Boker Magnum Automatic Knife Review

Boker is one of the oldest knife manufacturers around, dating back clear into the 17th century. Boker says that “a huge chestnut tree towering above the small Boker hardware-factory in eh 17th century is the oldest traceable fact about the Boker family. Apparently Boker tools were very successful, for they ranked among the leading products in Germany and neighboring countries a hundred years later.”

In 1829, there was a rising demand in a politically restless era. Hermann and Robert Boker decided to start with the production of sabres in 1829. Inventories of September 1830 already prove a weekly production of 2000 pieces, made by 64 smiths, 47 grinders, and a large number of laborers. With an ever growing variety of tools and cutlery combined with the possibilities of international marketing the family realized that responsibility assignment was crucial to keep their chances. So Hermann Boker emigrated to found Boker & Co in New York, whereas the younger Robert established his company in Canada in 1865, and later a branch in Mexico.

Heinrich only cross the river Wupper to go to Solingen, where the German cutlery industry was booming, to found Heiner. Boker & Co. with the well-known cutlery expect Hermann Heuser in 1869.

The Bokers in Remscheid and their cousins overseas were very interested and in demand of razors, scissors, and pocket knives from Heinrich’s new enterprise. They had to label their products in a simple manner for overseas-markets, for many customers had problems spelling the German name Boker. Heinrich considered the chestnut tree as an ideal memorable logo, which belonged to the Remscheid company with another one, an arrow. One of the rare and precious documents, which survived the total destruction of WWII is an ad of Boker Remscheid form 1874, showing both logos.

The relationship between the two Boker companies has always been very friendly. Heinrich was allowed to take the tree-brand with him across the river without troubles or payments. Since then not a single product has left the Solingen factory without this sign. After over 100 years of existence the venerable tree was cut down by a stroke of lighting in 1925. A gifted artist carved an image of the majestic tree into a piece of original tree trunk, which adorns the executive’s office in Solingen.

The US market actually became the main customer of Boker production as early as 1900 with H. Boker & Co in New York concentrating on Solingen cutlery. The demand for pocket knives soon beat that for other products like scissors or razors. In due course, the Solingen capacities were exhausted and the New Yorkers started their own pocket knife production. Because of the tree-brand being well established by then and the good understanding within the international Boker family, there wasn’t any problem to get permission from Solingen to use the tree-brand for American products too. Since then, there were two different lines of Boker knives son the US market, with identical logos and sometimes even identical item numbers, one line made in USA, the other made in Solingen. The only distinguishing characteristic is the markings “Boker USA” or “H. Boker Improved Cutlery Solingen.”

With such a rich history, you can expect rich, high quality knives. Today, we will be talking about the Boker Magnum.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel. This is an upper mid-range steel. AUS-8 steel is Japanese made and extremely similar to 440B steel which is slightly more resistant to rust and corrosion than 440C but less hard. It’s also similar tough but may not hold its edge as well as some of the more premium steels which carry a greater degree of carbon. Remember, more carbon means more hardness and edge holding. This steel is really easy to sharpen and does take a razor sharp edge. This is one of the more common stainless steels, and it is one readily available in lots of different places worldwide. This is a decent all around steel. It is hard enough, tough enough, and stain resistant enough. It will not hang long with high end powder metal steels, but among the steels you are going to find on most knives, this is a pretty good choice.

The blade has been finished with a black coated finish. Coatings provide corrosion resistance, but they will scratch off eventually and at different rates, depending on the quality of the coating. Coated finishes are completely matte and reduce glares and reflections, while also reducing wear and corrosion. Coatings can prolong the life of a blade by preventing corrosion or rust. Quality coatings do add cost to a knife, but will provide more corrosion resistance, less reflection, and even require less maintenance.

