Boker RJ Martin Rampage Fixed Blade
Boker is a Brand of knife that I had long given up on when I had several very disappointing experiences with them 5-10 years ago. It seemed like every Boker that I had purchased was not even close to the quality that the price would have dictated. This RJ Martin Rampage is possibly the first Boker I have that actually pleases me.
The grinds are nowhere near as crisp and sharp as the ones on Martin’s original peices, but they are quite close and definately look fantastic and feel great in the hand. Blade steel is a respectable 440C, and the handle is made of Micarta. The somewhat cheap sheath is inject molded ABS, and comes with a nice Teklok as well as paracord.
Knife was okay-sharp out of the box, nothing like a Spyderco, but still quite respectable. The blade measures 4 3/4″ in length, and has that nightmare style RJ Martin grind on it, which is great for draw cuts, but also has a big tip that is great for penetration. The excessive hawk billed main edge makes the knife a mediocre performer for standard cutting chores such as slicing food, though you might be able to get by using the tip or a combination of the main edge and tip to do your slicing.
The style of the handle as well as the blade lends itself to self-defence application as the large choil and guard provide good retention as well as purchase in a potention situation.
Overall, given the modest price of the knife and the materials used it is a decent value. For a knife of this size to be in 440C and have micarta handles for around $70 is quite a good price. The finishing is not outstanding and is definately a notch below Benchmade and Spyderco, et al. I would put the finishing in the neighbourhood of CRKT. It is on the rougher side, but all in all an enjoyable knife.
Blade Length: 4 3/4″
Overall Length: 9 1/2″
Blade Steel: 440C
Handle Material: Micarta