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 copper handle with a titanium liner lock and a premium CPM-S35VN steel blade. The copper on this knife will lovingly patina over time, making this knife even more unique. The copper 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.
I love Serge knives, always puts a lot of thought into his designs. The action on this knife is very smooth and it is very easy to deploy once you get the hand of it. Its definitely on the heavier side, but that is expected being copper. Does not come super sharp out of box but that can be fixed. I got this knife for around $60 on black friday, so for the materials this was a steal. The stonewash on this knife is a great touch as well. I already have a great patina on this knife.
I bought this knife on sale with no real expectations and I have been pleasantly surprised. The specs were good so I took a chance on the strange looking design and wow do I love it. The action is super smooth and it fits my hand great despite being a rectangle. The copper is very cool and makes the knife interesting. If you are on the fence about this one, just buy it as you will be happy.
Now my goto EDC as the heavier weight feels great and it came with by far the sharpest factory edge of any folder I have purchased to date. The copper scales and titanium liner lock are a unique configuration with the premium CPM-S35VN Steel Blade that make this the knife of knives. Don't think about it, just get it, you won't be disappointed.
Not a ladys knife is heavy and rob ousted just for manly hands 🧐
First, I got a smoking deal on this knife during BladeHQ's 17th birthday sale. The knife is very heavy, and fels beefy while still being relatively thin. The S35 blade is definitely what makes this knife. In 440C, or even D2, I don't think I'd be a buyer. It looks really great, and the copper has some texturing that makes it really pop. It will be interesting to see how it ages. I don't have a lot of confidence in the lock, but it's hasn't failed (UPDATE: The lock bar has failed several times now, and slight pressure on the blade will disengage the lock). You could definitely accidentally disengage the lock with your hand wrapped around the knife, and the lock bar only engages the very edge of the blade material. That being said, I don't think anyone is doing serious work with this knife. It looks great in the pocket, and everyone that sees it asks me about it. Great office carry knife, and opens boxes and envelopes with ease! At $90, I'd probably pass, but, at $60, I'd be all over it (again)!
Out of the box, the knife is sharp and feels substantial in the hand. Not the best ergonomics but definitely not a deal-breaker. As a front flipper, it was difficult to use at first, but after you break it in, the action becomes a lot smoother.
Overall, it is a great knife. Good: Design is great. Clean simple lines. Nice weight given its copper, but not too heavy. Great thumb hole for open/close. Bad: Flipper needs work. It's fairly useless if you have smaller hands and even after some extended break in, I still don't use it because of the lack of functionality. It also lacks the overall finish. edges are sharp. I definitely like the knife a lot though. I have carried it almost everyday since I got it. It just needs a few things done to make it great.
Just received my knife, and it is a beaut. Larger than I imagined, but accurate to the description. The stonewashed finish in copper is a little muted, I hope they brighten up after some use. I am used to copper gear so the heavy weight was expected. The simple form has a great combination of gentleman and utilitarian design. Unfortunately, I assumed this knife was both a thumbhole and front flipper--it is not (at least not yet). We will see how it wears in. Overall, this is a good knife for the current $90 price, in my opinion. Feels very sturdy in hand, solid lock up, and centered.
Overall design gets 5/5, execution gets 3/5. The Good: Very slim, compact design. Front flipper takes getting used to, but functions well enough. Blade centering is dead perfect and lockup is spot on. Highly functional and GREAT steel for the money. The Meh: Nylon washers... That said, nylon was probably the best choice given the non-lined copper handle and no room for bearings. The Negative: Fit and finish and fine details feel a little neglected. There's no jimping to be found, and the interior of the handle is rather sharp.
Pros: Unique design, came razor sharp, solid and heavy. For the price it is an excellent choice. Cons: Front flipper needs jimping, really needs either phosphor bronze washers or even better, bearings like the ones in the Kansei Nori. All of which I can easily add after the fact, but it really would have helped the overall fit and finish.
Okay, so I love pretty much everything that Serge makes and this Lancer is no exception. It's beautiful and copper patina is a fetish of mine, but there's just a weird feel to the action. I disassembled the knife the other night to see if I could add some oil and get it moving better and discovered... PLASTIC WASHERS instead of bearings! That was a huge disappointment. I feel like, for the price point, even some cheaper bearing washers would be feasible. Fix that issue, and this knife is near perfect.
