
SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall Length: 9 1/4″
  • Blade Length: 3 1/4″
  • Weight: 8.1 oz
  • Blade Material: D2
  • Handle Material: G-10

Boker Magnum Lil Friend Knife Series

Boker Micro Knife
Boker Micro Knife– part of the Lil Friend line of Neck Knives

Boker has recently released a series of knives called their Lil Friend knives.  Although, I will admit I am not in love with the name, these little beauties perform well beyond their stature.  Currently, the series consists of a Tanto, a Clip, a Micro, and an Arrowhead.  These Boker fixed blade knives can be found on our site here.

Here is what is so great about these knives.  Each one weighs 1.6 ounces or less.  That is incredibly lightweight.  The Arrowhead weighs in at .6 of an ounce.  This means that you can carry these knives around your neck with the included sheath and bead chain and you have yourself a handy tool that is always available.

Next, these little knives are built with you in mind.  The Tanto, Micro and Clip all have G-10 handle scales that make them feel bigger than they are.  This allows you to get a nice, solid grip on them when making serious cuts.  The blades are 440 stainless steel and will cut through just about whatever you put in front of them.  Easy to sharpen, good corrosion resistance, and good edge retention are all reasons to love 440.

Finally, a small knife comes in handy in so many ways.  It doesn’t take up a ton of room in your pocket–if that is how you decide to carry your Lil Friend.  If you neck carry, it is handy for whenever the need arises.  Looking for a solid neck knife–check out the newest additions to our full line of Boker Knives.

Boker Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Knife — Short History

Boker Applegate Fairbairn
Boker Applegate Fairbairn knife model 120543AF

The Boker Applegate Fairbairn combat knife has been a steady favorite of our customers for several years here at BladeOps.  The history of this knife goes back to before WWII.  At that time, William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes got together and discussed what they thought were critical characteristics of a classic fighting knife.  What they came up with was the F-S fighting knife.  This knife gained popularity when it was issued to several different British fighting forces during WWII–specifically it became popular when it was used extensively during the Normandy Landings.

The knife was designed with an acute taper to the sharp pointed blade and was perfect for thrusting cuts as well as slashing cuts as long as the edges were sharpened as suggested by Fairbairn and Sykes.  This design was used throughout WWII and still has adherents to this day.  Fairbairn may have said it best in his book entitled GET TOUGH! (1942)

In close-quarters fighting there is no more deadly weapon than the knife. In choosing a knife there are two important factors to bear in mind: balance and keenness. The hilt should fit easily in your hand, and the blade should not be so heavy that it tends to drag the hilt from your fingers in a loose grip. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and good cutting edges, because an artery torn through (as against a clean cut) tends to contract and stop the bleeding. If a main artery is cleanly severed, the wounded man will quickly lose consciousness and die.

Colonel Rex Applegate was a student of Fairbairn.  During his study, he came up with a few modifications to the classic F-S knife that included most prominently a different handle.  The original modified handle had adjustable lead weights that changed the balance point of the knife.  This new variation of the original F-S combat knife became known as the Applegate Fairbairn fighting knife.  Boker produces several different variations of this knife with most of the variety coming from different handle colors, materials or blade steels.  Check out our full line of Applegate Fairbairn knives here or check out the applegate knife pictured above here.

Favorite New Boker Fixed Blade Knife of 2014- The VoxKnives Rold

Boker Plus Rold, Black
Boker Plus Rold, Black a Jasper Voxnaes design

I am always on the lookout for a great fixed blade knife.  So whenever new ones show up at the shop, I take a few extra moments to check them out.  Just in today are the brand new for 2014 Boker Plus VoxKnives Rold knives.  This is a Jesper Voxnaes design, and I am more than impressed.  Here is what immediately caught my eye.

D2 tool steel blade with a flat grind.  3/16″ thick and full tang construction.  Classic blade shape with wide jimping on the thumb ramp and an extra finger choil just below the blade edge.  Here is what all that is going to do for you.  The flat grind allows you to slice and chop with extraordinary ease.  The extra thick blade gives you strength as well as some heft (weight) behind your heavy cuts. The thickness also allows you to baton the blade spine for serious chopping tasks. The jimping allows your thumb extra grip and control.  The additional finger choil gives you maximum control when you want to “choke” up on the knife for fine and precise cuts.

