Boker Plus Kalashnikov AK-74 Automatic Knife
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought this knife off ebay, but it was only $30, and I had an auto spring kicking around so I could convert it from a button lock to an automatic quite easily. The blade is already milled out for a spring as it was originally designed as an automatic.
Overall, the quality of the knife is so-so. The knife is made in Taiwan as many Boker Plus knives are, and the finish on the blade and handle feel almost painted on as opposed to annodized in the case of the handle. The knife is built decent as far as fit, there is little blade play when the knife is in use. It is really the finish that is lacking.
Blade steel is AUS8, which is a very serviceable steel, and holds an edge decent enough. The partial serrations are not my favourite but for what I paid, I’m not complaining. Its a fun little knife to have, and I enjoy the action, which is pretty decent considering the homemade spring.
The grip of the knife is actually quite comfortable with the finger notches, but the texture does feel a lot like it was painted on, and has a cheapness to it that I would not expect even in a knife of this price range. The finish on the blade is much better, though still not a top notch finish.
Overall its a fun little blade that I would play with but button locks have been known to fail, and this is not one of the more reliable button locks I’ve seen. It fires good and hard, which is all I really want it for. For me, this is just a novelty knife.
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Overall Length: 8″
Blade Steel: AUS8
Handle Material: Aluminum