Boker Magnum Auto Knife, Tanto
Boker Magnum Auto Knife, Tanto

The Boker Magnum has been carved into a tanto blade shape. The tanto blade shape is the perfect option if you don’t want an all-purpose knife. This blade shape is designed for doing one thing and that one thing really well. The thing that the tanto excels at is piercing through tough materials. This style of blade was originally designed for armor piercing, the tanto blade was popularized by Cold Steel and is similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. The tanto knife has a high point with a flat grind, leading to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tips, so it is able to absorb the impact form repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge at an angle, rather than a curve. As a result, the tanto blade does not have a belly, which is sacrificed in exchange for a stronger tip. Because it does lack a belly for slicing, it is not useful as a general utility knife. However, its extremely strong point allows it to be used in tough situations where piercing hard materials is required. When you choose this knife, you are choosing a knife that is specifically tailored to piercing tough materials.

This knife does feature a combo blade edge. This edge style is where the top portion of the blade is a plain edge and the bottom portion of the blade is a serrated edge. This style of blade edge has actually overtaken the all-serrated format. There are plenty of mixed feelings on this format. Many people actually swear by this format, and feel that it is a good compromise, giving the user the choice of precise push cuts form the plain edge, and the advantage of the serrated edge for tougher materials. However, because the edge is split, some people feel like the serrated portion is too short for the serrations to really be useful and the length of the plain edge is being sacrificed for no good gain. Really, when choosing a knife with a combo edge, it comes down to solely preference. There are plenty of good things to a combo edge, but there are also a few drawbacks. I would recommend looking at what you expect to be doing with this knife to see if it is a good option for you and your lifestyle.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Magnum has been made out of aluminum. This aluminum has been anodized black, not only for color, but also for hardness and protection. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. It is in the category of low density metals, but it still has the hefty feel to it, without actually weighing the knife down. This balance is hard to achieve because you want the knife to feel hefty enough to take on your daily tasks, but you don’t want your knife to weigh you down, like a steel handle would. When this material is texturized correctly, it can provide you with a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable and easy for extended use. Unfortunately, one of the biggest disadvantages is that if you are using your knife quite a bit during colder winter months, you might find the handle uncomfortably cold given its conductive properties. Aluminum is generally considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother Titanium, which tends to be found on the more premium knives. One of the other drawbacks to this handle material is that it is susceptible to scratches and dings.

The ergonomics of this handle are excellent. The handle curves to fit in your palm smoothly and comfortably, even if you are using this knife for long periods of time. The butt of the handle is flared out slightly and three are grooves cut in down the palm of the handle to provide you with exceptional grip.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip has been designed for tip down carry only. The clip is mostly straight, but the portion that is screwed into the handle does curved to match the curves of the handle top. The clip is black, matching the rest of the knife and three black screws keep it held in place.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife. Automatic knives do have a series of strict laws surrounding them in the United States. They are not legal in all states, cities, or areas. Make sure that you are certain about your local laws before purchasing and carrying this knife, because it might be illegal to carry. Automatic knives are also known as switchblades. This is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activate. Most switchblade designs incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened positon. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed position.

There are plenty of advantages to having an automatic knife such as that they are fast and you can even open them one handed. Some of the disadvantages are that there is restricted ownership, they are usually more expensive, and since there are so many mechanical pieces, something could break and then the knife wouldn’t work. If you are in a tactical situation, an automatic knife is going to be a great option because they do have crazy fast blade deployment. However, while automatic knives are extremely fast to deploy, they are also typically slower to close.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Boker Magnum is 3.25 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 8 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4.75 inches long. The knife weighs in at 4.4 ounces. When you order this knife from BladeOps, the seals on the box will arrive broken due to the knife being converted in our shop.

 

Conclusion:

The Boker Magnum automatic knife is one of the more popular side open automatics on the market today considering the price point. This knife is referred to an auto-conversion knife which means the knife is produced as a folder knife and then converted via third party to offer the automatic function. The Magnum series features an aluminum handle scale that is comfortable and ergonomic and the AUS-8 blade material offers better edge retention than you would expect. The aluminum handle is extremely durable and resistant to rusting or corrosion. The AUS-8 is a quality, all-around steel that is going to be able to take on almost all of your daily challenges. With a knife made out of both of these materials, you can expect a knife that is going to step up to the plate and succeed under pressure. This particular model features a black handle with standard hardware and a tanto blade, that is partly serrated, in a black finish. Finally, the pocket clip is designed for tip down carry only. Pick up your Boker Magnum Tanto Automatic Knife today at BladeOps.

