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Boker arrived at SHOT Show with its usual prolific assortment of new releases – particularly in its Chinese-made Boker Plus line that cranks out hit after hit each year from some of the hottest designers in the business. This year’s releases include designs by Lucas Burnley, Steve Kelly, Brad Zinker, Boris Manascherov, and JD van Deventer.
Made in Argentina, the Boker Arbolito Gemini series of linerlocks with sculpted wood handles are well worth checking out, a good value with MSRPs of $134.95. Boker has also collaborated with Justin Boots on a new line of knives bearing that iconic brand (MSRPs $29.95-179.95).
However, we were most taken this year by new German-made lines based on some very interesting materials. These were led by a series of seven single-bladed traditional pocketknives with scales made from the wood of Castle Schloss Burg in western Germany, dating from circa 1133 (MSRP $174.95-$259, p.12 for photo). A similar five-knife series employs plum wood scales at slightly lower cost (MSRP $159.95-$229.95).
Finally, Boker has extended its collection of knives with damascus blades made from the armor of the sunken WWII German battleship Turpitz with a series of wood handled linerlock folders – certainly not cheap at MSRPs of $809-1199, but that’s real history in your hand for not much more than Boker’s other German-made damascus offerings.
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