Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Great knife design
When the Boker Plus Vox Rold came out several years ago, I immediately purchased one because I liked the size, design and steel (it was originally available only in D2). I wound up purchasing 4 of the D2 stonewashed version. I recently purchased the black D2 version and this black SK5 version for a comparison of the steels. The SK5 steel acts much like D2 in sharpening and use, though I think the D2 reached a finer edge a little easier. The D2 seems to hold a finer edge a little longer, though both edges are easily touched up and hold a good edge very well. I am one of the old guys who believe a knife should be used for knife things, not for chopping, digging, hammering, etc., so I may never learn which steel is toughest, but I figure they are both tougher than anything I will ever try to cut. The quality of both knife and sheath are excellent. The quality of the design, geometry and comfort are excellent. Boker is a good, dependable company that will probably be around forever. I believe this knife design is one of the best designs to come out in the last 60 years for a person who wants a single, good, dependable knife for general use in any activity. I would not be unhappy if I were a hermit and this were my only knife. The question of D2 vs SK5 has been debated for years. If you aren't a serious critic of steel performance, you won't know the difference. The black finish on the SK5 is a little rougher than the D2. The SK5 I purchased came with an excellent nylon sheath rather than the kevlar sheath of the D2 version. I much prefer the nylon. From many years experience, you can trust Boker quality.