Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Material, Ease of Opening
Pretty good, but could use some revisions
Overall, the Boker Plus Kwaiken is a very good knife both in function and aesthetics. It has a blade of a functional length for a multitude of uses and the blade shape lends itself well to slicing everything from steak at the dinner table to whittling wood into tinder. The IKBS bearings make the blade action incredibly smooth without any side play and the liner lock locks up nice and tight. Steel liners and micarta scales make up the handle which is shaped well and is comfortable to hold. The liners are solid, giving the knife a bit of heft. I can say that clipped to my jeans pockets, I hardly notice it is there. The pocket clip came pretty tight out of the box, but a little flexing outwards loosened it up just enough to my liking. Some complaints I have about the knife are as mentioned by the other reviewers. The handle of the knife is so minimalist that it leaves the blade dangerously close to being exposed on two areas - the tip and near the pivot. My knife had a strong detent that kept the blade tip from being exposed, but it is possible for a fingertip or other bit of flesh to sneak in between the liners and get nicked. On the spine side, the sharpened edge near the pivot is just barely flush with the liners. A firm grip can allow the flesh to be squeezed in between them and contact the blade. I have not yet experienced any cuts from handling the closed knife, but I did come close to nicking myself on the tip. I would have preferred a slightly larger handle that would enclose the blade a millimeter or two more for an added margin of safety. I found the thumb disc to be a tad too small to allow me to readily open the knife up quickly and easily. I felt I had to dig the tip of my thumb under the disc in order to pop the blade out past the detent so enough would be exposed for my thumb to fully grasp and deploy. I found out Boker USA offers a larger thumb disc for the Kwaiken that can be had by simply contacting them. For the money, I would have expected to see a higher end steel, but AUS-8 is in plenty of my other knives and I have never had any issues with it. The knife came shaving sharp out of the box and has only required a little touching up occasionally to remain that way.