Boker 115465 Carver's Congress Whittler Pocket Knife, Rosewood
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|Blade Material||Carbon Steel|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||6 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 Pounds|
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- 1095 Carbon steel blades
- Includes sheepfoot, pen, coping and spey blades
- Made in Solingen, Germany with a Rosewood handle
- Closed length: 3 3/4-inch
- Limited lifetime warranty
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Boker 115465 Carver's Congress Whittler Pocket Knife
Pocket knife designed by a carver, for carvers. Special blade configuration Congress knife for the carver in the family. Carbon steel sheepfoot, pen, coping and spey blades with rosewood handle. Closed length: 3 3/4".
The Boker Carver's Congress Whittler Pocket Knife is the true hobbyists’ whittling knife. The carbon steel blades on this knife are designed to be an all-in-one package for anyone who is ready to whittle complex and intricate designs. The knife includes shepfoot, pen, coping and spey blades. The whamcliff is perfect for slicing, while the pen is good for digging out wood, and the spey blade is very convenient for scooping. For those worried about blade security, once it's open, don’t worry. Each blade is supported by a strong backspring that makes them both easy to open and close, and firm once in position. The steel in these blades is 1095 carbon steel, which is good at holding a razor’s edge while also being able to withstand the torque and pressure that whittling involves. The Boker Whittler Pocket Knife is 3-¾ in. when closed, and is proudly manufactured in Solingen, Germany. Limited lifetime warranty. A chestnut tree is the world famous trademark of the Boker knife manufactory in Solingen, Germany. It represents innovative, high quality, exceptional knives, manufactured with pride, by hand, for over 145 years.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 1 inches; 8 Ounces
- Item model number : 115465
- Department : Mens
- Date First Available : March 8, 2007
- Manufacturer : Boker USA - Sports
- ASIN : B000O52W1Q
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- The 4 blades are sheepfoot, pen, coping and spey blade. Another online review describes it as: "The Wharncliffe is an excellent blade for slicing, the pen is great for digging out wood, and the spey blade is exactly what you need for scooping." I see myself using the sheepfoot for roughing work, the spey for making a spoon or hollowing out something as well as a backup for roughing out and using the spearpoint and wharncliff to do most of the actual whittling and any drilling. Overall in terms of raw functionality you have two carving, one or two roughing, and a well rounded use for the blades available, even if one or two are going to get a lot more use than the others.
- The blades are also adequate thickness and strength to withstand twisting, something I'm always worried about with thinner blades like the Opinel No 7 I have. They also seem to be using a nice
- The weight is a good weight, not too heavy for an EDC. At 3.20 oz it's heavier than my Opinel No. 6 (1 oz) that I occasionally forget is there because it's so light, but slightly lighter than the CRKT Squid (3.4 oz) I keep in my bag.
- The handle itself is surprisingly comfortable to hold for a folder. For reference, I wear XL gloves, and when using the 4 blades to start off removing material on a project I'm currently working on it felt very comfortable in my hand and that I could maintain good control over the blade direction, angle and precise movements. I didn't feel like it would be too small at all.
Cons: I only really have two cons to this knife, but they're so big I'm hanging on to the packaging.
- The lockspring is way too stiff. Over time and usage this will almost certainly loosen up, but from the factory it's extremely stiff, to the point that I know some of my friends wouldn't be able to open it at all. I'm going to see if I can loosen it up over a week before I do anything else to the knife (just opening and closing the various blades while wearing cut gloves in the hope of mating the materials to each other without cutting myself, as well as storing the knife in the 3/4 open position for a few days to loosen the spring slightly). With a little luck it will loosen enough over the next week or so to be usable, at which point this knife will be a superb addition to my whittling kit.
- Related to this, despite what other people say the knife has a very large blade angle from the factory. I have 2 Flexcut knives and an opinel folding knife that I keep quite sharp, and to whittle with those I can come in at quite a shallow angle to remove minimal material. The factory edge from the Boker Carver's Congress Whittler knife for all the blades is an exceedingly high angle, suitable for general purpose use but no good (and even possibly dangerous) for whittling. If I had to guess, I'd say the angle is up near 27-30º, where my preferred angle for whittling is closer to 13-17º - a sharper angle that requires strop and sharpening more frequently. My initial whittling attempt had me try three times at varying angles before the blade would bite into basswood, much to my surprise for something called a "whittler" knife. If I had to guess why this is the case, I'd say it's a safety feature related to the stiff lockspring: a stiff lockspring and sharp blades is a surefire way to start trips to the emergency room. Having blunt blades with stiff locksprings allows people to start wearing it in first and then customize the blades. Personally, it's also a little harder to me to go from a low to a high angle than the other way around. In short, to me you're probably going to have to reshape the blade quite a bit before you get a usable whittling knife.
- This is a minor con, but the sheepfoot blade has a nice logo on the side of it that will likely be ruined if you're not extremely careful while sharpening, and I fully expect the logo in the handle to fall out and need to be glued back in at some point (or I lose it forever and it's an eyesore until I carve a plug to glue in its place). The sheepfoot blade already has the Solingen logo stamped onto the blade itself on the non-logo side so it's somewhat redundant to have that there, other knives don't use it and it doesn't add to the knife to have it there. These are mostly aesthetics so it doesn't affect the functionality of the knife, but it's just a minor annoyance to me.
If I can solve the lockspring stiffness, I'll keep the knife, and I expect it to be my main go-to knife when whittling. However as it is right now the lockspring is a big enough problem that I'm keeping the packaging just in case i need to do a return.
When the largest blade is opened, the point and some of the edge of the spey blade protrude out of the handle slots and press against my hand as it grips the knife. That's a sure defect in design or manufacturing that makes the knife dangerous and not useable for carving. When carving, I constantly change my grip to suit the wood caving cut.
When I saw the second knife had the same fault, I looked closely with a flashlight and the spey blade (which is uniquely shaped) will not close all the way due to a ridge in the bottom of the handle where the blades fold in.
I know it is wrong because I have a Boker Congress whittler with the same blades that I bought some years ago. No problems; the spey blade fold nicely into the handle with the other three and there is no cut hazard. I'm having a little trouble believing that Boker would release such a defect from the factory. It may be that these knives were made in the USA. That may be the case since the listing says it is made with 1095 steel, which is an American designation code for a specific type of steel. Europeans generally do NOT use that code designation. So, I believe it is not German and does not have the typical German quality I have depended on with knives, firearms and especially cameras and lenses.
The US branch of Boker hasn't answered or even acknowledged the detailed email I sent alerting them to the problems. Ah, well. It may have been too good to be true at that price.
I highly recommend this knife for carving and whittling. The Boker Beer Barrel whittler would be a very close second, has C-75 carbon blades (might be slightly better than the 1095 carbon, I haven't decided yet).
They make this series in stainless steel and in a high carbon steel which this particular knife is. That was by choice as I use this knife for carving and high carbon steel takes an edge easily and is convenient to resharpen.
This particular knife has no issues with the blades rubbing, which can happen in this style. Everything is perfect on this particular knife. Normally I only buy knives of this quality when I can hold the knife in my hand and check it out personally, but given Amazon's return policy I purchased this one on line.
If I were going to complain I would express a desire that they would not sharpen the blades with so severe a bevel, but this is what they do and there you have it.