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Boker Applegate-Fairbairn A-F Combat II Dagger 6" Plain Blade, Fiberglass Delrin Handles (120543AF)

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Part Number: BO120543AF
Manufacturer: Boker Knives
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BO120543AF: Boker Applegate-Fairbairn A-F 12

Boker's reissue of the Applegate-Fairbairn Fighting Knife uses fiberglass-reinforced Delrin handle, thickened in the center for a sure grip. A lanyard hole adds convenience. The handle meets a short, forward-bending cross guard that protects the fingers. Boker achieved the knife's preferred rearward balance by inserting steel weights into the handle - a beautifully ergonomic design. The 6" blade on this 10 3/4" knife has effective reach, with a 1" wide blade that's beefy all the way to the tip. Struck of Solingen 440C stainless steel hardened to a Rockwell of 58, the blade has the signatures of Rex Applegate and W.E. Fairbairn etched into the bead-blasted finish. Sheathed in Kydex and including large Tek-Lok system. Made in Solingen, Germany.
Made in Germany
Made in Germany
The original steel Capital of the World: Solingen, Germany produces some of the best Kitchen knives and straight razors money can buy.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
440C Stainless Steel
440C Stainless Steel
High end stainless steel with a high resistance to corrosion and will sharpen to a razor edge.
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5 out of 5
Sep 21, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
excellent knife
This is a very nicely made knife with excellent design and balance. I see none of the flaws in manufacture or sharpening that other reviews mention. It came quite well sharpened, so only really needed some additional honing. The point is very sharp, but not fragile. The biggest question is the tek lok sheath. It is not as bad as some of the reviews would make you think. The rivets do not come in contact with the blade and there is not a rivet (just a drainage hole) at the point. Would a nice leather sheath that comes up halfway up the handle be better? Definitely. But the style and utility of the tek lok sheath is at least consistent with the delrin handles and stainless steel blades, and the clip will allow you to clip it onto webbing without having to thread it through (like you do with a loop on a leather sheath) and perhaps most importantly, the sheath holds the knife securely and allows you to draw it. I plan to get a nice leather sheath made for it, but will keep the tek lok sheath in case it is needed.
5 out of 5
Rick S
Jun 29, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
5 out of 5
Apr 25, 2012
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Great Knife/Garbage Sheath
The knife is sharp enough for its primary purpose. The signatures in the blade bother me a little, but, hey, credit should be given where credit is due. The balance is great. The sheath, however, is absolute garbage! The rivet (Sp?) on the tip will dmage your blade and drawing this knife from its garbage sheath would be very difficult in a stressful situation. Tek Loks (Sp?) are not all that they're boasted to be- I think they're useless. I've had this knife for two a droor. Why, you might ask. Because the sheath is garbage. I just now ordered a custom sheath for it. This knife would serve well for its purpose. This is not a hunting knife. This is not a bushcraft knife. This is not a box cutter of a food prep knife. This is made to drive into the vital organs or arteries of an enemy combatant when a firearm is not appropriate or available. The sheath damages the tip of the blade (the most important part of the knife) and would prevent you from using the knife in the scenario it is designed for. I have never disliked a sheath for a knife so much. When my custom sheath arrives, I will make a point of destroying the factory sheath. I would rather have Boker send a cardboard sleeve for this knife than that piece of worthless junk.
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