Boker's re-issue of the Applegate-Fairbairn Fighting knife uses a fiberglass-reinforced Delrin handle that has been thickened in the center for a sure grip. A lanyard hole adds convenience. The handle meets a short, forward-bending cross guard that protects the fingers. Boker achieved the knife's preferred rearward balance by inserting steel weights into the handle - a beautifully ergonomic design. The 6" blade on this 10 3/4" knife has effective reach, with a 1" wide blade that's beefy all the way to the tip. Struck of Solingen 440C stainless steel hardened to a Rockwell of 58, the blade has the signatures of Rex Applegate and W.E. Fairbairn etched into the bead-blasted finish. Kydex sheath with BladeTech belt clip.
Please Note: The belt clip only lines up with two of the holes on the sheath.
The price point seems high for a 440 blade, but the fit and finish on the knife and the overall quality is where the value is on this knife. The sheath is fine, I think Boker should modernize the sheath to keep up with the times. My understanding is this is an issued knife in the German military. It seems to be very well made.
Boker now carries on the legacy of Col. Applegate's Fighting Knife. Thank You, bladehq for the excellent service.
I'm not going to mince words. I hate that sheath. It takes alot of pulling to get your knife free. They included some rivets, like they know how firmly you'll have to secure it.