The Boker Plus Kwaiken Combines International Steel And Superb Slice!
What do you get when you cross an American knifemaker, an Asian design, and German engineering? That would be the Boker Plus Kwaiken. Designed by New Mexico custom knifemaker Lucas Burnley, the Japanese tanto-inspired folder you see here is a near ringer for Lucas’ custom version converted from his most popular knife, the Kwaiken fixed blade.
Boker has been going lights out these past 5 or so years producing factory cutters in collaboration with custom knife artisans. Burnley’s Kwaiken adds to that streak. This slender 8.39-inch (fully opened) tour de force is no doubt a defensive knife and, although this isn’t a field knife, the Kwaiken would be right at home slicing into a medium rare venison backstrap. The Kwaiken’s 3.54-inch stonewash-finished blade is of high quality AUS8 Japanese stainless steel. A sturdy locking liner in the handle holds the business end absolutely rigid with the blade employed. For added spice the blade rolls out on a butter smooth IKBS ball bearing system for rapid access.
The handles are nicely sculpted Green Micarta over stainless steel frame rails plus there’s a lanyard hole at the base. On the backside you’ll find a pocket clip for carry in the popular tip-up position. For pure self-defense there’s a lot to like about the Kwaiken. Burnley’s custom version sells on the open market for a tad under 900 bucks, but you can get the Boker Plus rendition for a manufacturer’s suggested retail of a much friendlier $154.95. This is truly a well-made folder with a fine custom pedigree, sleek Japanese styling, and excellent German engineering. And with Kwaiken in pocket you may choose to forego the house table knife next time you frequent the local steak house!
By Pat Covert
Maker: Boker USA, Inc.
1550 Balsam St., Lakewood, CO 80214
Blade Material: AUS8 stainless steel
Blade Length: 3.54″
Overall Length: 8.39″
Weight: 4.16 ounces
Handle: Green Micarta
Carry: Pocket clip tip-up