Boker Kwaiken Knife Review

Today we’re getting up close and personal with the Boker Kwaiken. The Kwaiken has been around for a while, but I thought it was high time we spotlighted this awesome knife.

Boker Kwaiken

Background

The Kwaiken was designed by Lucas Burnley. From what I’ve gathered, the Kwaiken started out as a custom design and later evolved into a production design after Burnley teamed up with Boker Knives to make a production version. In fact, this is Burnley’s first factory collaboration ever, and it has become a staple for many knife collectors. Lucas Burnley designs are very clean and functional, just like his website. Knife makers are known for their outstanding knife designs, but not so much for their well-designed websites. Lucas Burnley is an exception; his website is extremely clean and has a great layout, which shows that great design is infused in every aspect of his life.

 

The Knife

Now it’s time to take a look at what makes this knife so popular. First off, here’s some info on the Kwaiken’s specs. The specs will vary depending on what knife you’re looking at, but for this post we’re going to take a look at the Kwaiken pictured at the top of this post.

The Boker Kwaiken totals 8.375 inches in length with a 3.5-inch blade, and it weighs 4.27 ounces. The blade on this knife is AUS-8, which has .75 percent carbon, and it has a tough composition while still holding an edge well. It’s not a high-end steel, but it is very functional and helps keep the cost of this custom-gone-production knife cost down so that it’s more affordable and accessible to more people.

The blade has a thumb disk, which I actually prefer to most thumb studs. It’s big enough so your thumb finds it easily, and its shape is pretty ergonomic. I’ve opened many a knife that had a rough, pointy thumb stud that hurt after just a few times of opening and closing the blade. The thumb disk on the Kwaiken will be much friendlier on your fingers.

The handle on this Kwaiken is Micarta, but it’s also available in G-10, titanium, and carbon fiber. I tend to favor the Micarta and G-10 versions because I like having a grippy handle, so I really like this specific model of the Kwaiken. The handle is also nice and slim, so it fits really nicely in the hand and isn’t too bulky.

The knife opens using an IKBS ball-bearing system, so it has very smooth opening. It also has a nice liner lock that’s a breeze to use.

 

Overall Thoughts

I personally really like this knife. It’s not a rugged knife; rather, it’s an elegant knife that you can use to tackle your daily chores while still looking like a classy guy or gal. It has excellent functionality and fits nicely in the hand. It is designed in such a way that opening and closing the knife isn’t going to be a chore, and the opening action is really, really smooth. I really like the elegance and functionality in this knife. In my book, this knife is a winner.

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DPx H.E.S.T. Review

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The DPx H.E.S.T. is quite the knife! I was really impressed with it, and you’ll see why as you continue reading this DPx H.E.S.T. review. Size The DPx H.E.S.T. fixed blade totals 7.625 inches in length, and it has a 3.15-inch blade. The Izula II, … Continue reading

KNIFE BUYER’S GUIDE INFOGRAPHIC, PART 1:

Anatomy of the Different Types of Knives

We got together and decided that we wanted to make a comprehensive knife infographic. Rather than making you search for separate and specific infographics one at a time, we’re putting them all in the same place for your convenience. While we will introduce them one at a time, after the last infographic is released, we (and by “we” I mean our graphic designer) will arrange them nicely into one master infographic.

There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a new blade, and we hope this series expands your knowledge and helps you discover the blades that fit your needs best. This first infographic includes the anatomy of all the different knife types along with their pros and cons.

Anatomy of the Different Types of KnivesClick to View Full Size Image

 

Anatomy of an Automatic Knife

Automatic knives are designed primarily for military, police and EMT duty. These knives are simple to open in an emergency by pushing a firing button or pulling a lever. Check the laws in your area before purchasing an automatic knife, as they are restricted in many areas.

Anatomy of an Automatic Knife InfographicAn infographic by the team at Blade HQ

 

Anatomy of a Manual / Spring Assisted Folding Knife

Manual knives are legal in most areas, which means they are extremely common. Often, this type of knife is also recognized as a “pocket knife.” Spring assisted knives are roughly the same as manual knives, but they have a spring inside the handle that helps deploy the blade much faster. Spring assisted knives typically have a thumb stud and/or flipper.

Anatomy of a Manual / Spring Assisted Folding KnifeAn infographic by the team at Blade HQ

 

Anatomy of a Fixed Blade Knife

Fixed blade knives don’t fold or contract like other types of knives. Fixed blades are perfect for nearly any use—they are carried by sportsmen, hunters, campers, and more.

