Boker Plus 01KAL74 Kal 74 Knife with 3 1/2 in. AUS-8 Steel Blade, Black
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- Liner lock with black aluminum handle with structured finger grooves
- Blade made of AUS-8 steel
- Includes pocket clip
- Overall length: 8 in. Weight 4.9 oz.
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
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The Boker Plus 01KAL74 Kal 74 Knife has a liner lock with black aluminum handle with structured finger grooves, and a bead blast, 3 ½ in. blade made of AUS-8 steel. Includes pocket clip. Overall length: 8 in. Weight 4.9 oz. This Boker Plus knife isn’t just for cutting, it’s for leaving a mark. 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.
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Differences between the auto and this (MANUAL) knife:
This knife is heavier! At 4.9oz, this knife is 1.3oz heavier than the auto version. The blade (and entire knife in general) is slightly longer and the knife is wider due to the liner lock. For me, the weight is really the only con to this knife. It's heavy for an edc, but still not noticeable in pocket (unlike the ZT 0350). The auto really floats in your hand, whereas this knife, I can really feel the weight. The auto version is less thick due to the plunge lock. The handle material is the same in both knifes. Both steels are AUS8. The blood groove on this knife is a nice touch!
The plunge lock of the auto is rock solid! Truly zero play. While this liner lock is strong, you will get that tiny bit of play which is true of all my liner lock knives. The knife arrived a tiny bit loose. I was easily able to take it apart, grease it up and tighten it down. With it tightened down I can still fling the blade open with my thumb with a bit of force. It will open one handed. The clips in both versions are identical!
Notes about both versions:
Both knife versions feel like the real deal, army-issue knives, like something you would find in a WWII trench. They look and feel very rugged and strong. The clips are DEEP CARRY! I love love love deep carry clips. I do not like to advertise what I am carrying (Shame on you Kershaw Leek) and it's a shame most knife are not true deep carry. The butt gimping is too rough for my liking when fishing inside my pocket.
If you love the auto version, I cannot see why you would not love this alternative.
Now that we have that out of the way, on to the actual review. I have a collection of over 20 Boker Kalashnikov 74s. Needless to say it is a favored knife on my part. While most of them are the automatic version, I wanted a non converted version to have in my collection, so I found this one with the thumb stud. The difference between this version and most of the other ones I have is the thumb stud, and it is a liner lock rather then a button lock. It is also slightly longer with a slightly longer blade.It also have a recurve blade (more on this later). I have included a picture of it next to an automatic version.
The Kalashnikov 74 takes its name and design inspiration from the bayonet off the AK74. You can especially see this design inspiration in the similarities of the handles. It is a reasonably priced knife, and well built. The handle is made of aluminum and painted in a variety of colors. THe pocket clip is a very deep carry, and is at a very good tension so that it can be put in and out of a pocket easily without falling out while being jostled around. One neat feature is the pivot screw has a star and some writing on it, a neat little bit of attention to detail.
The blade is activated using a thumb stud, and is held in place by a liner lock. It is not spring assisted or automatic, as I stated at the beginning of the review. The blade is AUS-8, which is a decent budget steel. It is pretty easy to sharpen and holds an edge decent. There are better steels out there, but you would also be paying a lot more for them.
One thing about this knife that is very irritating to me is the shape of the blade. It is a recurve, which makes it much more difficult to sharpen. I have found very little use for recurve blades, and definitely the advantages do not outweigh the difficulty in sharpening. It isn't a deal killer for me because I bought this more of a collector knife rather then a user.
The blade shape makes this a difficult knife to recommend to people, however, in my experience people do not sharpen their knives. Besides that little hiccup, it is a good knife, with a decent steel, from a good manufacturer who will back up their work.