The handle is contoured black G-10 with a red layer that adds some nice contrast.  The butt of the handle has a dovetail shape and a palm swell in just the right place.  Two, extra-large rivet tubes look great and add function to the knife.  Here is what all that is going to do for you.  The G-10 is going to give you loads of grip–in my estimation it stands as one of the best materials for knives in inclement weather.  The palm swell and the dovetail add to an already secure grip but getting your hand in the right place and giving you plenty of handle to grab.  The rivet tubes reduce the knife weight slightly and add a spot to run a lanyard through–for even more knife control.

The Rold is sized right about where you would expect most camp knives to be.  With an overall length of 11″ and a blade length of 6″–you have plenty of cutting edge and heft to get serious cuts done without being so large as to make the knife unwieldy.  Priced right at around $135.00–the Rold is going to make some serious campers very happy this year.  Check out the Boker Knives Rold on our website here.

Thirty Days with my Boker Kalashnikov 73 Auto Knife

Boker Kalashnikov 73 Auto
Boker Kalashnikov 73 Auto Conversion Knife

The Boker Kalashnikov 73 could just be the perfect size automatic knife.  A couple of years ago, I carried the Kalashnikov 74 for several months and was impressed by its durability.  So when I got my new 73, I was really excited to see how it would stack up against the bigger 74.  I choose to carry the standard 73 with a bead blast plain edge blade and a black handle.  The first thing I noticed was that other than the size, this knife is exactly like the bigger version Kalashnikov.  The handle is comfortable, built with choils for each of your fingers.  This is an auto conversion knife–meaning that it isn’t produced as an automatic knife by Boker.  Instead, it is converted after market into an automatic knife.  Press the button and the blade really snaps out hard.  Lock up is tight and there is no side to side or up and down play in the blade.  The blade is closed by pressing the button lock which frees the blade so you can close it.  The deep carry, tip up pocket clip is removable.

Day 3

Boker 73 Deep Carry
Boker 73 Deep Carry Pocket Clip

The Boker KAL Mini is a relatively simple construction.  The blade is AUS 8 stainless steel with a bead blast finish on my model.  You can also pick it up with a black finish.  The blade length is 2.5″ and when the knife is open it measures 5.75″.  When closed, the knife is a compact 3.25″.  This is the very first thing that struck me as impressive.  This knife takes up almost no real estate in my pocket.  I carry a lot of crap in my pockets–wallet, keys, cell phone, change (if I’m lucky enough to have any), and the occasional odds and ends.  Throw in my knife, and my pockets can easily get to bulging.  So I like a smaller knife.  Besides, in my normal day-to-day life, I don’t run into many things that a small knife won’t cut just as well as a large knife.  So this little beauty immediately caught my heart with its size.  The handle is aluminum.  It has a texture pattern that adds a bit of grip and some visual appeal.  There is also some wide jimping on the spine of the handle right near both ends.  On the top end, close to the blade the jimping runs for 5/8″ of an inch and is wide enough to give your thumb some serious grip when you are choking up on the blade for close work or fine cuts.  The butt of the handle has jimping for 1 1/8″ that runs right around the curve at the base of the handle.  This gives your thumb the perfect resting/grip spot for when you reverse grip the knife. Throw in the finger grooves as well as three ridges that run across the handle and you have a knife that isn’t going to slip in your hand.  I have average sized hands and because the knife is on the smaller end of the size scale, even my hand “hangs” off the butt end of the handle.  It doesn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable.  Sometimes with small knives, there is a strange, uncomfortable ridge or bump that makes it awkward to hold.  Not the case with the Mini KAL.    Here are the specs on the knife:

  • Overall length: 5 3/4″
  • Blade length: 2 1/2″
  • Handle Length:  3 1/4″
  • Handle Width:  7/8″ at the widest point
  • Handle Thickness:  3/8″
  • Weight: 2.1 oz.
  • Blade material: AUS-8
  • Handle material: Aluminum

 

Boker 73 Pocket Clip
Boker Kalashinkov 73 Pocket Clip

DAY 9

One of my favorite features is the deep carry pocket clip.  A true deep carry, when the knife is in my pocket nothing except the clip shows.  I also like how the clip is designed.  Some clips are extremely tight on my pocket which sometimes delays how fast I can get my knife out of my pocket and back into my pocket.  The Boker clip has space all the way down between the clip and the handle until the very end of the clip–where it indents back in toward the knife handle.  This small curve creates plenty of traction so the knife has never fallen out of my pocket–but it isn’t so tight that the knife is hard to get in and out of my pocket.  It also reduces wear and tear on the edge of my pocket since it isn’t absurdly tight.

