BOKAL007DAM: Kalashnikov Leo DamascusBoker Knives
Sixty-two years after the end of World War II, Boker came up with a new knife concept, which would not have been imaginable in the past. In fearsome battles the Russian and German forces had fought during the war, men and materials were stretched to the maximum. Now, at the 60th anniversary of the legendary assault rifle AK47, engineered by Mikhail Kalashnikov, peace is celebrated by past enemies with this special edition. Boker has united the philosophies and outstanding characteristics of the Russian assault rifle and the German battle tank Leopard. The blade features over 300 layers of LEO Damascus steel, hand forged. Another great feature is the Damascus pattern from the LEO I, "Small Pyramids". His affirmation to this project is documented by Mikhail Kalashnikov's signature, which is brought into the blade through a special etching process.
The Leo-Damascus, a high performance steel, was made available to Boker through a noted European Damascus forger, Markus Balbach. This particular steel was forged out of the barrel of the German battle tank Leopard I, thus the name Leo Damascus. This specialty steel is not available on the market and there is no material number even assigned to it because it is only used by the military. Herr Balbach was fortunate to acquire some of it for Boker exclusively.
A chromium-manganese and vanadium tool steel alloy was added to this extremely wear resistant barrel steel. The result is a remarkably high hardness for Damascus steel (63-65HRC). The pattern provided on the blade is labeled "small pyramid" providing a spectacular work of art and, as with all true Damascus, every blade is different. The CNC milled, hardcoat anodized AlMgSi1 aluminum handle is decorated with rare, hand selected Cocobolo wood and includes a pocket clip. Comes in a wood box with a certificate of authenticity. Blade length 4". Overall length 8 7/8". Weight 6 oz.