- Blade Length: 3.5"
- Overall Length: 8.375"
- Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: DLC Black
- Handle Length: 4.875
- Handle Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Weight: 3.2 oz.
The Boker Plus USN GX Kwaiken Auto Knife [Limited Run]
The history of Boker can be traced back to Germany in the 17th century. The history can feel convoluted and intense. What you really need to know about Boker is that they create products that are durable, reliable, and classy. And, like this specific knife, they do create their limited runs occasionally.
Do you want to get your hands on this limited run? Yes? Well then, you better hurry on over to BladeOps, because they do have a few in stock. There are only 100 of these that exist. You’d be missing out if you didn’t go get one now.
Boker Plus is described by Boker, “In close cooperation with international acknowledged experts from military, police and security we develop and test tactical knives for the professional user. Boker Plus knives are innovative in terms of function and design, as well as guaranteed for everyday use. Conception, design and construction are carried out in Solingen, and production takes place in Europe, the USA and Asia.” This line is specifically built to provide tactically. This limited run Kwaiken is no different. You will be able to rely on this knife at any time. It is going to get the job done for sure.
The man behind this knife is Lucas Burnley. His bio on burnleyknives.com says, “Burnley Knives was created in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2003 by Lucas Burnley.
Lucas’ formative years were spent traveling North America with his family where he was raised on a steady diet of adventure in the campgrounds of National Parks and under the tutelage of some of the best action movies of our time. Lucas views knives as a personal expression of independence, self-reliance, and fun—ideas and philosophies he began formulating as a, bowie-toting 7-year-old. He designs in a style that he considers to be Post-Tactical™, blending clean modern lines with tactical origins. Above all, he believes that utility shouldn’t come at the cost of beauty. Along with his custom line and BNRLY Brand (limited production), Lucas works closely with companies Boker and CRKT to continue making his designs available to a wider audience.”
You can definitely see his influence on this Kwaiken. While it does have hints of being a tactical knife, it definitely has the clean, modern lines that he prefers. This Boker can assist you in those tactical situations and is going to look good while it does it. You can also easily have this with you at all times as your EDC.
The blade has been made out of 154CM stainless steel. This high end steel is made by Crucible Industries. When they started to create this steel, they took 440C as their basic structure but upgraded it quite a bit. They did this by adding in Molybdenum, which leads to a better capacity at edge holding as well as helping it retain its corrosion resistance levels. This is a high end steel, but it is not a super steel. It will be tough enough for the majority of your jobs, but it is not the toughest steel you are going to come across. The steel is going to allow your blade to hold its edge well. It shouldn’t be too big of a challenge to sharpen when needed.
- High levels of corrosion resistance.
- Holds an edge well and has a medium difficulty of sharpening.
- Tough steel.
The blade has been finished with a DLC coating in black. DLC stands for Diamond Like Carbon coating. It is the hardest and strongest coating that you can get on a knife blade. While many coatings will scratch off over time, the DLC is going to remain on and intact. Not only does it stay on for longer than most other coatings, it is pitch black. This means that it is not going to reflect or glare off of anything, which can be crucial in a tactical situation. Just like any coating, the DLC is going to prolong the life of the blade considerably. However, because of the quality of this coating and the fact that it is applied through a PVD process, it is going to raise the cost of the overall knife considerably.
- Extremely strong and tough coating.
- Won’t scratch off like other coatings do.
- Won’t let the knife glare or reflect.
- It is a very expensive addition to a knife.
The blade has been carved into a drop point style. This is not the most commonly found blade shape for no reason. No, there are plenty of reasons. Some include the versatility and some include the toughness. Whatever the reason, just know that with a drop point, you are in good hands. The first aspect that makes for such a great knife is the dropped point. This is where the blade shape got its name from. It also lets you control your cuts so much easier. I’m not kidding. The lower the tip, the easier you are going to be able to perform fine detail work. The dropped point is also a broad point, which does give you more strength. This is not going to be prone to breaking, even when used on harder targets. Lastly, the belly on the USN GX Kwaiken is large. This is going to make stabbing a breeze. The drop point really offers you a little bit of everything that you might need. It’s going to be a hard situation to come by where this knife isn’t going to help you.
- Tough, strong, versatile.
- Large belly for slicing.
- Point is not prone to breaking.
- You do lose out on some piercing capabilities.