Kalashnikov 73 Jimping
Kalashnikov 73 Jimping on the handle butt for reverse grip

DAY 15

As I mentioned back on Day 3, the handle has some really nice jimping at both ends of the back spine of the handle.  The butt of the handle has jimping that wraps all the way around the curved end of the butt so if you decide to hold the knife in a reverse grip your thumb has plenty of traction.  The blade end of the handle also has jimping on the spine that transitions smoothly into jimping on the blade.  This way, when you hold the knife in a traditional grip, your thumb also has plenty of traction.  I also really like the handle in general–I have been extremely tough on this little knife and have yet to get any visible damage on the handle.  No scratches, dents or chips.  I have purposely dropped it several times each day so as to simulate a longer time period with the knife.  Not a bit of damage to the handle.  Very impressive.

DAY 20

Took the 73 out into the warehouse today and spent nearly an hour cutting boxes.  At first, I just cut taped up boxes. As I expected, the knife had no problem with this.  Then I spent nearly thirty minutes cutting cardboard.  The blade performed extremely well.  Interestingly enough, the blade actually performs better on push cuts than it does on pull cuts.  I’m not too sure why this is.  But on a push cut, the blade performs at a high 9.5 out of 10.  On pull cuts the blade might be more of a 7 out of 10.  It seems to take a few moments before the blade actually engages and starts to cut when performing a pull cut.  After about thirty minutes cutting cardboard the blade was still making smooth cuts.  I can tell the blade needs to be sharpened, but it isn’t so dull that it is just mashing the cardboard on the cuts. Clean, smooth cutting blade that keeps an edge–that is important to me and the 73 passed the test.

Boker Kalashnikov 73
Boker Kalashnikov 73–Easy to clean, easy to maintain

DAY 26

I spent part of today disassembling and reassembling my Boker 73.  First of all–it is really simple to do.  There is a main pivot screw that requires a Torx size 8 screwdriver.  And then there are three smaller screws that keep the handle scales together.  These require a Torx size 6 screwdriver.  After you get all the screws out, the handle scales come apart easily.  Once apart, you have two handle scales, three barrel spacers, a pocket clip, three small screws, one large pivot screw, a push button, a push button spring, an alignment pin, the blade and the blade spring.  Easy to take apart, the whole process only took me three or four minutes.  From there, I spent a few minutes cleaning everything up.  Then I reassembled the knife.  This took about five minutes.  I like that the knife is simple to take apart–because this means that long-term maintenance will be fairly easy–and that means I will be more likely to do it on a regular basis.  Just take the knife apart, clean everything up and then put it all back together.  Less than a fifteen minute job.

DAY 30

If you need a perfect sized every day carry knife the automatic Boker Kalashnikov 73 could very well be the knife for you.  Small enough to fit perfectly in any pocket, this little auto gives you all the performance of a big knife in a package that is easy to carry.  My Boker 73 stood up to extremely heavy abuse over the past 30 days and didn’t flinch a bit.  The blade stayed sharp under heavy use, and I know that when time for a resharpen does come the AUS 8 will be easy to sharpen.  My favorite things are the durability of the knife, the deep carry pocket clip and the size. bThe Kal 73 gets an A grade from me.

Boker Kal 73 Auto
Boker Kal 73 Auto–Fantastic All Around Every Day Carry Auto Knife

 

Find the Boker Kalashnikov 73 here on our website.

Boker Plus Schanz Integral Dagger Knife Review

Boker has teamed up with German knifemaker Juergen Schanz to create this dagger.  Named the Schanz Integral Dagger, or the S.I.D., this knife has been drop forged from one massive piece of 440C stainless steel.

Boker Schanz Integral Dagger
Boker Schanz Integral Dagger

An incredibly thick 440C stainless steel dagger, the SID is strong and sturdy.  A whopping 1/4″ thick, the full tang blade is sandwiched between two carefully sculpted green canvas Micarta scales. The knife measures a full 11 5/8″ long.  The blade has 6 7/8″ of fully usable cutting edge on both sides since the dagger is sharpened all the way from tip down to the ricasso on both edges of the blade.  The Schanz Dagger weighs in at 14 ounces. This technologically challenging wonder of a dagger does perfect duty as a combat companion. It is the kind of knife that is going to stand up to whatever you throw at it.

