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.

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.