Boker Brend Folding Knife
Walter Brend is a legend in knifemaking, with his signature sweeping grinds and shallow contoured plunge grinds. This is Boker’s collaborations with Mr. Brend, and while it looks very nice, the knife has some glaring defects.
Having drooled over the knife for a good few years before actually getting one, my expectations were obviously a bit high. When the knife came, I could not believe how poor the build quality was. There were gaps between the liners and the handles and bolsters, the grinds were not crisp, the blade would wiggle no matter how I tried to adjust the pivot screw, and the overall finish was mediocre.
Admittedly, the knife is not that expensive at $100 or so, however, I have had many $50 knives with much better fit and finish. The blade steel on this specimen is 440C, and is a very serviceable steel. The knife came fairly sharp, however would not shave hair like a Spyderco out of the box.
The inlaid medallion was a cool touch, and one of the things that I really liked about the knife. The design of the knife does have a very recognizable and charming Walter Brend styling, however, this is about the extent of merits of this knife from Boker. The rest of the knife is fairly disappointing to me.
I have had fairly disappointing experiences with many Boker knives in the past, and have found their quality control to be shoddy and fit and finish to be sub-par. This knife was one of the knives that has helped form my opinion of Boker. However, I have had one or two knives from Boker that have been decent, and do not want to paint the entire brand with such a wide brush. This is after all a discontinued knife.
Blade Length: 3 3/4″
Overall Length: 8 7/8″
Blade Steel: 440C
Handle Material: Cocobolo Wood