Straighten me out on Boker knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by robertj298, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Maybe @germania could clear this up. Does Solingen on the shield denote 100% Solingen manufacture, or is that only true if it says Solingen on the tang?
     
  2. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    I would imagine that Solingen being a town might have some kind of 'trademark' when it comes putting its name on a knife? There are certain strict rules in the EU and individual countries about this kind of thing. On the tang would inspire confidence in me, the shield if it has German names too.

    Here's a Latina from South America :)

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  3. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    I got this Barlow new a few years ago. Visible side tang stamp and shield read 'Solingen'. Other side tang reads 'Germany' and '440C Stainless'.

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  4. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Picked up this basically unused ('60s-'70s I think) USA made Barlow at a knife show in 2018. The only tang stamp is the '493' seen here.

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    I think I remember seeing something about being made in Germany on the box that this cup came in, but not entirely sure...:oops::D

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  5. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Typical of what I see on my Boker knives.
    The Gents knife is marked with Solingen Germany on the pile side tang.
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    The Coffin Jack just wanted to be in the picture!
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    Both these Nessmis are excellent. Maybe a little more attention to finishing on the Solingen made. The Boker + says Made in China on the box but no mention of country of origin on the blade.
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    The Camp knife is clearly marked on the blade and shield.
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  6. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Round and Round the Boker goes
    and where it stops
    Nobody knows.
    Here we go again....
    Nobody actually knows and Boker aren't telling.....are they....

    "The law is an ass"
    H.Ford.
    "Made" "Manufactured" "Assembled"???
    Boker is all over the place....seeming to use interpretation of laws and words to flog their OS built knives as "made in germany"...Caveat Emptor....
    I also believe reading the tang stamp is part of reading the knife....knowledge is power.



    :D:D:thumbsup:
    Yes me too ...Pardon my ignorance and I dont mean to be rude to anyone...but when I look at some of these Bokers... I go Thats Not German...but you probably get s good quality knife nevertheless.....price is a good indicator in one respect only:
    "Cheap things aint German and German things aint cheap." Meakfucious.
    Case in point....
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    This Boker Plus was a free gift from a trader off ebuy...very thoughtful and generous..not a bad little cutter BUT...a couple of the screws have fallen out...the only thing that links it to Germany is the Boker Plus name....plus what? Plus its made in China and Plus thats not written anywhere on it....which IMHO it should...
    Cheers.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2020
  7. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Good discussion, folks. Let's keep the comments and examples to their traditional products, please.

    My experience with Boker Plus is the packaging indicates made in China. No such markings on the knives. Maybe that meets whatever requirements they have.
     
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  8. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Apologies if I rattled the chain Gary @Peregrin ...that one had no package and to be honest its been a faithful hound.:)
     
  9. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    meako, No harm, no foul.
     
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  10. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    One of the other screws has fallen out now...its gone on the carpet..:oops:
     
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  11. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Is this common if a knife is made in the Northern Hemisphere but used south of the Equator?? :rolleyes:

    - GT
     
  12. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    My newest Boker, made just last year, is a wonderful knife. Solingen is on both the shield and tang, the blades are 440C, and the stag is superb.
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    This one is from the 1980s, also of very high quality, "Made in Germany" etch and Solingen stamped.
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    Easily one of my favorite stockman knives, all Solingen from 1974.
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    My oldest Boker, a junior cattle knife from the 1930s that was made in the USA.
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  13. GermanyChris

    GermanyChris

    Feb 18, 2015
    I have yet to find a shop where I can’t buy a German Böker but they’re not in the window.
     
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  14. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    @GermanyChris OK but I've heard from 2 other Germans that they have to buy their Böker Traditionals from abroad.

    Here's a nice Penknife in stainless.

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  15. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    600
    Feb 9, 2020
    Have you tried using a magnet to find it?
     
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  16. GermanyChris

    GermanyChris

    Feb 18, 2015
    Germany isn’t monolithic I get mine from the states to because it’s cheaper
     
  17. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Thanks I'll give it a go....I was using the hopeless fumble and grope blindly method.
    Found It!!
    Cheers @Bastler.
     
  18. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    All really nice examples Jeff! Love the youngest' stag, the uniqueness of the shadow pattern, the jigging on the 3rd and the coolness of the cattle knife!
     
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  19. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    The "440A" etched on the blades is a fair indicator it isn't 440C.
    Like I said before: "If you or anyone else want to buy a new Boker, go for it. Just don't expect service after the sale, if it's needed."
    Even Rough Ryder and BTI Schrade (that pretty much "everyone" bad-mouths because of COO and "low price so they can't be any good") which cost a heck of a lot less than Boker plus and Boer Magnum, answer email, and stand behind their product.
    The bail came of my BTI Schrade/Old Timer 23OT 4 blade scout knife. They replaced it no problems/no hassle/no postage due.

    If you go to the Boker manufacturer's sub-forum here, (run and managed by Boker) you'll see I'm not the only one they ignore.
    Most, if not all questions are answered by consumers, not Boker.
    Boker can kiss my Heineken; I'll never buy another new one, and the vintage "Tree Brand" are out of my budget so I'll not be buying one of them, either.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2020
  20. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Red, thanks for the nice words, and I agree on all counts!
     

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