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Ricky Ray posted a status
"Strolling around the campus of Clemson University..."
Mar 3
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Here are a couple of pics of H. Boker & Co.'s Boys Knife from the 1920s. I've been looking for one of these for a long time!"
Mar 3
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"A nice whittler catches my attention too..."
Feb 19
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion The first knife give away of 2018
"Good on you Steven! Congrats!"
Feb 17
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Just in case I haven't mentioned it, I really like the Boker 85 razor jack pattern. Three of these have custom handles, one was made in Argentina, and the rest are original as made in Solingen."
Feb 17
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion The first knife give away of 2018
"#33 CONDUCTOR WHITTLER is my FAVE!"
Feb 13
Ricky Ray replied to patrick's discussion Possible Boker identification
"Looks like it could be a John Primble model 5370 made by Boker - (1950s-1960s?) What is the closed length?"
Feb 12
Ricky Ray commented on Jan Carter's event 'Blade Show **GA**'
"I'm in!"
Feb 8
Ricky Ray replied to Robin Peck's discussion Vintage Boker fixed blade in the group Boker Fans
"some other clues about the age of that knife: 1) Chromium plating was developed in the 1920s. 2) The rounded pommel fell out of favor after WW2, the bird's head shape being more prevalent. I would guess that knife was made in the 1930s."
Feb 7
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"I thought so too, Jan!"
Feb 6
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Just saw this little nicker go across the online auction block. I let it get away, but it sold at a pretty good price. Not much over $100."
Feb 6
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Welcome William, I don't know anything about H. Frohsinn, but I have seen a couple of knives marked in such a fashion on eBay. They appear to be a quality knife, maybe from the 1930s? Here's a pic of one."
Feb 6
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion Böker and Pro-Tech Team Up for Auto Burnley Kwaiken in the group Boker Fans
"Oh yeah. Me likey. :)"
Feb 2
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Oh yeah, one more thing about the KWAIKEN AUTO: "MADE IN USA""
Jan 28
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"In other news. I just picked up this Boker/George Schrade stainless steel fishing knife for my collection. Circa 1956-58. Strange, I seem to be migrating to the cheaper knives lately! But it is a neat piece of history. Now if I can only find that…"
Jan 28
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Nice! Hopefully they will bring the Kwaiken Auto to the BLADE show in ATL!"
Jan 28

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Yes
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.
Interests
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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