Serge Panchenko has created a unique style over the years. His designs and finishes are recognizable at first glance. This new Blade HQ Exclusive Boker Plus Lancer knife features a tumbled brass handle with a titanium liner lock and a premium CPM-S35VN steel blade with a black finish. The brass on this knife will lovingly patina over time, making this knife even more unique. The brass scales also add a good bit of heft to the knife!
Knifemaker Serge Panchenko established a name for himself with his extremely popular Dog Tag series of folding knives. The Boker Lancer builds off that unique EDC design, while providing a larger, more functional blade. It offers a profile that is more slim and lightweight than most full size pocket knives, with a sturdy build you can depend on during tough jobs. A titanium liner lock solidifies the tough build while providing superb lock up. This Panchenko design is finished off with a titanium pocket clip for tip-up carry.
This lancer is definitely form over function. Thumbhole deployment is great. The materials are great. The knife is handle heavy, which is to be expected from brass. The coating on the blade is slick, and that makes front flipping this knife hit or miss. The finish on other lancers are much better for front flipping.
I got this during the Father's Day week of fire sales, and let me say I am glad for the discounted price. Pros: good materials (S35VN blade, nice stonewashed brass scales, titanium liner lock insert, a seemingly decent black coating) Cons: Front flipper tab really needs some sort of texturing for this black coated model - it is so slippery slick (yes I have other front flippers that I have no problem with), the pocket clip has no height so it only works nicely on thin pants and shorts, the scale cutout for the thumb hole deployment causes some ergonomic consternation when using the knife (do I put my index finger there or just the middle finger?), blade stock/grind combo (either user thinner steel or a slightly more aggressive grind). Overall this just kind of seemed a bit lacking on many fronts, especially at a $90 price. It is beautiful to look at and has a nice color contrast, and it has good materials. But I just don't pocket this much - the blackwashed brass Elementum is $20 less and wins on so many other fronts...