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Now you can get your Boker book in German!

Started May 11, 2019 0 Replies

Glad to say that H. Boker in Solingen has translatedBOKER: TWO CENTURIES AND TWO COUNTRIES REPRESENTING ONE NAME IN CUTLERY EXCELLENCE into German! It is offered on the German Boker web page:…Continue

Tags: Punchard, book, Brand, Tree, Boker


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Thomas Osborne commented on Ricky Ray's blog post The Shield Tells a Story - More on Estimating the Age of Boker Knives
"I have a old boker 3 blade the shield has the tree and there is a 19 on the left side of tree and 00 other right side of tree at the base of the tree, does anyone have a clue as to how old my boker may be the tang is stamped Boker Solingen Germany.…"
Oct 9, 2022
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Sorry, not barlow, just swell end jack knife with curly birch scales. Love it though."
Jan 26, 2021
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"This barlow with the spear blade is cool too!"
Jan 26, 2021
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Just saw these new traditional style knives made by Boker in Solingen - NEW in the 2021 catalog. Love these swell end knives."
Jan 26, 2021
Ricky Ray posted a status
"I just enjoyed watching a nice video review of the Boker book by HobieonYouTube. 16 minute long review! https://youtu.be/oLngKz6h6LU"
Jan 2, 2021
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion iKC Christmas give away
"I'm grateful to have survived this COVID thing. It hit four of us at work at the same time. Two are still in the hospital!"
Dec 16, 2020
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"dead_left, that is an ATTLEBORO, the flagship model at www.attleboroknives.com"
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"Those Black Rifle commercials are pretty funny...  Nice Fairbairn!  Oo, but what's the black bladed knife off to the left...?  I was thinking about a similar design in my head all day.  I can't quite recognize the logo…"
Jan 7, 2020
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"Now the one on the BOKER BOOK in the middle....THat little mini coke bottle ........caught my eye ............the fixed blade has a medieval feel to it.........Cool."
Jan 5, 2020
Pen Knife replied to Ricky Ray's discussion The Boker Book is Here! in the group Boker Fans
"Excellent reading. Greatly helps understand the Boker brand."
Dec 2, 2019
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Those OPTIMAs are really nice. I love Boker's old smooth grey bone they used back in the 90s."
Oct 25, 2019
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion FLASH GIVEAWAY
"My favorite thing about the new web page is THE VAULT - digital versions of many knife resources. My favorite being the KNIFE magazine and KNIFE WORLD archived back issues. They are available back through 2005 currently, with plans of going all the…"
Jun 9, 2019
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"Only 4 days until BLADE show!"
Jun 3, 2019
Ricky Ray replied to ALAN PACK's discussion BOKER KNIFE SET
"At $5, you did REALLY GOOD."
May 29, 2019

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How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
I was invited by Scott King
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
11- 15 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Boker, of course
W.R. Case
Bark River
About Me
here I am.
knives, guns, hunting, trout fishing, hiking, old fast cars, baseball, hanging with my lovely wife.

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The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives! (Look! I made a Top Five list!)

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 9:32 3 Comments

The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives

(Since 1955)

As you may already know, I am a fan of Boker knives. I am not so much a fan of “Top 5” or “Top 10” lists, but so many people are doing it, there must be something to it! I have limited this list to post-WW2 knives, because the pre-war knives are so difficult to find nowadays. All the knives in this list are still being produced by the Heinrich Boker Baumwerk in Solingen, Germany. So if…


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…

The Shield Tells a Story - More on Estimating the Age of Boker Knives

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 19:30 41 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…


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 18:39 on November 26, 2018, Robin Peck said…

Not sure how many different manufacturers....those are not all my Solingen etc. stag...I have some new ones...and some I just forgot to put in the picture. In that photo, and off the top of my head I know there are 2 USA (KOA), 2 Canada (DH Russell/Grohmann), 5 Puma, and 10 various other Solingen...I'll look at them and put a list together soon. (still trying to figure out how to delete photos on my new page)

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 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!


At 9:47 on March 16, 2011, Mark Zalesky said…

Hi Ricky,

Thanks for your note and the suggestion on the Boker group. I'll have a look. I don't visit here very often as running KNIFE WORLD and traveling to the shows takes a ton of time, but I try to keep up with what's happening as best I can.


At 22:37 on March 6, 2011,
J. Mutz Knives

Hey Buddy,

   Yeah it's been awhile since I've been on AAPK. I've been flooded with knife orders which has kept me busy. There was also the Knife Expo 2011 here in So. Cal this weekend which kept me busy as well. I should be back on AAPK for an auction in a few weeks. Hope to see you there.


At 21:16 on February 15, 2011,
In Memoriam
Scott King

Hey Ricky

Thanks for joining our community. We have fun here sharing our collections and getting to know each other. I'm a Boker fan too- actually starting with Bokers when I got back into collecting as an adult. Here's the one that started it all off. The titanium Super liner :)

Glad you joined us and Welcome! Look forward to your participation. btw- check out the Boker Group here- see Groups on the main menu and scroll through them and you'll see it.



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