Boker Plus Kalashnikov AK-74 Automatic Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on June 17th, 2009


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.

When I first opened up the AK-74 knife to put the spring into it, I noticed the recess for the spring was not very deep compared with the thickness of the spring. This meant that I had to cut the spring shorter, and use some pliers to bend the edge up to make the spring catch for the blade. It actually worked!

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
Weight: 4.9oz

5 Responses to “Boker Plus Kalashnikov AK-74 Automatic Knife”

  1. th0r Says:

    Yes KAL74 is nice knife. Grip is very comfortable. AUS-8 is IMHO good steel for this kind of EDC. And i like that all parts of knife are running smooth, without jamming. I bought mine for $68 (in Europe), but it is good buy.

  2. master_axion Says:

    nk plus ak

  3. master_axion Says:


  4. corwin99 Says:

    Sorry not sure what you mean?

  5. Jobba Says:

    This knife is one of the top knives out for it’s price. The blade is very hard AUS-8, very good quality. I’ve broken the razor tip off, it would slice you at the slightest touch. I’ve also pried open car-doors with this knife. My model is the original, as they have changed and “upgraded” the model. Not as big a fan of the newer model, but just needs a little more modding to return it to the reliability of the older model.

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