Anatomy of a Fixed Blade KnifeAn infographic by the team at Blade HQ

 

Anatomy of an Out The Front Knife

Out The Front knives are similar to automatic knives in many ways; they are opened by pushing a thumb slide or pulling a lever, but with an OTF knife the blade always deploys out the front of the handle—not the side, like automatic knives. OTF knives are restricted in many areas so be certain to consult your local laws before purchasing these items.

Anatomy of an Out The Front KnifeAn infographic by the team at Blade HQ

 

Anatomy of a Butterfly Knife

Some people spend years trying to master the skill of flipping butterfly knives, A.K.A. balisong knives. It’s debatable whether it’s more fun to flip a butterfly knife or to watch someone flip— it looks really cool, and it’s practically mesmerizing.

Anatomy of a Butterfly KnifeAn infographic by the team at Blade HQ

 

Stay tuned for part 2: “The Ultimate Blade Breakdown.”

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Kershaw Skyline Fixed Blade Knife Review

There have been all sorts of reviews from all sorts of people from all over the internet. The Kershaw Skyline use to only be held and sold specifically at Cabela’s. Now this small, but amazingly put together knife is sold only at BladeHQ.com. The Kershaw Skyline has become a very sought after knife, and I never knew why until I had the experience of holding and using one. This knife can be used for pretty much anything and everything: from an everyday carry knife to your most used hunting knife.

The Kershaw Skyline fixed blade knife has many great features. This knife is very light, yet very durable. It has a full tang 14C28N Sandvik blade. Now I know not everyone knows how to explain or describe that blade stainless steel, and honestly neither do I, except that it has been compared to the American made 154CM stainless steel. Now I don’t know how accurate that is considering 14C28N is a Swedish made steel and 154cm is an American made steel. But hey if you need a comparison steel to make things easier to visualize. Now I’m not saying that the steel on this knife is bad by any means. I’m just saying it’s not quite up there with 154cm. But I will tell you a thing or two about this stainless steel. For one it is a very durable steel, and can be put through pretty much anything and keep its quality in edge retention. I don’t know a whole lot about Swedish steels, but from what I hear you won’t exactly be let down by it. It has an HRC of about 55-62. Now 62 HRC is pretty dang hard to get up to even for the higher end steels like 154cm and S30VN, between 55-58 is more believable.

The handles on this knife are great for gripping which is why it used for pretty much anything. It has G-10 scale handles, which personally are some of my favorite handle types. A lot of knife companies will try to sell you on how great their rubber (plastic) handles are and how superb they are above all the others. Well I say G-10, Micarta, and actual rubber gripping are the best for handles with any knife, and considering it is just barely less than 8 inches in overall length I say it fits in your hand very comfortably.

Over all I love this knife. IIf I were to go camping or to have a sheathed knife to have on me at all times, well it would be this little number. But don’t just take my word for it, purchase one and you will know exactly what I am talking about!

Kershaw Skyline Fixed Blade Knives are sold exclusively at BladeHQ.com.

Spyderco “R” Nishijin Folding Knife Review

The Spyderco R Nishijin Folder is a very sexy and great looking knife!  I am a big fan of Spyderco knives, and this one tops it all. I had a chance to hold it and play with it  to know that Spyderco and the Japanese Gods did an excellent job on this design. I personally like the design of  R Nishijin: it feels so good and comfortable in my hands; the look of the Japanese woven carbon fiber is a huge ego booster.

This elegant Spyderco folding knife features a spear shape blade with the Spyderhole opener; back lock with the David Boyd dent; and VG-10 steel. In my opinion VG-10 stainless steel is on of the best stainless steels out there, and it holds an edge like a champ. I have used a few different steel types on my EDC knives and the VG-10 has been my favorite. The R Nishijin is comparable in size to the Spyderco Paramilitary 2—which is another favorite Spyderco of mine. Other features of the “R” Nishijin is the Black Stainless steel pocket clip which could be used tip up or tip down or on either side of the handles. The handle scales are a little slippery but the jimping on the spine helps by adding more grip so you have more control of the knife.  Overall the Spyderco R Nishijin is not only a good looking knife but a knife that would stand up as an EDC (everday carry). This is my next EDC purchase.

Buy a Spyderco R Nishijin or other Spyderco folding knives at BladeHQ.com today!