Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Lock Type
An Elegant Beast
The ads hint that this Elegance 3000 is a new version of an old traditional design formerly built in Solingen. I did some searching, but since I'm not a collector I couldn't find a trace of anything that resembled this design.However, THIS KNIFE is awesome! It is well built and the massive 440C Stainless blade snaps into place just like my old Case Folding Hunter. But this knife is huge, even when compared to the Case. I could detect no flaws or blemishes, just some minor waviness in the FFG finish on the blade, but not so bad that I wouldn’t carry this beast for its exceptional usefulness at work. Additionally, the Elegance 3000 grip has G-10 scales that are sanded smooth. I don't know, I would have preferred leaving them in their natural rough state for a better grip, but actually the handle on this knife is so big it probably wouldn't slip out of grip even with a layer of grease sitting on it. Unlike most riveted traditional knives, this knife has torx screw fasteners, and the entire knife can be disassembled for a thorough cleaning.The Boker Elegance 3000 is a mid-lockback, which is very convenient but the lever takes a strong effort to disengage, so it might still require two hands for closing the blade. Opening the blade does require two hands. A mystery to me why they didn't leave a ridge on the blade or put thumb-push openers on it, because this big ol' 3mm thick blade stands out from the handle with plenty of available space for implementing any one of the push-open devices available. But I guess not everyone wants a blade that can be pushed open with one hand. I like this knife just the way it is too, because here is a knife that will stand up to a lot of hard use, and it will also look good while using it.