Our intrepid on-the-scene blade man, Eoin May, has the hottest picks for 2022 from Boker!
BokerUSA is known all over the world for their well-made production knives and their history. At SHOT Show 2022 I had the pleasure of a sneak peek into some of their new releases for their collector series this year. The first knife that caught my eye was this frame lock folder that had the word “Tiger” on it. Come to find out this knife has Tiger tank Damascus which is made from a Tiger battle tank destroyed in Bauska. The handmade mosaic Damascus is amazing and looks very slick partnered with the burlap micarta. The decorative pivot screw also is designed after the main drive sprocket. Boker made this knife from a piece of history and hasn’t stepped back on quality.
The second knife I got the chance to look at had a blade made from M4 Sherman-Damascus. The Sherman-Damascus is an 80-layer ladder pattern Damascus that is forged with museum restored M4 Sherman parts. The design on the blade is made to resemble the tracks left in the ground by the chains of the “Beast” of machinery. The knife is a manual opening frame lock that uses a thumb stud to open. Not only is this knife made with pieces of one of the most badass machines in history, but a portion of the proceeds from each knife sold goes to the Americans in the Wartime Museum to support educational programs.
The third knife I got to handle was the P08 Damascus boot dagger. If you are not familiar with weapons from the World Wars of the 20th Century, the P08, also known as the Luger, was used as a standard pistol by the Germans in both WWI and WWII. The dagger’s steel is made from the barrel of a Luger pistol in a boomerang pattern. The handle scales also have a tie to the once sought-after pistol. The scales are imported rosewood just like the original pistol was, the screws that hold the scales are also the same construction as was on the Luger. Not only does this knife have a story to tell, it also has the quality to stay with you for a lifetime. This beautiful work of art comes with a black leather sheath with a sewn-in ultriclip that makes it easy to carry in your pocket or on your belt.
The final knife I got the pleasure to see was the Barlow Prime Tirpitz Damascus. This blade is a 200-layer Damascus made with Tirpitz’s special armor from the Fjord that has a Rockwell harness of 61 (which is really good). This knife is a slip joint with a nail nick as an opener. The knife also is equipped with domestic walnut wood as scales and decorative rivets made from nickel silver. This knife is really a work of art. Boker has really surprised me with these knives. Not only have they made us some high-quality handmade knives, but they also have gave us a piece of history to keep with us for a long time. BokerUSA.com
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