Pros: Blade Material, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Finish
A Head Turner, But Disappointing
Another example of Boker's lackluster execution of what appears to be a good design. The blade steel (440C) is a respectable choice and the sleek handle scales make for an attractive knife and ergonomic grip. What is disappointing, however, is the blade's grind. From the pictures and description, one would think this knife was Scandi ground similar to the Ray Mears Woodlore that it is so obviously patterned after. Perhaps it should be, but mine came with a distinct secondary bevel. This was not the micro-convex that occurs on most Scandis but a discrete, fairly obtuse secondary v-grind. While the description emphasizes the "stability" of the edge, this rendered the knife too dull for the finest bushcraft tasks such as feathersticking. It took a fair amount of sharpening to correct the issue and the result was a Scandi-convex similar to many Condor knives. Speaking of Condor knives, they have similar blades of arguably higher quality at more attractive prices. Condors frequently need tweaking of their own, but I don't mind a little effort if I'm getting value. The Boker aspires to more but achieves less.Additionally, the sheath is underwhelming (though serviceable) and the fire starter, while functional, is a little overbuilt and heavier than it needs to be. Sad to say, but arguably the best thing about this knife is the box it comes in.