Boker Kwaiken Flipper Knife Canvas Micarta/Brass Bolster (3.5" Stonewash)

MSRP: $199.95
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:8.375"
  • Blade Length:3.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.13"
  • Blade Material:VG-10
  • Blade Style:Standard
  • Blade Grind:Hollow
  • Finish:Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.875"
  • Handle Thickness:0.52"
  • Handle Material:Micarta
  • Color:Brass, Green
  • Bolster Material:Brass
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:5.25 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Flipper
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:Boker Plus
  • Model:Kwaiken
  • Model Number:01BO271
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

This Blade HQ exclusive Boker Bolster Kwaiken features green canvas micarta handle scales with a brass bolster and a stonewashed blade. It is not uncommon to find the Lucas Burnley-designed Kwaiken hanging out in the pocket of your favorite Blade HQ employee, and we are proud to bring you this unique exclusive model. With its tactical-gentleman aesthetic and clean lines, the Kwaiken has become an instant classic in the knife community.

There are a few subtle changes to this Kwaiken model. First and foremost is the striking brass bolster paired with canvas micarta handle scales. The stonewashed VG-10 stainless blade has an IKBS pivot system for easy, quick deployment. The fit and transition are smooth and reminiscent of a Burnley custom piece. Round out your Boker collection with a Blade HQ Exclusive Boker Kwaiken.

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Russ G.
07-16-2018
Although there was no question I would be buying this knife (I've sadly missed the tuxedo carbon-fiber BladeHQ exclusives), before I saw it in person I wasnt sure how much I'd like it, or at least the look of it. I already owned three kwaiken models and knew I liked the design, but those three were all combinations of black and natural steel color, and black and more black.

But as is often the case, the pics of this knife dont do it justice--it looks amazing. The micarta is lighter than expected and has hints of green and yellow in its tone, the brass has more of a subdued matte finish than I thought it would, with the backspacer being a perfect complement to the bolsters. What you really can't tell from the pics is how well harmonized all the materials all: the stonewashed steel blade is exactly as shiny/matted as the brass; the micarta's slight yellow tone matches up with the brass; and esp when the blade deployed, there is the right amount of each material so that each is in balance with the other. The overall look is classy yet simple; sleek and modern, but suggestive of an antique. This isn't one of those knives you look at and say, "I wish they would have used more 'X' and less 'Y' on the handle", or, "it would be perfect if only the blade had a satin finish".

I assume most ppl are familiar w/ the kwaiken design (if not, look at reviews from other variations), and wouldn't be here if they hated how these knives actually felt to use, so I'll skip most of those details. Two things worth mentioning:

#1, if you've never used a knife with the IKBS, I highly recommend it. Although the blade deployment characteristics are similar to other bearing systems, like the Kai/Kershaw/ZT KVT system the IKBS has the edge because its superior at reducing lateral blade-play (and I think the IKBS has better deployment too). Phenomenally smooth blade deployment and solid feel when locked up. Part of that, no doubt, comes from the perfect, just-under-50% lock up this knife has, but it's also attributable to the IKBS.
#2. This knife is heavy for its size, noticeably more so than my other kwaikens. This isn't surprising given the others are either all-Al plunge lock autos--which tend to be lighter anyway--or a flipper w/ carbon scales and no bolster. I dont mind the weight at all, it feels nicely substantial. But others might.