 

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The Boker Plus 01BO777 Lateralus Knife Review

Boker has been around since the 17th century. There was a huge chestnut tree towering above the small Boker hardware-factory in the 17th century, which is the oldest traceable fact about the Boker family. For hundreds of years, it seems as if Boker tools have been successful and ranked among the leading products in Germany and spreading to the neighboring countries and then worldwide hundreds of years later.

It was due to rising demand in a politically restless era Hermann and Robert Boker decided to start with the production of sabers in 1829. Inventories of September 1830 already prove a weekly production of 2000 pieces, made by 64 smiths, 47 grinders, and a large number of laborers. With an ever growing variety of tools and cutlery combined with the possibilities of international marketing, the family realized that responsibility assignment was crucial to keep their chances. So Hermann Boker emigrated to found Boker & Co. in New York, whereas the younger Robert established his company in Canada and 1865 a branch of it in Mexico.

The Boker’s in Remscheid and their cousins overseas were very interested and in demand of razors, scissors, and pocket knives from Heinrich’s new enterprise. They had to label their products in a simple manner for overseas-markets, for many customers had problems spelling the German name Boker—apart from widespread analphabetism. Heinrich considered the chestnut-tree as an ideal memorable log, which belonged to the Remscheid company with another one, an arrow. One of the rare and precious documents, which survived the total destruction of WWII is an ad of Boker Remscheid from 1874, showing both logos.

On Boker’s website, they say, “The relationship between the two Boker companies has always been very friendly. Heinrich was allowed to take the tree-brand with him across the river without troubles or payments. Since then, not a single product has left the Solingen factory without this sign. After over 100 years of existence the venerable tree was cut down by a stroke of lighting in 1925. A gifted artist carved an image of the majestic tree into a piece of original tree trunk, which adorns the executive’s office in Solingen.”

Within the Boker Brand, there are four different lines. They have the Premium collection, the Boker Arboltio—which is the tradition collection, Boker Plus—which is the innovation collection, and lastly Magnum by Boker—which is Price and Performance.

The Lateralus is part of the Boker Plus line. The products in this line are in close cooperation with international acknowledged experts from military, police and security as they develop and test tactical knives for the professional user. Boker Plus knives are innovative in terms of function and design, as well as guaranteed for everyday use. Conception, design, and construction are carried out in Solingen, and production takes place in Europe, the USA, and Asia.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of D2 Tool Steel. This steel is used in industrial settings. It has a high hardness and relatively high toughness that make it an excellent choice in the industrial setting and in cutlery. While it is technically not a stainless steel, it is relatively corrosion resistant. This steel is considered a “semi stainless” as it falls just short of the required amount of chromium to qualify as full stainless. D2 has been around for more than 20 years, which is considered an eternity in metallurgy terms. Over the years, different heat treats have emerged, but one has risen to the top as the best—Bob Dozier’s D2. Despite its age, it is a truly superior steel. D2 steel is much harder than other steels in the same category such as 154CM or ATS-34, and as a result, it does hold its edge a little better. With that being said, it is not as tough as many other steels and is exponentially tougher to sharpen. In fact, you will most likely need to be a master sharpener to get a fine edge eon D2 steel.

The Lateralus has been finished with a stonewash finish. A stonewashed finish refers to tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. There is a wide variety of stonewashed finish based upon the abrasive shape, tumbling motion, and the type of finish the blade has before it entered the tumbler. One of the very positive benefits of a stonewashed blade is that it is a very low maintenance finish and it easily preserves the original look of the blade overtime. A stonewash finish also hides fingerprints pretty well, so the blade might not need to be polished as often as others with different finishes. The stonewash finish provides the knife with a very rugged, well-worn look. Depending on the manufacturer, a stonewash finish can often look satin from a distance.

