Boker Sub Kalashnikov Auto Knife, 1.95" Bead Blast Blade

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BladeOps is excited to announce the newest exclusive model to the ever-growing arsenal of Boker Kalashnikov auto knives--the Sub Kalashnikov featuring a sub-2" blade. Quite possibly the perfect evolution of the most popular Boker automatic series ever, the Sub Kalashnikov boasts powerful push button action, a 1.95" blade, and a full-width handle for a rock-solid grip. This exclusive model features a black aluminum handle, standard hardware, a drop point style blade in a bead-blasted finish and the extra-long deep carry pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle.

The Boker Kalashnikov automatic knife is one of the most popular side open automatics on the market today considering the price point. This knife, as well as the rest of the Kalashnikov auto family, is referred to an auto-conversion knife which means the knife is produced as a folder knife and then converted via third party to offer the automatic function.


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade Length: 1.95"
  • Overall Length: 4.875"
  • Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Finish: Bead Blast
  • Handle Length: 2.925"
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 2.4"

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The EXCLUSIVE Boker Sub Kalashnikov Cleaver Automatic Knife

 

            Boker traces its origin to the 17th century as a tool maker in Germany graduating to swords and blades by the 1800s. The company claims it was producing 2000 sabres a week by 1839 for use in various wars. By the 1860s the company had fractured with a branch of the family emigrating to North America and setting up plants in Canada, New York, and Mexico. The German and North American factories produced similar knives and used the "Tree Brand" trademark. This continued until World War II when the Solingen factory was destroyed and "Boker USA" took control of the trademark until the German factory was rebuilt in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 1970s the company changed hands several times, with the New York facility (Hermann Boker & Co) shutting down in 1983. In 1986, Boker reacquired the rights to the American brand and Boker USA was started in Denver, Colorado for US production.

            Boker says, “The famous knives with the world-renowned tree-brand have been handmade in Solingen since 1869. Since the foundation, no knife has left our manufactory without this sign of quality. The long history of Boker has been affected by eventful times. But one thing has always been the same in more than 145 years: Our passion and enthusiasm for extraordinary Knives. Today Boker is renowned all over the world as manufacturer and supplier of an unmatched variety of blade and handle materials and biggest manufacturer in Europe for Sport Knives, Tactical Knives and Collector's knives. The international success of our product range as well as the long tradition of our Knife Manufactory are both an incentive and an obligation for us to design and manufacture high-quality and innovative knives in the future as well. We make high demands on ourselves, our knives and the way we produce. With high quality standards, innovative power and passion for details, our knife makers will continue their work.”

Today we will be talking about a brand new exclusive Boker knife. This is the Boker Sub Kalashnikov with a cleaver blade.

 

The Blade:

 

            The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel. This is a steel that rests in the upper range of steels. It is a Japanese steel that is well made and very similar to 440B steel. It is also slightly more resistant to rust and corrosion than 440C steel is going to be, but it is a little bit less hard. Being less hard has a few advantages: it is going to be easier to manufacture, which will keep the overall cost of the knife down. And, it is going to be easier to sharpen for the user. AUS-8 steel is tough enough to take on your everyday tasks. It is going to hold its edge for a decent amount of time, but when it is being compare to the more premium steels, it is definitely not going to hold its edge that long. This is because the more premium steels do have more carbon in them; more carbon means a harder blade and longer edge holding. This steel is easy to sharpen and can get a very fine and sharp edge on it—perfect for the cleaver shape.

            The blade has been finished satin, which is one of the most popular blade finishes on the market today. This is for a few reasons. The first is that it is very traditional. It is going to give the knife a very classic look that is never going to go out of style. It looks classy, but can also be paired with a unique handle. It is not going to steal the show or be too audacious, but it definitely has its life-long sleek look to it. The second is that the satin finish increases the rust resistance of the blade slightly. Third, it does cut down slightly on glares and reflections. The stain finish is created when the manufacturer sands the blade in one direction with an increasing degree of a fine abrasive, which is normally a sandpaper. This resulting look to this finish is one that shows off the bevels of the blade while also showing off the fine lines of the steel. Like I said, very traditional, very sleek, very classy.

            The blade on this Sub Kalashnikov has been carved into a large cleaver shape. This is a blade shape that resembles a rectangular-bladed hatchet. On this knife, the sharpened edge of the blade is completely straight across. This does mean that there is no belly that could be used for slicing easily. The edge is thicker than your typical knife edge though, which does mean that it is going to be able to cut through much thicker materials. The spine of the knife resembles the spine of a clip point, except that after the “clip” there is no point. This is because on the cleaver, there is no point. The spine of the blade meets the edge of the blade at an unsharpened angle. The end of the blade is a straight shot down from the spine to the sharpened portion, where again, there is really no point for stabbing with. Like previously mentioned, the cleaver does have an especially tough edge that can withstand repeated blows directly into whatever it might be that you are cutting. This is brought about because of the softer, tougher steel, like AUS-8, that can bend, instead of buckle. It is also accomplished because of the thickness of the blade. You can also use the side of the blade, the flat parts, to hammer on things. To do this, you rest your blade on the object and then hit your fist against the blade. This will smash whatever is underneath.

