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Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion Do you have the luck of the Irish?
"Well BLARNEY. I just watched a re-run of John Wayne in THE QUIET MAN, and I started a new job working with an IRISH company. This is my week!"
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"Great article on the KEPHART knife by Mark Zalesky in this month's KNIFE magazine"
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Jan 18
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Good news, Boker fans! The 2019 Boker catalog is out, and features the limited edition 150th anniversary knives! They are all made with green stabilized curly maple handles, semi satin blades, with two tone etching. All limited to 150 pieces…"
Jan 15
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"Sorry to see this. Glad no one was hurt. Get back on that horse soon, BHK!"
Jan 12
Ricky Ray replied to Art Cooper's discussion Franklin Mint 1989 Knife Collection Made by Boker in the group Boker Fans
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Ricky Ray replied to Art Cooper's discussion Franklin Mint 1989 Knife Collection Made by Boker in the group Boker Fans
Jan 12
Ricky Ray replied to Art Cooper's discussion Franklin Mint 1989 Knife Collection Made by Boker in the group Boker Fans
"When new, this set also came with a pamphlet describing each knife in the set. I recently acquired one of the pamphlets. It is at my other house, but I will retrieve it tomorrow and scan it for all to see. It does not contain pricing information,…"
Jan 11
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion Our 2018 Christmas contest starts NOW!
"Attaboy TROY! Good on ya! And thanks to iKnife Collector and Kifer Cutlery Classics for the opportunity."
Jan 2
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion A Farewell to 2018
"Goodbye 2018... Happy new year to all! Wishing everyone a 2019 filled with people and things that bring you peace, comfort, and great joy!"
Jan 1
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion Our 2018 Christmas contest starts NOW!
"Kifer has some nice GECs! Here's my latest sharp & shiny toy."
Dec 25, 2018
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion Christmas Thoughts
"Merry Christmas All. As Tiny Tim said, "God bless us, every one!""
Dec 24, 2018
Roger Russell commented on Ricky Ray's blog post The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives! (Look! I made a Top Five list!)
"Nice knife Ricky! You are right, the Integral & Savannah are very similar. I've seen the Integral in stag and I think micarta, in addition to the amboina wood handled one that I posted. I also think either of these knives would look great…"
Dec 23, 2018
Ricky Ray commented on Ricky Ray's blog post The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives! (Look! I made a Top Five list!)
"Beautiful knives Roger. Honestly, it was a tossup for me between the INTEGRAL and the SAVANNAH. They are both of similar construction, and both built really well! Here's a pic of the Savannah in stag."
Dec 23, 2018
Roger Russell commented on Ricky Ray's blog post The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives! (Look! I made a Top Five list!)
"Hey Ricky, that's an impressive list! As you know, I usually only collect the old H. Bokers, though I do have a few recent production knives that all happen to be fixed blades. One is a Bowie, one's an integral hunter and one's a…"
Dec 22, 2018
Roger Russell commented on Ricky Ray's blog post The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives! (Look! I made a Top Five list!)
"That's an impressive list Ricky! Though I usually only collect the old stuff, I do have some "newer" Boker fixed blades and they are the only recent production Bokers that I own. One is a Bowie, one's an integral hunter and one…"
Dec 22, 2018

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User/Collector
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
I was invited by Scott King
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
Yes
How long have you collected knives?
11- 15 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Boker, of course
W.R. Case
Bark River
Website
http://TheBokerBook.com
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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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…

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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 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!

Mark

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.

Mark

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

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.

Jeff

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

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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