Boker Schanz Dagger
Boker Schanz Dagger

Here you can see the impressive handle scales.  The handle measures 7/8″ thick and 1 1/8″ wide at the widest point.  Each of the scales is carefully sculpted from green canvas Micarta.  Micarta is the common term for resin impregnated fiber compounds.  Produced by layering linen with resin and then adding heat and pressure.  The heat and pressure combine with the materials to create a chemical reaction called polymerization that transforms the layers into an incredibly stable and durable product called Micarta.  Micarta is nearly impervious to weather as well as most oils and solvents.  Because of this, it is highly prized as knife handle materials for knives that are expected to see hard use in a wide variety of environments–such as combat duty. The handle scales are attached to the handle tang with two 3/8″ hollow scale pins.  The one closer to the butt of the handle can easily double as a lanyard hole.  This means you can get an even more secure grip on the handle through the use of a lanyard.   This handle is further improved with spectacular quillions (the two parts that jut out from the top of the handle and keep your hand from slipping up onto the blade when making piercing cuts).  They are perfectly curved to proved a solid, comfortable resting place for your fingers as you choke up on the S.I.D.

Boker Schanz Dagger
Boker Schanz Dagger, side View

This knife is a true masterpiece that is perfect for collectors and those who just want a great dagger to use.  Each one has it’s own serial number–the number is found on the back side of the dagger blade right on the ricasso.

The Boker Schanz Dagger also comes with a high quality leather sheath that has a belt loop.  It also has a snap strap that goes over one of the quillions to keep the dagger from bouncing out of the sheath when you are on the move.

Boker Schanz Dagger w/ Sheath
Boker Schanz Dagger w/ Sheath

Looking to pick one of these daggers up for your collection?  You can find it here.

Boker Kalashnikov 74B Knife Review

The Boker Kalashnikov 74B automatic knife delivers compact cutting power to your hand on a daily basis. Built tough to withstand the rigors of heavy use, the delightful design on the 74B makes for performance cutting with comfort and ease along with a dash of class.

Boker Kalashnikov 74B
Boker Kalashnikov 74B Automatic Knife

The Kalashnikov name comes from Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian designer of the AK-47 automatic gun.  Over 100 million of these guns have been produced worldwide, and to celebrate this amazing designer, Boker produced the Automat Kalashnikov 74 series of knives.  Each one bears the word Automat Kalashnikov 74 on the blade and the pivot screw also reads Kalashnikov in English and Cyrillic.  The center of the pivot screw has the famous Russian Star–which I think is a fun touch.

Kalashnikov 74B Blade
Kalashnikov 74B Blade

The 74B comes standard with a 3.25″ classic profile drop point blade that features partial serrations.  The flat grind gives tapers from the top edge down to the cutting edge where it gives way to a secondary bevel.  The secondary bevel means that it keeps more edge durability while sacrificing very little sharpness.  Made of AUS8 stainless steel, this tough steel has .75% carbon that means it will hold an edge and can still be sharpened with relative ease.  The blade has a black coat finish.

Boker Kalashnikov 74B
Boker Kalashnikov 74B Handle and Clip

The grey aluminum handle boasts four finger grooves and three raised and angled “speed bumps” that channel your fingers into the correct position for maximum grip.  The two handle scales are held together with three small screws and barrel spacers as well as the pivot screw.  Open construction makes for simple cleaning and maintenance.  The spine features jimped areas both near the blade and near the base for maximum grip for your thumb whether you hold the knife in a traditional grip or have it in a reverse grip.

BOKKALS74B Pocket Clip
BOKKALS74B Pocket Clip

The deep carry pocket clip gives your knife a near invisible ride when in your pocket.  The clip is removable.

Boker Kalashnikov Front Handle
Boker Kalashnikov Front Handle

The blade on this automatic knife (auto conversion) snaps open with authority when the button lock is pressed.  The button resides in a small depression to prevent accidental opens.  When opening, the blade snaps up against a solid stop pin.

The Boker Kalashnikov is incredibly successful due to a simple design performed well. Produced from quality materials that withstand heavy use, the Kalashnikov 74B is a stellar all around carry knife.

The knife comes in a delightful box that is reminiscent of an AK-47 banana clip.

Kalashnikov 74B and Box
Kalashnikov 74B and Box

Looking to pick one up?  You can find the Boker Kalashnikov 74B here.