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

MSRP: $199.95
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Item #BHQ-77843


  • 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
  • Model:Kwaiken
  • Model Number:01BO271
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


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.


Customer Reviews

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What piece of pocket art!
Arthur A.
Recieved this gorgeous Brass and Micarta item (#0372) and i can't stop touching it and flipping it. First thought was how heavy it is for its slimness. The Micarta feels just as soft and grippy as the Micarta Benchmade Proper I got in the same delivery. I love the stone wash blade and how every service is gently rounded over like it was someones EDC for years. The action was a bit stiff but a few drops of Blue lube and watching a movie while flipping it have made it slick as ice. Can't speak to the edge retention but i expect good things from the VG-10. PLEASE GET MORE OF THE COPPER AND MARBLE CF MODELS BLADE HQ!! haha
Day 1
Anthony S.
No complaints so far got #0427 Fit and finish is excellent had to work the action a bit but, by just flipping it now runs smoothly. I Love the micarta handle material and the brass bolster. Hoping that the mini version will be back in stock soon! No real complaints this far I will be EDCing it the start of next week and put it to the real test all in all a beautiful piece!

PS. First knife with the IKBS which I'm also excited about!
Great edc
Spencer P.
Bought this for an edc. Great knife with vg10 steel. Not too bad to sharpen and keeps it's edge. Slim but the blade is close to the back of the handle and that is a little worrisome However it takes a bit of pressure with your finger for the edge to cut you. The blade came sharp out of the box. Great purchase.
Sharp... too sharp
Lee G.
I love this knife design. Truly beautiful. Everyone I show it to loves it.
I do have one complaint... It has a very slender handle so much that when closed the blade's edge is only about a 1/16th of an inch below the liners. So if you slide your finger down the back of the handle in the closed position you can actually touch the blade.
There have been a couple times that my finger slipped off of the flipper without deploying is and I sliced my fingertip on the blade since it is just barely below the liners.
I still love this knife, I just have to be careful and do a little wrist flip to help deploy the blade without having to use as much pressure with my fingertip.
Nice, unique item
John S.
My knife arrived in a crushed shipping box with the Boker box partially crushed and the interior plastic wrapper opened. Luckily, the knife itself was not damaged.
Construction is excellent, blade is centered and the edge bevels are symmetrical. The finish of the blade and bolster is identical even though they are different materials. The knife was quite sharp out of the box. The jimping on the flipper has an almost polished feel, making it a little too slippery to get a good “flip”. The action feels smooth, but about 80% of the time, the blade makes it to about 170 degrees, not quite locking. After some experimenting, I found a different hold and flip that works most of the time. It is a really nice knife with a great look.
No Grit
Matt S.
Classy looking knife. Was bummed to see the tuxedo sold out. Not bummed buying this beauty.
Great for the price
Michael D.
I bought this as an addon to the Olamic Wayfarer that I was purchasing and I have to say I am impressed. I want to give it 4.5 stars but chose 5 because it is a great deal for the money. It is sleek and elegant with great flipping action. It is a great size for an EDC knife with a nice gentleman's flipper look. The blade is centered perfectly and you have to look closely to find the small imperfections in the fit and finish. The only issue I have with this knife is that the flipper tab, although it has light jimping to help, is completely rounded downwards with nothing to catch your finger on. This is not a major issue for me, but seems to be the only real design flaw with this knife. Overall it is a great buy.
Perfect after cleaning
Aaron C.
I got mine in today and the action is a bit gritty feeling. I would have thought it would be a smoother opening. After taking it apart and cleaning the action is very smooth. It is a very nice looking knife.
Super rough action
casady s.
I have the ti/cf tuxedo kwaiken and its very smooth. This one was not. Maybe I got a lemon but it felt gritty, and cheap. I was excited for this one, too.
Blade HQ response:
Sorry for the gritty action on your knife! Unfortunately they will occasionally leave the factory QC with a bit of grittiness. We will gladly replace it with a perfect one, or feel free to email us for some tips about making this one smooth.
So nice I bought one twice
Carson P.
It's an amazing knife and the previous reviews say more than I ever could. I ordered mine and got #0001 which is now a vault piece, so now I have a second on the way!
What they said!
Ed B.
It's already been said by the other two guys so I'll just add, beautiful fit and finish. Very smooth open and close. Feels assisted but it's not. It's that smooth. Love the canvas micarta and brass combination. I've planned to purchase one of Burnley's designs for a while and just kept waiting. Until now and I'm glad I did. I have to give this my highest recommendation.
Frank J.
First off, thanks to Russ G in the above review for writing I think the best knife review I've ever read. Seriously. I love the look of this one. The brass goes very well with the micarta. The brass back spacer makes it pop! The micarta feels premium and adds texture to the grip very nicely. This model is heavy. If you like lightweight knives then I advise you not to get. I also own the CF and Smokewash 2014 exclusive and that one is so lightweight for it's size that this brass model threw me off at first. But I don't mind heavy knives either. The look and the deployment makes up for it in my opinion. Other than the weight (if that matters to you) I can't take anything away from it. Classic Kwaiken design that we all love with gorgeous materials.
Different is good
Russ G.
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.