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Boker Exskelibur 1 Folding Knife
Boker Exskelibur 1 Folding Knife
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Mine arrived today and it's a perfect specimen of Exskelibur. I got the CF/Titanium version.
It's razor sharp, evenly ground with good lock-up, perfectly centered. CF scales look fantastic under any light. I switched the clip to tip-up and now I'm in love. I read some reviews about handle being too thin and therefore affecting ergo. Sure it can be a concern if this is your only knife. I don't know who those people are and why they are on massdrop. I myself have 3 Exskelibur 1s and 3 Exskelibur 2s in different variations. In my collection this knife is the thinnest, and will be my pick for EDC, date-nights, trouser days, shorts days, and cycling. If I bring it to a steak restaurant, I guarantee some waiter will ask to see/handle it.
Also worth mentioning, before this I was envious of the new BM bugout/535. Not anymore! The knife belongs on the dinner table whereas the 535 will look like a kids' toy.
me happy, thx massdrop
99cuts (or anyone else) is there mych variation between specimens in your Bokers with regards to fit/finish, etc? I’ve only handled Bokers at retailers and I haven’t been super impressed with consistency, but for all I know, it could juct be the models I was looking at.
Input is appreciated —thanks!
jmunder, i acquired my collection slowly over several years. So yes, f&f is better with later years. I suppose boker also has CQI. I recall returning the first one due to a slightly bent blade that i only noticed after 1 week of carry. I have not found issues with the cf version here.
Some dealer stock could be from years ago.
I don’t have as extensive experience with Exskeliburs as 99cuts does, but I have the cocobolo/damascus version. Its a very attractive knife and has a good action (especially after cleaning/lubing) despite being onTeflon washers. Like 99cuts said, if you carry this, people will ask to see it regularly.
However, as far as F&F goes, mine was only ok, the wood was pristine but the box inside was actually stained with whatever they used to stain/finish it, like it was put in there wet, didn’t seem to affect mine but that’s a little ugly. The biggest complaint I have is the complete lack of any chamfering on the liners, the edges are very sharp and completely raw. The Damascus pattern on mine was definitely uneven from one side to the other too.
Ultimately I feel like its a great design that Boker just missed the mark on execution. I think for the money there should have been better care taken with details like that. That being said, I can only speak for the damascus version. I would recommend the S35VN version.
Ditto on the sharp liners on other variants. I filed mine down using a ceramic stone. Just a few swipes does the job.
The cf version is linerless, i didnt have to perform any diy fixes.
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