The blade has been carved into a drop point style blade. This is a great all-purpose knife that can stand up to almost anything. This shape is also one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a drop point is the hunting knife, although it is used on many other types of knives as well, including the larger blades in Swiss army knives. To form this shape, the back edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which does create a lowered point. It is this lowered point that provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. It is because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use that makes drop point blades a popular blade shape on tactical and survival knives. Drop point knives feature a large belly area that tis perfect for slicing. One of the only real disadvantages the drop point blade is its relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the clip point. However, this broad tip provides point strength that is not found on the similar clip point knives. When you choose this knife, because of the drop point, you are equipping yourself with a blade that reacts well in many situations.

The Lateralus does sport a plain edge, which will give you very clean cuts. This plain edge will also be able to take on a wide variety of tasks—more tasks than a serrated or combo edge would be able to complete. The plain edge is easier to sharpen and you will also be able to get a finer edge on it.

On the spine of the blade, there is a row of thick, shallow jimping to help you have complete control over your cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle of this Boker knife is made out of G10 and stainless steel. The front handle scale is G10. G10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. It has very similar properties to carbon fiber yet can be had for almost a fraction of the cost. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material that results is extremely tough hard, very lightweight, and strong. G10 is actually the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger, although more brittle, than Micarta. G10 is durable and lightweight, but

Boker Lateralus
Boker Lateralus

still non-porous. These qualities make it a phenomenal choice for tactical folder and fixed blades, because it is in these genres that things are going to messy. The G10 on the front handle scale is black.

The back handle scale is made out of stainless steel. This material provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not lightweight. Also, stingless steel can be slippery. Because it is combined with the G10 handle scale though, the weight won’t be an issue and the G10 will give you a secure enough grip. Stainless steel is strong and durable.

For the texturing and solid grip, Boker has a series of grooves going down the palm of the handle. The shape of this handle is a unique one. The handle is much skinnier at the top of the knife, where the blade and handle meet. There is a deep, elongated finger groove carved out of the bottom part of the handle. This finger groove is going to give you a secure, comfortable grip on this knife. The butt of the handle is rectangular, but it does have an angled portion. It is on the angled portion that the knife features the lanyard hole.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The clip is on the stainless steel handle scale, so it is stainless steel. This clip is kept in place by two small, silver screws, which do match the rest of the hardware on the Lateralus.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife features a flipper mechanism. This is an assisted-opening knife which means that it is a type of folding knife which uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using the flipper. When the knife is in the closed position, the blade is held in place by means of torsion springs and an additional blade lock. As the user applies manual pressure to the flipper, a mechanism such as a torsion spring moves along a track in the liner and rapidly rotates the blade into the open and locked position. Although commonly confused with switchblade knives, a switchblade can be opened automatically simply by the push of a button, but the user of an assisted-opening knife must open it about one quarter of the way before the mechanism opens the knife the rest of the way. The difference is important legally because the blade does not simply open by the push of a button or by the force of gravity, the assisted opening knife is typically not considered a switchblade and may escape the restrictions applying to those in many places.

The flipper mechanism is a square shaped protrusion that juts out of the pine of the handle when the knife is closed. You pull back on this piece of metal and it flips the knife open and locks it into place. The blade is deployed by using the index finger to pull back on it. This not only keeps your hands at a safe distance from the blade but gives you an added finger guard once opened. The flipper in most cases, including this one, will actually wing around and end up underneath the knife continuing to offer protection form accidental knife injuries. If you are concerned with the safety of your thumb, a flipper knife will be more to your liking.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.7 inches long with an overall knife length of 7.9 inches long. The handle of this Boker Plus knife is 4.2 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.7 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The Lateralus is a Jason Stout designed flipper model that is a distant cousin to the Lucas Burnley designed Kihon–but with alternative styling, a longer blade and a lighter frame. Each frame lock designed model features a tool steel blade that is deployed with the spine flipper function and operates quick and fluid-like thanks to the ball bearing pivot. Stout also added his own personal flair–outfitting the Lateralus with a massive blood groove and the deep finger groove allows for accurate precision work. The Boker Plus line of knives are designed in cooperation with knife experts worldwide and provide innovative knife concepts for every task. This model features a black G-10 front handle scale, a stainless steel back handle scale, a drop point style blade in a stonewash finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. You can find your new Lateralus here on our website.

 

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