- Textured Polymer Handle
- Length, Open: 7.5"
- Length, Closed: 4.25"
- Blade Length: 3.25"
- Blade Material: AUS 8 Stainless Steel
- Weight: 4.70 oz.
- Handle Material: Black Textured Aluminum
- Deep Carry, Tip Up Pocket Clip
- Stonewash Hardware
With the giant chestnut tree as their symbol of strength and endurance, Boker has been a notable name in the knife making industry, and many other industries, for several hundred years. Originally making tools and cutting equipment during the 17th century, war and other circumstances lead the company to make sabers and other weaponry. Years later, the company would expand into new markets worldwide; including the United States. Hermann Boeker emigrated and founded H. Boeker & Co. in New York. After this change, cutting tools became Bokers main type of product. From razor blades to scissors, Boker had an edge for the industry.
Soon pocket knives became more important than scissors, shaving blades and eating utensils. The demand only increased with time, and production was not able to keep up. The growing demand called for the entire Boker family to come together to meet a world demand. However, during WWII, things suddenly changed. The German plant in Solingen had been burned down to the ground. The company faced hardship trying to rebuild itself out of the ashes.
After many years of different ownership, Boker now has a place to call home. In 1986, Boker USA, Inc. was created in Denver, Colorado. Dan Weidner, who has been part of Boker USA almost since its inception, is now the president of the company. Boker continues to this day to produce quality knives for an ever-growing market.
Boker Plus and Other Series
There are many different sub brands within the Boker Company. Boker Plus is one of them. It differs from the main category of knives made by Boker. Boker itself is a brand of knivesunder Boker USA Inc.manufactured in Solingen, Germany. Only knives with the tree symbol branded onto it are manufactured in Solingen. This is because the tree symbol is used as a sign of quality. Any knife that includes the tree symbol or is labeled "Tree Brand" are included in this category of knives.
Boker Plus differs from this main line of knives offered by Boker. This line is a medium-priced line of knives manufactured in Taiwan and China. Generally speaking, Boker Plus is a step below the Boker line and a step above the Magnum line by Boker. You'll typically find a range of tactical and outdoor knives in this line. Due to the fact that Boker Plus isn't a completely focused on keeping costs low, the knives often feature collaborations with knife makers, so you can try different designs for less money.
The Boker Strike is another impressive knife to go along with the other automatic knives made by Boker. Listed below are the different specifications for the Strike.
- Product Type: Automatic
- Overall Length: 7.50"
- Weight: 5.1 oz.
- Handle Length: 4.25"
- Blade Length: 3.25"
- Blade Thickness: 0.120"
- Blade Material: AUS-8
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Handle Material: Aluminum
- Handle Color: Black
- Pocket Clip: Tip-Down, or Tip-Up
The steel that is used with the Strikes blade is AUS-8 Stainless Steel. Made in Japan, this steel is exceptionally hard and is quite capable of achieving and retaining a sharp edge. Plus, with the high amount of chromium, this knife is extremely rust-resistant. AUS-8 is said to be compared to steels like 440C, CM-154, and D2. This well-rounded knife has high quality in its hardness, toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. While this metal is still far from being perfect, it is a quality steel for what it costs to produce.
Safety Slide and Plunge Lock
A special feature found on the Boker Strike is the safety slide found on the front face of the handle. This safety isnt found on hardly any other Boker knives. If you are concerned about safety, and keeping you knife closed when it should be closed, then the Strike is the knife for you. The firing and locking mechanism is a plunge lock. This is common for most automatic knives, especially in Boker autos. The lock is fairly secure. All locks are susceptible to breaking, but in my experience, I havent had any trouble with it.
Automatic knives offer many advantages that typical folders, fixed blades, and spring assisted knife do not offer. They are different than a traditional knife and bring a new element to the knife industry. One benefit to owning an auto is its deployment speed. Some may argue that a spring assisted knife is just as fast as an automatic knife. This is true in many cases, but what makes an automatic knife a better option is because of how easy it is to open. With the press of a button or a flick of a switch, the blade will flash open in a blink of an eye. Not only is it quick, but it can be fired off with one hand. These features come in handy during many circumstances. If one of your hands in a bind or holding an object in need of cutting, an auto can be opened right away with one hand and do its job. Emergency response teams and others are constantly faced with situations that require a decent knife that can be ready to use instantly. In many high-stress situations, having a knife ready in a blink of an eye using only one hand can help someone else live for one more day. Plus, firing off an auto is fun to do.
