New Boker AF FD... I am in LOVE!! (Brief review and Pics)


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EGGMAN240
November 18, 2010, 11:30 PM
In the past couple months, I have really started taking an interest in knives. This is because, 1) They are legal to carry in MD (which is damn near impossible to get a CCL in). 2) they are typically cheaper then guns and fun to collect. I usually spend <$100 on knives but have been craving a nice higher end carry blade.

Well, I was cruising the web Monday night (instead of watching the skins get their asses kicked), when I saw the Boker Applegate Folding Dagger. I have the Gerber Applegate Combat folder, and simply love the design. It is darn near perfect. I was thinking of picking up a more higher end knife, and this one fit the bill perfectly. It is similar to the Boker AFD, but has a serial number. Mine is 040, but I have no idea how high they go.

So, I ended up purchasing a Boker Applegate Fairbain Folding Dagger (or AF FD). It arrived today, and man is it SEXY. As I said, this is my first "higher" end knife. The fit and finish is exemplary, and the blade pivot is glass smooth. It fits great in my sausage-like mitts. The blade design is very nice, and looks modern yet classy. I am totally in love, and can't put the damn thing down! A couple cool things that totally surprised me (pleasantly):

-I has a billet aluminum "glass breaker" built into the handle (see last pic)
-It came in a nice pleather padded taco case
-You can reposition the clip for RH (tip up or down), and LH (tip down only), and it has little Boker tree stamped aluminum inserts to fill the non-occupied pocket clip hole

Some basic specs:

3 7/8" blade
9.5" overall
Handle: Grey Aluminum
Blade: Bead blasted S60V

Enough talking... On with the pics:

The knife... Ain't she pretty?
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv92/eggersj/IMG_0955.jpg

The aluminum "glass breaker"
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv92/eggersj/IMG_0957.jpg

Boker AF FD next to my Gerber AF Combat Folder
http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv92/eggersj/IMG_0960.jpg

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Fergy35
November 19, 2010, 02:34 PM
That sure is a good looking knife. I have always been a fan of the Fairborn design and have drooled over several of them at the shows. Do you mind telling us where you got it?

JoergS
November 19, 2010, 02:39 PM
I had that knife (an earlier version, almost identical), gave it away as a present to a friend a few years back.

I recall that it wasn't sharpened on both sides when I bought it, fixed it with my Lansky kit. The Lansky side was so much better that I did the factory edge side as well.

I still have the Gerber, love it, even bought the mini version (1st production run, actually).

EGGMAN240
November 19, 2010, 03:02 PM
That sure is a good looking knife. I have always been a fan of the Fairborn design and have drooled over several of them at the shows. Do you mind telling us where you got it?
Sure... I got it at bladeHQ.com. They had it to me in a day. Amazing customer service for sure!! These are back ordered at some sites (like Midway)...

Also, I just relocated the pocket clip to the bottom front. This allows it to be drawn with my index right on the deployment tab/hilt. It also seemed to loosen up the blade. The rotation is even smoother now. Not quite as fast as my Ti Lite (or wave design), but still great!! All in all a very substantial and slick blade. Have I mentioned I love this knife?

MikeJackmin
November 19, 2010, 05:02 PM
Now you need the automatic version:

http://www.bladehq.com/item--Gerber-Covert-Automatic--3965

EGGMAN240
November 20, 2010, 11:39 PM
I live in MD... Autos are illegal to buy unless you are a "Pro"... :(

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