 

The Handle:

 

            The handle on this knife is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is going to be a very durable material when used for a knife handle. It is a low density metal that is going to give the knife the heft that you want to get the job done, but it is not going to give the knife the weight that makes it a pain to carry with you. This is the perfect combination. When aluminum is texturized well, it is going to give the user a solid grip that is also comfortable enough to use for extended amounts of time. However, aluminum does have high conductive properties which mean that if you are in a colder environment, you might want gloves hewn you are working with this knife. Aluminum is very resistant to corrosion, which makes maintenance easy and quick. Unfortunately, aluminum is susceptible to scratches and dings that do have a tendency to accumulate over time.

            The handle has a spine that has rows of jimping at both the top and the bottom. This gives plenty of texture for you to utilize the handle and have a solid grip on the knife when you are cutting. In between the two rows of jimping, it is smooth and straight. The jimping on this knife is thick, which does provide more texture than thinner jimping. The spine of the handle is straight until the end, where there is a rounded corner to the butt of the handle. The butt of the handle is completely straight across and is equipped with the same jimping that the spine is. The belly of the handle has two large finger grooves for a more comfortable grip. The second finger groove is not as deep as the first finger groove is. The face of the handle has been roughly textured so that this knife does not slip when you are trying to use it. There are also two raised ridges that add even more texture. All in all, you will not have to worry about having a good hold on this knife. The handle has taken care of that for you.

 

The Pocket Clip:

 

            The pocket clip is an extra-long deep carry pocket clip. This means that it is going to allow the knife to sit extra deep inside of your pocket. This does two things. The first is that it allows you to move about your daily business without having to worry about your knife slipping out. It is going to be deep enough inside, that you would either feel it start to move, or it won’t be able to move around too much. The second thing that it accomplishes is that it conceals your knife better. Again, this is due to how low it sits inside of your pocket. All that is going to show is the clip against your pocket, but the knife is not going to poke out of the top of your pocket. The pocket clip has been statically designed for tip up carry and only on the traditional side of the handle. This does mean that the knife is not going to be super ambidextrous for carrying. The clip has a satin finish, which contrasts with the black handle, and complements the blade. It is a tapered rectangular shape. Along the length of it, it does have grooves, which will help attach it to your pocket even more securely.

 

The Mechanism:

 

            This knife is referred to as an auto-conversion knife, which means that the knife was purchased from Boker as a folding knife and then converted via third party to offer the automatic function. They open quickly and smoothly and can easily be brought into play.

            Most automatic knives incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened position. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed position.

 

The Specs:

 

            The blade on this knife measures in at 1.95 inches long with a handle that measures in at 2.925 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 4.875 inches long. This is definitely a knife that is on the smaller side, weighing in at a mere 2.4 ounces. This is the perfect knife to have with you at all times, because it is going to fit snugly inside of your pocket where you won’t notice the weight. It also packs a punch though, with the cleaver blade, and is ready to go when you need it most.

 

Conclusion:

 

            BladeOps is excited to announce the newest exclusive model to the ever-growing arsenal of Boker Kalashnikov auto knives--the Sub Kalashnikov featuring a sub-2" cleaver-style blade. Quite possibly the perfect evolution of the most popular Boker automatic series ever, the Sub Kalashnikov boasts powerful push button action, a 1.95" blade, and a full-width handle for a rock-solid grip. This exclusive model features a black aluminum handle, standard bead blasted hardware, a cleaver style blade in a satin finish and the extra-long deep carry pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. 

The Boker Kalashnikov automatic knife is one of the most popular side open automatics on the market today considering the price point. This knife, as well as the rest of the Kalashnikov auto family, is referred to an auto-conversion knife which means the knife is produced as a folder knife and then converted via third party to offer the automatic function. 

You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps and become part of a very exclusive club who have fantastic knives.

 

  • 5
    Biker, “Sub”

    Posted by Phil on Apr 16th 2019

    Very nice knife.
    I wanted a small low-cost, quality pocket knife to do general cutting chores at work.
    This one fits the bill perfectly.

  • 5
    Brett

    Posted by Brett on Apr 15th 2019

    Love this little knife much more than I expected . It’s the perfect size for edc , pocketclip buried the knife into your pocket auto function is lightning fast