The finish on the Strikes blade is fairly unique. There is a mixed look between a satin finish and a stonewash finish. The process of getting a blade to look this way begins when the blade is rolled and tumbled with pebbles and an acid of sorts, then smoothed. In theory, it can hide scratches or other abrasions to the blade. This is a favorable characteristic that many knife owners desire. Because of the tumbling process to create this finish, it looks as if there are already hundreds of markings on it. Yet, the markings are done in a natural way to form a work of art. Similar to a snowflake, no two stonewashes are the same. The finish has a different look to it. It is able to reflect direct light off the surface blade. With all of the noticeable artistic markings on the knife, there is no need to worry about other markings that may come with using the knife. The knife can be used for its intended purpose of cutting and doing any other type of work while taking on any marking. Some suggest that because of the process, a stonewashed knife can become more resistant to rust as well. The acid oxidation it goes through in the process enhances a blade's rust resistance with a stable oxide barrier between the steel and its surrounding. Another benefit of stonewashing a blade is their low maintenance and their ability to preserve their original look overtime.
Unlike other stonewash finishes, the finish on the Strike is mixed with a satin finish. The stonewash isnt as noticeable or strong as other stonewashes in the industry. This particular finish is more reflective, seeing as the tumbling marks are not as obvious. It is a unique take on the traditional stonewash finish.
The drop point found on the Boker Strike is an all-purpose blade that is able to stand up to anything that it comes across. The large edge for cutting makes it perfect for slicing. Another advantage that the drop point has is its tip. The point on the blade is sharp and is thicker than other styles, thus allowing for a stronger tip. The point is also great when it comes to controlling the blade. Accuracy is key, especially when it comes to fine tune cutting. The drop point is an all-around good blade to have on a knife.
While the handle on the Boker Strike may have the appearance using G-10 handle scales, they are not made of G-10. The texture is just about the same, but the handle is made from aluminum. Aluminum is a decent handle material. It is lightweight, and when properly textured (such as the Strikes G-10 texture) the aluminum has a nice grip to it. Aluminum, by its own property, is cool when first held. But with some time and heat, it warms up.
The Strike has similar looks and designs as an Emerson knife. There is a distinct forefinger groove with thumb jimping on the back of the blade. These features make for a comfortable hold on the knife, while looking good. Generally speaking, the Boker Strike is an ergonomic friendly knife. The handle also has a pattern of capsule shaped grooves milled into the handle for a better look, and a better grip. Attached to the handle is a reversible pocket clip. This is to satisfy those who like either a tip-up carry, or a tip-down carry. Both of those options are available to you.
The Boker Strike Comes out of the box razor sharp. It is ready for some serious cutting. To test out this knife, a simple paper and cardboard cutting test was administered to find out the results of its strength and cutting ability. This is how it measured up: The paper test was flawless. Aside from some cuts that were a bit skewed from the floppy paper, the Strike was able to effortlessly cut through the paper. As for the cardboard, it performed just as well. The cardboard obviously required more effort on my part to cut through, but it performed just as well. From all that I can tell, the Strike will be able to withstand any, and every task that is encountered every day.
When looking to get a new knife, there are a few items to look at to confirm it will be a good everyday carry. Those items include the following: its carry depth, its weight, its thickness and width, and its appearance.
The Strike is comfortable to carry, both in your hand and in your pocket. When closed, the knife is just over four inches long. A typically comfortable carry knife is anywhere between three and a half to 5 inches long when closed. The Strike is smack dab in the middle of that range. The biggest things to ask are will it fit in my pant pocket, and will it fall out of my pocket? The Strike is deep enough that it shouldnt fall out of your pocket.
One of the more important aspects to consider when choosing an everyday carry is its weight. It is the worst feeling to have to carry heavy objects in your pocket, no matter what it is. A good knife weight ranges anywhere from as little as 3.0 ounces to 5.0 ounces. The Strike is close to this range. It weighs 5.1 ounces. When holding and carrying it, it feels decently well. It is quite dense for its size. But it isnt too overbearing.
Thickness and Width
When carrying a knife around all the time in your pocket, there is a limited amount of space available in your pocket. A good everyday carry knife should be comfortable to carry and easy to handle. When closed, the Strike is just over an inch wide. In terms of thickness, the knife is fairly thin. Were talking around half an inch thick. In theory, the Strike wont take up too much pocket real-estate.
I wouldnt worry too much about how it looks. Sure its got to look tough, but what really matters is if it will do the job. Having a decently conservative look to it, I would feel comfortable taking this knife anywhere; including the office or public.
The Boker Strike is another great addition to the Boker family collection. From its humble beginnings to its grand design, the Strike makes for a great everyday carry. It will get the job done. The knife looks great. Its not too dull with its handle design and details. Grab yourself a Boker Plus Strike today.