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Boker Plus Airforce Pilot Survival Knife 4.5" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 02BO155

$61.95

MSRP* : $82.95 | You Save* : $21.00 (25%)
Part #: BO02BO155 | Boker Knives
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Description
BO02BO155: Airforce Pilot Survival Knife
Boker Plus

A Warrior's Workhorse.

A reissue of extremely rare standard issue knife. In the late 1940's, General Curtis LeMay, the head of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), authorized the creation of a survival kit for the crews of the long range bombers. Requirements were to be an effective tool for survival in the wild, with the ability to perform a number of functions to include field dressing and cleaning fish. A must was that the knife had to be lightweight. The Air Force reviewed the Randall Model 14, but deemed it too heavy. Decision makers who were well aware of the "Tree Brand" product requested input from Boker. The initial production of 300 pieces for evaluation resulted in immediate approval and the Boker fixed blade became the official survival knife of the U.S. Air Force. The 8 3/8" overall knife has a 4 1/2" SK5 carbon steel blade, mirror finished. The handle is crafted of leather, with aluminum and brass spacers and pommel. Includes an SAC leather sheath. Weight: 3.6 oz. Made in China.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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Tom Horn
Illinois
Apr 08, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
A Nostalgic Knife
This is more an interpretation of the original 155 Pilot Survival Knife, than a replica. I had one of the civilian ‘hunter,’ versions when I was a teenager in the early 1970’s. I traded a wood skate board (the kind w/roller skate wheels) for the knife. The original had a little longer beak on the pommel. This is more a pug nosed pommel. The guard was different, too. Seems to me that the handle was rounder/fuller in the middle, but I probably had smaller hands, then. The original knife definitely wasn’t polished steel, at least by the time it got to me (pitted + grind worn). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excellent fit ‘n’ finish on this Böker Plus Airforce Pilot Survival Knife, as you have come to expect with the Böker Plus line. I call this type of blade, “hunter’s steak knife.” It is a knife you are intimately familiar with, since the time you could cut your own meat. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I wasn’t too, keen on SK5 steel at first, but I am warming to it. It has performed well on CRKT’s, Rakkason, Clever Girl, and OC3 (all available at KnifeCenter.com). It holds an edge comparable to 1095, and seems a tough, resilient tool steel. Not overly prone to rust, like 5160. This Pilot’s Survival Knife has a beautiful polished blade, you don’t see much anymore. Arrived fairly sharp, but could use a dressing. There is no 90 degree on spine to facilitate Ferro rod striking. >>>>>>>>>>>> The handle/grip could be fuller, but is comfortable. It is supposed to be a minimalist survival knife, anyway. I definitely like the more traditional guard on the original Pilot Survival Knife; but this is more streamlined (concealable for E&E). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Strategic Air Command sheath takes me back to my boyhood, just a boom away from a SAC base, where sonic booms rattled my mother’s china cabinet on a regular basis. Nice deep-seat sheath. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It is interesting that this is what the U.S. Air Force came up with as a survival knife, after WWII. This would hardly cut-it as a survival knife today. Do you really want a bright, shiny pommel? There are many great stainless steels available today (154CM, H1, CPM S35VN, etc.) that would require much less care in a survival situation/harsh environments. More durable/weather resistant handle materials, too (Micarta, G-10, etc.). A Kydex sheath won’t rot in a wet environment. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is a nice knife for collectors of military knives, and definitely makes a nice hunter, or edc fixed blade. Thin and nimble enough for bird ‘n’ trout, but long and stout enough for deer sized game. Handy for every sort of utility. Compared to the original Böker Pilot Survival knife I would only give it 4 stars. Nostalgia probably makes everything better than it actually was. But, compared to today’s knives, and for the price and quality, this is definitely a solid 5 star knife.
5 out of 5
Ben
Britain
Jul 20, 2016
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, None
I use this knife in work for everything, it's size and shape is perfect for multiple tasks... Don't know how I lived without it. My only criticism would be the weight, this knife is very light, but I guess that's down to personal preference.
5 out of 5
Trent Williams
Dallas, Texas
May 31, 2011
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
perfectly balanced for real work
Handles effortlessly to perform the normal tasks that we by knives to perform. The quality of the steel is really higher than I expected. The edge is perfect for these tasks and the grip circumference and length balance well with the size of the blade. Quite a nice buy. On the down side, the sheath, though very well made, is too large for the blade; really a mismatch! How can this happen? Looking for an inner sheath that will take up the slack.
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