Very pretty knife, but after some light use cutting cardboard, the blade became off centered and I can’t seem to get it back on point. The design is great and it’s hefty in a good way but it probably isn’t a work horse knife.
The Lancer is a great design, and in S35VN and copper, now also a great price. However, the downfall of this knife is fit and finish. Could be great, but unfortunately is stuck and just ok.
I bought the knife because I fell in love with how it looked. The brass feels great in hand and I love watching it age. However, it is far from a everyday carry. It really is a show piece. So lets talk about the negative. Blade centering is garbage. Screws look nice, but when trying to adjust the center, the screws just want to strip. I used the proper size for the screws, just really soft screw heads. And after all the adjusting, I did improve the centering but again the spring just pushes the blade to the frame upon opening and closing. I do not recommend this knife for anything other than a show piece. And if you are looking to do that, I suggest there are better pieces for the price. Again it looks amazing, and I am happy with the ascetics, but poor for every day carry.
This is a cool, clean look copper scale looker. The materials are great for $90. However, the finish, in my opinion and in the knife I received, are less than stellar. The scale edges are not refined, The flipper hole is very sharp and slightly painful to use. If using it as a front flipper (which I do not think was the intended purpose), it is hard to get a good purchase. The pivot screws are not very strong. The lock-bar is very thi, flexes and offers maybe 10% lock up, which when grabbing the knife in certain ways, releases the lock. The centering on mine got way off and the blade rubs on the scale so bad, that copper gets transferred to the blade. I center it and within a day, it is off center again. So, again, very good looking knife with great materials that needs a little work to make it into a great knife. Maybe we will get a 2.0
I got this Panchenko the moment I saw her on the new item feed. She is gorgeous. And I thought that S35VN w/Copper scales at $90 was an amazing deal. I still so, I suppose. She is a heavy girl, but I expected that as I am not new to copper scales, so be aware if you are new to copper. First off, the ergos are terrible. I do not believe it to be hyperbole to say of my 80-some knives, this one has the worst ergonomics by far of any knife in my collection. She has an odd shape, being super wide in one dimension and super thin in the other. Just does not feet the hand well and it is hard to get a secure grip...so one has to hold her tightly and that is when the little pocket clip digs right into the palm of your hand. Damned if you do, damned if you don't; hold her gently and your grip is tenuous, hold her tight and you get stabbed in the palm. And speaking of getting stabbed in the palm, because of her weird shape, each of the first 3 times I tried to use the front flipper, the tip of the blade went right into the base of my thumb. Luckily, the detent is so misdialed that the blade doesn't fly out, so no blood was drawn. A better knife would have stabbed me. I am thinking about returning her, given that I suspect she will only be a show piece when I dress formal. I am thinking about returning her. There is a lot of competition at the $100 range this time a year. So why not a single star? She is hot. Super hot. It is like breaking up with a hot girl friend; yeah, she is a blood drawing bitch, but damn, she is fine.
*Amendment*: my first impressions of this knife were great but within hours I started to notice some up-and-down blade play due to the poor liner. Fast forward about a week and it has gotten so bad that the liner will actually slip off the tang and disengage the lock with slight pressure. This is a result of the angled tang and slim liner. This also causes the centering to suffer and now the blade will make constant contact with the scales. However, the action has improved the close is now more "drop-shutty" and I've gotten used to a thumb & wrist flick technique to open the knife efficiently. Regardless of the deal, i don't trust this knife and I'm surprised these flaws weren't corrected in the earlier lancers. Please beware.
This knife is a good value considering the materials but the knife itself is just bad. The front flipper makes it difficult to use due to no jimping or ramping to help you get purchase on the tab. The liner lock itself is locking at about 5% lockup and the lock bar flexes under any load due to it being really thin. The pocket clip is usable for storing the knife. Although its unusable to get extra grip on the knife for flipping action due to how close it is to the edge of the knife and the low profile. This knife is nice to look at but it will not make a very good fidget knife because it is not a good front flipper and it its not going to be good at anything more then light cutting duties due to the lack of lockup safety.