Boker or, the “Tree Brand” has been making knives since the 17th century in Solingen Germany. Soligen is of course one of the world’s most famous knife cities, and the Boker brand is steeped in this cutlery capital’s rich history. Originally Boker made sabers to fuel various war efforts. Today of course Boker is well known for their tactical, EDC and kitchen knives… although they do still make some inexpensive swords (always wanted to do a sword review…).
Boker Knife Reviews:
- Boker Kwaiken Flipper Review
Back when the original Boker Kwaiken came onto the scene I was pretty excited. Modeled after knifemaker Lucas Burnley's custom offering, this sleek design looked too cool to resist. That is, until, reviews started to ... continue reading
- Boker Plus Titan Review
Have you ever bought a knife while drinking? I'm not sure if this is a common thing or not, but I was putting back a few beers while recording yet another morally suspect episode of GearGeeksLive when I decided to pic ... continue reading
- Boker Pipsqueak Review
The Boker Pipsqueak is a "little big knife" designed by Neil Blackwood of Blackwood Custom Knives and manufactured by Boker in Solingen, Germany. As an urbanite who primarily carries a knife for utility purposes, I ha ... continue reading
- Boker Plus Vox BOB Review
Designed by Jesper Voxnæs of Vox Knives, the Boker Plus Vox BOB is an interesting blend of chunky fixed blade and simple Scandinavian design. Mr. Voxness has done a number of collaborations with Boker, perhaps most n ... continue reading
- Boker S2 Review
I've been drooling over Sniper Bladeworks custom knives for a long time now. For the uninitiated, Sniper Bladeworks is the brainchild of Lance Abernathy and Jody Muller. Jody handles fabrication and Lance comes up wit ... continue reading
- Boker SubCom Review
Boker has recently done some great collaborations with custom knife makers (like the previously reviewed Boker Eskelibur). The Boker SubCom is another collaborative effort, this time with designer Chad Los Banos. A ... continue reading
- Boker 01BO001 - Exskelibur I Review
Every now and then I see a knife that I absolutely have to own. Now, believe it or not, my collection of knives is small in comparison to the size (and value) of many knife collectors, so I like to think I exercise so ... continue reading
More on Boker
The Boker logo originates from a chestnut tree growing outside their facility in Remscheid, Germany. The story goes this tree lived by the building for over 100 years before being struck by lightening. A local artist turned the tree into a piece of art that now stays in the office of the Boker president.
It’s interesting because Boker actually split into two separate companies very early on giving us Boker USA and Boker Germany. Boker USA never actually made anything, they just imported the German knives and started created a long and profitable relationship between the two companies. The various members of the Boker family also moved the company into Canada, Mexico and South America. It’s interesting to see how a company like Boker was progressive enough to understand the importance of a global market so long ago and it’s no surprise to me that they are still in business today.
However, it wasn’t always easy for Boker. During WW2 Boker’s Solingen factory burned completely to the ground with all the tools and paperwork inside it. Amazingly the business put the factory together after the war and resumed production.
Boker today is still very much a global brand. Their central and south American businesses are still vitally important to the firm. Boker also produces a line of knives in Asia, the Boker Plus series, which has proven to be exceptionally popular in the US and abroad. There are a lot of nice small to medium sized blades in the collection. The Boker plus line is characterized as high value offerings that don’t sacrifice quality. My experience with the line would hold that is true and I like how the steels and materials they use are slightly better than most “value” priced knives.
What I especially enjoy about the Boker Plus line is the great collaborations Boker has done with custom knifemakers and designers. Notable people to collaborate with Boker are high end custom maker Jens Anso and Hawaiian designer Chad Los Banos. Boker has really been pushing the envelope with their “Plus” line and I look forward to seeing what is on the horizon and of course, reviewing more of their knives.