The handle on this is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is a common metal for knife handles, especially this specific alloy. Aluminum is already a durable, strong, and lightweight material. The 6061-T6 alloy is even stronger. It is such a popular alloy because it does offer the most strength of any aluminum alloys. Like I mentioned, this is a lightweight material. That is because it is known as a low-density metal. It is going to cut down on weight, but keep the heft that you want. Aluminum is a colder material, which means that using this Kwaiken in cold environments is not going to feel fun. The metal is going to feel like it is biting into your hand. One of the only other drawbacks is that aluminum is prone to scratches and dings.
- Tough, durable, and extremely corrosion resistant handle material.
- 6061-T6 is the strongest of aluminum alloys.
- Lightweight handle that will still give you the heft you want.
- Can feel a little bit slippery and very cold.
- The handle is going to be prone to scratches and dings.
The handle has been anodized black. The anodization process makes the knife tougher and more durable. It also helps to prevent many of the scratches that would have accumulated over time. Overall, this finish is going to prolong the life of the handle.
- Anodization gives the handle a sleek black look.
- The finish prolongs the life of the blade and increases corrosion and wear resistance.
Burnley’s style definitely shows up the most on the handle of this USN GX Kwaiken. It is rectangular, and slightly tapered. The butt of the handle does end in a point. Other than that, there is no hardware that shows except the pivot and the deployment button. It is clean, sharp, and crisp.
The Pocket Clip:
The pocket clip has been statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This does mean that it is not going to be ambidextrous friendly. Tip up is also not the favorite when it comes to how a knife is carried. This is because if it happens to come open inside of your pocket, you do have to worry about getting it out without cutting yourself.
The clip is not deep carry, which can be a drawback. Especially for a tactical tool like this one. However, the butt does flare up slightly, which is going to keep it more securely inside your pocket. The clip is slightly skeletonized. This is to cut down on weight, to give it a unique look, as well as to help it sit more securely on your pants.
The clip, as well as all the hardware, is black. The black colors on the hardware, the handle, and the blade all match incredibly closely. When the knife is opened, it creates a look that is incredibly sleek. In fact, it almost looks like it is a fixed blade, instead of an automatic, because of how well they match. This is not commonly found in the industry.
- Not ambidextrous.
- Tip up-carry.
- Not a deep carry clip.
- Will stay securely inside of pocket because of the ergonomics.
- The clip is a sleek black, along with the hardware.
This is an automatic knife. To start off, automatic knives are not legal in all states or cities to carry. In most places, you can have them as a collector’s item and just not carry them with you in public. That being said, ALWAYS know your local knife laws before purchasing and especially before carrying this knife. BladeOps is not responsible.
Automatic knives can be bought into play much quicker than a manual could. Because of this, the automatic function was the ideal option for this tactical knife. Automatics are going to be smoother and cleaner. They are also going to be harder to maintain. You have to be very on-top of cleaning and drying the knife, especially the inside mechanisms. If the spring breaks, you will need to open up the knife and replace it. Maintenance is always going to be worth it, especially with a reliable knife like this one.
- Will be easier to bring into play—crucial for a tactical tool.
- Will open smoother and more quickly.
- Harder to maintain.
- This knife is not going to be legal in all states or cities.
The blade measures in at 3.5 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.875 inches long. When this Burnley design is opened, it measures in at 8.375 inches long. This knife does weigh in at 3.2 ounces, which is on the lower side of the “best” weight-spectrum. It will give you the heft that you want, but it is not going to give you the most heft. That being said, it is also not going to weigh you down when you are carrying this with you. You can even forget that you have it with you. It’s not going to be a nuisance in your pocket. This was made in the United States of America.
- Good weight; not too heavy, but will provide some heft.
- Made in the USA.
Recently acquired from the annual USN GX Knife Show is Las Vegas comes an array of show-specific knives including the highly requested Kwaiken auto knife. The Kwaiken folder, designed by Lucas Burnley, has been one of the most popular products that has stemmed an entire array of various models. As if it couldn't get any better, Boker Plus is excited to announce the newest addition--the Kwaiken automatic. Built by the automatic knife manufacturing power-player Pro-Tech Knives, these knives blend the classic slim line profile with impressive push-button power. This limited model features a black anodized aircraft aluminum handle, all-black hardware coupled with a lime green push-button inlay, a drop point style blade in a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) black finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle.
Boker Plus has only manufactured 100 units of this knife. That means that there are only going to be 100 people in the world with this knife. Why wouldn’t you want to be one of those people? Just so you know, this limited run Boker is in stock right now. Get one today!