Boker Plus Epicenter Todd Rexford Designed Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on May 16th, 2013

Todd Rexford is one of the hottest young knifemakers around right now, located in Colorado, USA, who builds some very killer and precision machined folding knives and fixed blades. He’s probably best known for his epicenter and singularity folders, the former of which he’s collaborated with Boker to bring us this beautiful production model.

Blade
The VG-10, fully flat ground blade is satin finished, and marked with the Boker Plus logo on the front side and the Rexford Knives logo on the back. The Boker Plus line of knives are all made offshore, in China. These allows Boker to keep the costs down and still provide some fantastic designs. The blade is super sharp out of the box, right up there with Spyderco, who’s one of the sharpest in the biz.

Handle
The full titanium frame-lock handle design, with fully contoured (Boker calls it 3D contoured) handle slabs makes for some fantastic ergonomics. It suits bigger as well as smaller knives due to its medium to large size. The pocket clip is reversible from tip up to tip down carry, but not from left to right hand which is understandable since this knife is generally more suited to righties because of the framelock design.

Fit & Finish
This baby is a looker. Beautiful, smooth and flowing lines give it the look and feel of a much more expensive folder. However, that beauty belies a huge problem with the lockup on this particular example. I have shot a video review showing how the lock fails and how there is a lot of blade play. The knife was returned to Boker, who claimed that there was no problem with the knife, but did give me credit to purchase other Boker knives because they did not have any Epicenters available to replace it with. I know without a shadow of a doubt that there was a problem with it and have video evidence as well, and it kind of bothers me that Boker wasn’t willing to admit it. But they did give me replacement credit, so that was nice.

Overall
Its a fantastic knife, with a street price under $150, it is probably one of the nicest knives in that price range. However, the lockup problem I experienced with my Epicenter was pretty bad, and I really would have liked to have a piece that didn’t have the problem. The design is sound, and the ergonomics are exceptional. The fully flat ground blade is very sharp and would make a great slicer. Without a lockup problem, I would recommend this knife.

Specifications:
Overall: 8 3/8″
Blade: 3 1/2″
Weight: 6.5 oz.
Blade Steel: VG-10
Handle Material: Titanium

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