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Boker Plus Kwaiken Folding Knife 3-1/2" Blade, Micarta Handles (01BO291)

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Part Number: BO01BO291
Manufacturer: Boker Knives
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Description
BO01BO291: Boker Plus Kwaiken Folding Pocket Knife
Boker Plus
 
Slim and sharp, smooth and beautiful - an accurate description of the folding Kwaiken knife from Boker Plus. After a long time in development, this folder is a design of young knifemaker Lucas Burnley from New Mexico and a re-engineered piece of his popular fixed blade model. Burnley wanted to translate the Kwaiken's typically slim concept into a folding knife without drastically changing the proportions. 

The result is a design which has fascinated us at first glance. The clear lines and the slender knife which nevertheless houses the entire blade in the closed position are absolutely unique. Whoever is expecting to find compromises in the area of ergonomics because of the slim handle should take the knife in his hands and see for themselves. The green canvas Micarta scales offer a high amount of grip without being unnecessarily rough. The slim blade is made of AUS-8 stainless steel and deploys extremely smoothly due to the IKBS bearings. This knife is very reminiscent of the Heiho from CRKT and will definitely not disappoint.
Specifications
  • Overall length: 8-3/8"
  • Blade length: 3-1/2"
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.
  • Blade material: AUS-8
  • Handle material: Micarta
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 788857023020

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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Jason C
MN
Dec 26, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Material, Ease of Opening
Pretty good, but could use some revisions
Overall, the Boker Plus Kwaiken is a very good knife both in function and aesthetics. It has a blade of a functional length for a multitude of uses and the blade shape lends itself well to slicing everything from steak at the dinner table to whittling wood into tinder. The IKBS bearings make the blade action incredibly smooth without any side play and the liner lock locks up nice and tight. Steel liners and micarta scales make up the handle which is shaped well and is comfortable to hold. The liners are solid, giving the knife a bit of heft. I can say that clipped to my jeans pockets, I hardly notice it is there. The pocket clip came pretty tight out of the box, but a little flexing outwards loosened it up just enough to my liking. Some complaints I have about the knife are as mentioned by the other reviewers. The handle of the knife is so minimalist that it leaves the blade dangerously close to being exposed on two areas - the tip and near the pivot. My knife had a strong detent that kept the blade tip from being exposed, but it is possible for a fingertip or other bit of flesh to sneak in between the liners and get nicked. On the spine side, the sharpened edge near the pivot is just barely flush with the liners. A firm grip can allow the flesh to be squeezed in between them and contact the blade. I have not yet experienced any cuts from handling the closed knife, but I did come close to nicking myself on the tip. I would have preferred a slightly larger handle that would enclose the blade a millimeter or two more for an added margin of safety. I found the thumb disc to be a tad too small to allow me to readily open the knife up quickly and easily. I felt I had to dig the tip of my thumb under the disc in order to pop the blade out past the detent so enough would be exposed for my thumb to fully grasp and deploy. I found out Boker USA offers a larger thumb disc for the Kwaiken that can be had by simply contacting them. For the money, I would have expected to see a higher end steel, but AUS-8 is in plenty of my other knives and I have never had any issues with it. The knife came shaving sharp out of the box and has only required a little touching up occasionally to remain that way.
3 out of 5
Lyle Berry
Fort Pierce, Fl
Apr 09, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality
NIce Design but Watch Your FIngers!
Overall, this is a good-looking, stylish design with very sharp edge and point. My biggest beef is the blade point remains "peeking" up from the end of the liner when closed, such that you can get a nasty cut if you reach for it clipped to your pocket and forget that the point is not completely hidden.. Also, this makes it vulnerable to opening on its own when the tip catches on your pocket material, etc. so you could reach in to get it (unclipped) and again wind up with some unplanned surgery. This flaw should have been eliminated during design and never been introduced to the market. Use with a sheath should be okay, if you are careful.
4 out of 5
Rickey D
texas
Feb 26, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, None
use of knife: carried in the line of duty as a backup weapon and used as a general pocket knife for daily duties and functions. things that are great about the knife: the overall length and weight of the knife balances out well. the design and construction of the knife is similar to that of one that cost much more than the knife list for. the pocket clip secures the knife adequately. the locking mechanism secures the blade well and is functional and easy to use. components that need to be tweaked a bit: the placement of the belt clip (is on the same side as the as the tip of the knife) which increases the possibility of poking or cutting yourself while securing the knife in a pocket. the circular blade attachment on the top of the knife blade that is designed to be utilized to open the knife is mounted flush in the handle and does not afford itself to be used for the purpose it was designed. conclusion: Overall Boker did an exceptional job designing and constructing the knife. I would recommend the knife for both daily or duty use.
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