Boker Leopard Damascus III Collection Flipper Knife 3.82" Blade with Dual Thumb Studs, Aluminum Handles with Grenadill Wood Inlay - 110127DAM
BO110127DAM: Leopard Damascus III, Flipper with Dual Thumb Studs
This version of the third generation of the Boker Leopard Damascus pocket knife has a flipper and a thumb stud. Strenuous manual labor is needed to forge the tank's barrel steel combined with tool steel (chromium, manganese and vanadium alloy) and 1.3505 bearing steel into more than 300 layers of Damascus steel. The result is a Leopard Damascus blade with unmatched cutting properties and a hardness of 61 to 63 HRC. In each blade, the three different steel types are clearly visible. The handle of CNC-milled AlMgSi1 aluminum is hardcoat-anodized in gray, which creates an interesting contrast to the dark inlay of certified imported Grenadill wood. With reversible pocket clip (tip-up/tip-down). Comes with a frame case, certificate of authenticity and individual serial number.
Damascus steel is the name of a type of steel that was very popular in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age. It was named after the Syrian city of Damascus, a former trade center for knives and swords with this type of blade. Today, Damascus steel is not as widely used as stainless or carbon steel but still appreciated for its decorative exterior.
Damascus is a composite steel, i.e. a steel made from two or more steel bases with different characteristics. The finished product has a clearly visible texture of alternating layers of its base materials. Two or more types of steel are used to make a composite in order to achieve a finished product that combines their strengths. Damascus steel was developed to compensate for the disadvantages of steel as a material in the production of swords, knives and other weapons. Using a hard or soft steel to make blades resulted in specific advantages and disadvantages: Blades made from hard steel are very strong and retain their edge for a long time, but they are also brittle and quick to break. Blades made from soft steel, on the other hand, don't break but bend and lose their edge quickly.
The combination of hard and soft steel typical for Damascus results in a finished product that doesn't break (like soft steel) while still offering good edge retention (like hard steel). The base materials of Damascus steel are usually welded together. The steel layers are forge-welded according to a basic principle: Finer layers of steel are better and easier to join. It is not unusual to weld several hundred layers for one blade.
Today, Damascus steel no longer plays a role in blade production due to the availability of mono steel products (made from one type of steel) offering the same properties achieved in Damascus steel by combining two or more steel types. Damascus steel is still appreciated for its decorative exterior and long history.
- Blade Length: 3.82"
- Cutting Edge: 3.625"
- Handle Length: 5.00"
- Overall Length: 8.86"
- Blade Thickness: 0.14"
- Blade Material: 300 Layer Damascus Steel
- Blade Hardness: 61-63 HRC
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Damascus
- Handle Thickness: 0.60"
- Handle Material: Aluminum with Grenadill Wood Inlay
- Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
- Opener: Flipper, Dual Thumb Studs
- Pocket Clip: Tip-Down, Right Carry
- Weight: 5.40 oz.
- Made in Germany