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Ricky Ray replied to Michael D Sabol's discussion The history of Boker Knives from their start until modern day in the group Boker Fans
"Now we're closing in on it. Sounds like late 1940s to circa 1955. Does it look kinda like this?"
Dec 13, 2017
Ricky Ray replied to Michael D Sabol's discussion The history of Boker Knives from their start until modern day in the group Boker Fans
"Generally speaking, if it's bone it was made prior to 1965. Does it have a round shield on the handle? Got any pics to share?"
Dec 10, 2017
Ricky Ray replied to Michael D Sabol's discussion The history of Boker Knives from their start until modern day in the group Boker Fans
"It does help a little bit Steve. BOKER/USA on the tang was used from the 1940s until 1984. 8538 is the pattern number. Other ways to determine the age a little better is the handle material. Is it bone, plastic, celluloid, or delrin?"
Dec 9, 2017
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Yessir that's all of them. Series I on top and Series II on the bottom!"
Dec 9, 2017
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Dec 9, 2017
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
Nov 27, 2017
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Also, in case I haven't mentioned it. Mark, the new format of KNIFE Magazine since the name change is FANTASTIC! It's like you guys found another gear, cause it's really taking off now."
Nov 27, 2017
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"That was a good article. The Great American Story knives are very unusual. They were all made in the USA! Most of the other Boker Limited Edition knives were made in Solingen. I think the GAS knives are undervalued. You can still pick them up for…"
Nov 27, 2017

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How long have you collected knives?
6- 10 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Boker, of course
W.R. Case
Bark River
About Me
here I am.
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knives, guns, hunting, trout fishing, hiking, old fast cars, baseball, hanging with my lovely wife.

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Knives, Importers, and Retailers associated with Boker

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 19:00 5 Comments

Just a little list of knife brand names and trademarks known to be associated with, or manufactured by Boker. (Both in Solingen and USA):



Arbolito - Spanish for "little tree". South American branch. Argentina.



Boker Plus - Boker's current "international" brand. Made in Tiawan and China.



Boker USA - Started in 1899 when H. Boker & Co. purchased the Valley Forge plant. Ended U.S. production in 1983.



Casa Boker - Hardware store founded…
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The Shield Tells a Story - More on Estimating the Age of Boker Knives

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 19:30 40 Comments

First of all, let me start by saying this is a work in progress. We know how difficult it is to determine the age of a Boker knife. Tang stamps, steel, bolster and liner materials, blade etches, and scale materials all tell a part of the story. Another method is by looking at the shields. It is tricky, because one needs to be certain that the shield is original to the knife. For the sake of argument, let's say that you can be sure ...

Here is a collection of shields, and my attempt to…

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So You Wanna Know About That Old Boker Knife You Just Scored At The Flea Market?

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 12:02 3 Comments

I feel your pain.

Part of the excitement - and misery - of collecting Boker knives is the research.

Why is it so easy to find information on knives made by W.R. Case, but not H. Boker?

Well, back in 1970, Case started using tang stamps, dots, and now stars to help the collector. You can look at a Case knife from post 1970 and find out the exact year in which it was manufactured. You just have to know the code.

No such luck with Boker. There were a few years in the…

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At 19:37 on April 25, 2012, johnny twoshoes said…

Ricky, it's awesome to have you as a member of the Arsenal. Hopefully you'll be able to enjoy some of the discussions going on. Feel free to share as you like, thanks again.

At 9:40 on February 1, 2012, Smiling-Knife said…

Thanks very much for the warm welcome. Looking forward to seeing you onboard. s-k.

At 20:36 on June 6, 2011, johnny twoshoes said…

Ricky, Me and my family pray for your wife everyday, we continue to pray that all goes well and that she will be healed and restrengthened by the Good LORD. 

 

I wish I was more like your Dad, I just can't seem to pick a knife to stick with. 

GOD Bless my friend 

At 18:26 on June 6, 2011, stephen tungate said…
hi ricky how you and steel doing ?is your knee any better?and did you get that new knife you was waiting on?
At 8:46 on June 5, 2011, johnny twoshoes said…

Hey Ricky, hows it going?

It's been a while my friend, Hope and Pray all is well for you and yours. 

Great pics too, I'm not a Boker guy so thank you for showin' your's off.... NICE

 

How Is your Dad still liking that Buck?

 

GOD Bless 

At 7:37 on May 24, 2011, Mark Zalesky said…

Hi Ricky,

Well, excluding the Remscheid stamp labeled G1 on the chart, this is a pretty old knife. Hard to really say when this was made as there's not much to go on. It does appear to be imitation ivory celluloid so that likely puts it before WWII, and the true wharncliffe -- with a wharncliffe master blade -- is a very old pattern but as a shadow (no bolsters) and with a bail added, I can't imagine this knife being any older than about 1910 or so -- just guessing (I used to collect wharncliffes, a long time ago).

Based mostly on the markings, I would guess that this wasn't made for the American market, but likely for another English speaking market and Australia would be a good bet. Let's say c.1910-1940 for a wide range. Most of the knives I've seen with the crossed arrows logo have been much later, 1970s, but I think that Roger Russell has an older fixed blade marked much like this and maybe I've seen one more. Definitely rare markings, at least here in the states.

Hope this helps -- just my opinion of course, and everybody's got one!

Mark

At 11:00 on May 3, 2011, stephen tungate said…
thank you for joining the sog group you input is needed thanks very much.your friend stephen....
At 21:52 on May 2, 2011, Sunil Ram said…
Ricky, welcome to the Stockman Pattern Group.
At 22:20 on April 23, 2011, stephen tungate said…
ricky i am like you i was fooled by the light weight and g 10 handles i always put quality with heavy i guess that not true now days. i have been useing the sog flash 11 as a edc and put it therw its pacees it has held up great.but the weight gets me. bill said and others they was good know i know i will beat on it some more and give you the report....
At 17:24 on April 19, 2011, stephen tungate said…
rick what do you know about sog knives i bought the flash 11 and it was like light duty to me i exspected more it said assembled in the usa that looked funny to me because i thought they were all made in usa but i went to there web site and the more exspenseve ones said place of orgin japan and china. what do you know about this?..thanks stephen ps say hi to steel for me
 
 
 

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