Boker Kalashnikov Automatic Knife

As with most of my previous blogs. The Boker Kalashnikov automatic knife was a knife I was unsure of and took some time to purchase. I have seen this knife in many videos and reviews in the past but, I never really wanted to purchase or try it out. I don’t know if it was the price, blade steel or the combination. I do not believe I am a knife snob but, the price point made me wonder how good could it be? Well, once again I was wrong in my assumptions.

The first thing you will notice right away is the cool packaging that the knife arrives in. The box is in the shape and stamping of an AK47 magazine. This just really starts out with your experience right. The packing itself is just cardboard but, is done well with looks and quality. This really sets the experience off on a good foot. I was excited to see the actual knife.

This was the first automatic knife that I have purchased, due to the crazy Minnesota knife laws. We are allowed to own but, not carry an automatic knife. So, I was always hesitant to purchase a knife I could only potentially experience in my own home. When I finally pulled the knife from the box I was presented with a nice aluminum scaled knife. This Boker felt solid and well built. I have handled knives 3 times the price point, that did not feel as solid as the Boker. The Boker comes in at a closed length of 4.375” making it a comfortable feel for my medium hands. I feel this knife, in all hand sizes, would sit snuggly and comfortably in the hand. 

Action. Probably the most important item for an automatic knife.  The action on this Boker is smooth, snappy and fulfilling. It has authority when you activate the knife. There is nothing on this action that says cheap or low quality. There is no safety on this knife, the action does take some decent pressure to activate. I don’t know how this knife would accidentally be activated in your pocket but, should be noted.

The blade on the Boker is nothing to write home about. The knife comes standard with AUS8 steel and this particular model is a dagger designed blade. I am not a huge fan of AUS8, which allows this knife to come in at a lower price point. The knife was not very sharp out of the box and since this is my first Boker, I am not sure if this is standard for this company. It does appear that this would be a good slicer after a few passes on the sharpener. The Boker seems to be an alright EDC knife though, I would not consider it a “hard use” knife this early in my experience. Though this might change as I get a bit more personal experience along with word of mouth from other users.

Overall this knife has impressed me at every turn. Especially for the price point, there is nothing really you can say negatively about it. Every time I was like I wish this knife would be…. I would remember, this is a 40-dollar knife. The one item that I found odd, was the clip. The clip looks like a skinny crinkle fry while trying to follow the contour of the knife scale. But, it just appears like an odd design. The clip is comfortable and does not leave any “hotspots” in your hand but, it just looks odd in my opinion.

I feel anyone would be happy with the purchase of this knife and I will for sure be adding more of these knives to my collection. This knife has definitely opened my eyes to the automatic knife world and look forward to exploring more knives in this genre.

Below are the specifications provided by BladeHQ

Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 7.625"
  • Blade Length: 3.25"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Material: AUS-8
  • Blade Style: Dagger
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Bead Blast
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.375"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.67"
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 3.70 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Automatic
  • Opener: Push Button
  • Lock Type: Plunge Lock
  • Brand: Boker
  • Model: Kalashnikov
  • Model Number: KALS62NSOI
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
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