Boker Plus Karambit Knife Review
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The Boker Plus Karambit Knife has always elicited instinctive reactions in people,in spite of its insignificant origins as an agricultural tool from Indonesia, which brought the knife design to lend itself effortlessly into its transition from being utilized as a tool for agriculture, to its modernized use as a tool for self-defence. Designed by Chad Los Banos, the Boker Plus Karambit, truly brings home how much the karambit has advanced over so many years to become one of the most significant tactical knife designs around today.
Boker Plus Knife Review
You really don’t see much of its agricultural rootslooking at the Boker Plus Karambit. Its full-fledged tactical, with styling really straddling the line between practical tool and fantasy. I can perceive why some might take one look at this knife and unknowingly assume it’s not a genuine knife. It looks damn great, and moreover that sort of styling comes at the cost of use and practicality.
the Boker Karambit is exceptionally one of a kind for its ringed heel when folded (in this case the ring is split to permit attachment like a carabiner), and oversized handle-to-blade ratio. As the sweeping motions, this is common of folding Karambits, when used correctly, requires more handle to maneuver than most other tactical knives.
The knife does have a few lightening holes; however, at 141 grams (5 ounces) it’s definitely not light. Boker chose to go with a stainless-steel frame lock for the Boker Plus Karambit.
Boker Plus Knife – Blade
The strangest aspect of this karambit is the double-scalloped 440C blade with its extremely forceful swedge on the spine. I would say that aesthetic considerations won over practical concerns here in terms of practicality. All things considered, this aspect looks badass, so definitely doing its job.
Although I don’t have all that much personal experience with karambits, even a near beginner like me can acknowledge the way the shape fits itself a natural grip. Very few knife styles/patterns flow as well as this one does.
When held correctly balance is extremely neutral. This is actually very surprising due to the 19.6 cm (7.7 inches) of total length, out of which just 7.4 cm (2.9 inches) is the actual blade. This was evidently well thought out, as you can tell from the way the pocket clip perfectly coordinates the balance point. Good job, Boker.
The Boker Plus Karambit is deceitfully small,in a lot of ways. Once deployed,this is a knife that’s genuinely very large, however when looked at from certain angles, it becomes almost normal-sized, particularly when closed. One may even start to view it as regular everyday carry sized, however it truly isn’t.
Boker Plus Knife – Lock
The frame lock on the Boker Karambit secures with an extreme force. With most of the tang mating with the lock bar, I would say that the engagement is around 95%. No way in hell this is going to disengage accidentally. That being stated, I do have consideration over long term wear of the lock bar. The lock bar hasn’t travelled by any means, and is very happy sitting at 95%, but if it began to travel, there is a good chance there’d be blade play.
At last considering its intended application as a tactical knife and a martial blade craft, I would err on the side of caution. I would absolutely prefer it to have more rather than less engagement.
The double-sided thumb studs and deep (fully functional) jimping truly brings the whole knife together. The 3 mm (0.12 inch) thick blade has a profound swedge and is scalloped, lending itself a typical tool-like industrial design. If knives were judged absolutely based on style, the Boker Plus Karambit would be a dead sure winner, even from my really large collection of knives.
The blade on the Boker Karambit is totally off centred, however the issue is purely cosmetic since the blade doesn’t grind against the scales. Altering the turn did not help to centre the blade either, I tried.
The Boker Karambit has really minimal construction with no decorative aspects or back spacers. Cleaning it is pretty much trivial, as it has fully open frame. Be aware that the pocket clip is unnecessarily huge. I’m not sure why it’s like that, as it doesn’t include anything in terms of ergonomics. Possibly, again, for aesthetic reasons, as it does look pretty great. However, I would prefer having a wire clip in the style of the Spyderco Sage 2.The Boker Karambit’s clip just isn’t cutting it for me,considering I generally like discretion in my clips.
Boker Plus Knife – Deployment
Using my standard middle finger approach deployment is snappy. Finger placement is paramount as the thumb stud is positioned a solid 1 cm away from the knife scales. It all falls into place, after a little practice, so no complaints.
On attempting to open the Boker Plus Karambit in reverse grip was initially far from intuitive, yet I’ll credit thatto muscle memory: you absolutely don’t open Spydercos like this. After a couple of tries, opening the knife became far more natural for me, so absolutely not a steep learning curve.
Out of all the knives I’ve seen, played with, tested, and owned, I have to admit, the Boker Plus Karambit is so far, the most disagreeable in pocket. There’s simply no competition. Should you choose to walk around with it? I dare say it would raise a lot of eyebrows. However, that is with the tip-up configuration, which is the way I more often carry my knives. You could switch the pocket clip location to a tip-down If you wanted to wear it subtly, and it would almost vanish in your pocket.
The Boker Karambit allows all 4 positions, speaking of pocket clips: lefties take note.
I settled on the one below after messing around with optimal deployment methods. Not the fastest, but absolutely the one I found myself having the most success with. I believe consistency is the most important aspect in a tactical knife, and this method of deployment gives me fair consistency.
One of the meanest looking blades in the business: I daresay awful is its modus operandi.
Pinkie finger in the ring and blade resting across the spine is incredibly ergonomic. The blade practically asks to bite into something. Never trulygave karambits much thought, yet after practicing and playing with this one for about a month or so, I believe I am going to get more into them.
Choking up is weird, and while no hotspots made themselves known, I don’t consider this to be a suitable utility knife, not at all. The cutting angle does not lend itself to everyday tasks and the grinds are too aggressive. No surprises here.
Reverse is equally as agreeable as the first/standard Karambit grip. Your grip secures in like a vise and gives your hand an imposing amount of slashing power.
Although this knife is stuck in a pretty awkward situation. This is a thoroughbred tactical knife, just like the CRKT Hissatsu, but unlike the CRKT Hissatsu, I’m not experienced enough with this style of blade to truly give it what I believe is a fair assessment. From my limited utilization of karambits, I would have to state that it truly changed my point of view on them. In almost every instance I initially thought I would prefer other tactical knives over karambits, but following a few minutes of simulated strikes and slashes, my utilization of this knife suddenly clicked, and my actions felt totally natural.
The Boker Karambit swiftly turned into an extension of my hand, even with my inexperience with the tool, making me finally understand why karambits, have stood the test of time besides their undeniably good looks.
Boker Plus Knife – Conclusion
With this knife already deployed and in-hand, in a high-stress situation, I would bet that even a person with absolutely no tactical or MBC experience would turn into an extremely dangerous enemy to have, and that is expected how natural karambits like this one feel while slashing.
Initially I picked up the Boker Plus Karambit simply because I was curious about karambits in general and their applications. In case if you are curious as I was, I have to admit that it’s a brilliant introduction to karambits: crazy good-looking and extremely sturdy; it will give you the feel for karambits at the price of a few outings to Starbucks.
Do not purchase this knife as a badass/tactical-looking everyday carry: you are going to regret it. It’s not a utility blade either, remember that. But as aninexpensive, durable, self-defence knife: go for it.
This badass slab of steel now sits neatly on my bedside table at night, for the record.