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Ricky Ray replied to Stephanie Parker's discussion Searching for info
"That is a PRESTO knife made by George Schrade company. It was awarded a patent Jan 30, 1940 if I am reading the tang stamp correctly. IIRC, the patent had something to do with the guards built into the bolster. George Schrade was purchased by Boker…"
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Ricky Ray replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"Haha, if Roger Russell says it, that's good enough for me! When it comes to pre-war Bokers, he is as real as it gets."
Thursday
D ale replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"Ricky, Marking a "2cnd" rarely requires elimination of an entire stamp. Others are merely "marked" as seconds. For instance .. Daniels Family Queen's 2cnds were etched "EDC" on the blade .. A.G. Russell placed an…"
Thursday
Ricky Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion With the holidays looming, whats on your wish list?
"Not that I'm on the "Good" list, but here goes anyway! RE-NEW my KNIFE magazine subscription (I'm sure it's coming up) iKnifeCollector 2019 Calendar (got it early!) A Maher and Grosh Boys Knife would look good in my pocket A…"
Nov 15
Ricky Ray posted a status
"Got my new iKnifeCollector calendar today! Come on 2019!"
Nov 14
Ricky Ray commented on Jeremy B. Buchanan's photo
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Another project

"That's a good looking old lathe. Are you going to keep the overhead belt drive, or mount a new electric motor?"
Nov 14
Jan Carter replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"One of the first hooks for me in knife collecting was different tangs and different shields on the same style knife.  I am a tang stamp junkie even today!"
Nov 14
Roger Russell replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"Yep. The tree is still on this one. "
Nov 14
Ricky Ray replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"Aha! And the Tree still remains? Perhaps it is a factory second after all! Thanks for sharing that!"
Nov 13
Roger Russell replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"Hey Ricky,   I have some factory seconds, though this is the only picture of one that I can find at the moment. None of the ones I own or have seen have ever had the tree stamp ground off though. Also, I have never heard of people actually…"
Nov 13
Ricky Ray replied to Ricky Ray's discussion Sometimes I buy them just for the tang stamp... in the group Boker Fans
"Just wanted to add: I know sometimes knife companies will grind away their logo on knives with manufacturing defects, but I think if that were the case, Boker would have eliminated the TREE stamp also."
Nov 13
Ricky Ray replied to Dennis Hibar's discussion My 2018 Christmas Giveaway ... Now Underway!
"Oh my gosh Dennis, those knives are awesome!"
Nov 13
Ricky Ray replied to Andrew Khabenskii's discussion Kershaw knives
"I have about a dozen Kershaw knives. I think they are excellent knives at a great price. I don't really collect them, but I carry one in my pocket quite often. Mostly the Ken Onion designs with spring assist. (Leek, Chive, Scallion) I have the…"
Nov 6
Ricky Ray commented on Geoff Croucher's photo
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Henry Boker fixed blade

"I've also seen examples of this same knife made by Hoffritz and Othello during the 1950s!"
Nov 5
Ricky Ray commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Geoff Croucher, WELCOME to the BOKER Fans Group!"
Nov 4
Ricky Ray commented on Geoff Croucher's photo
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Henry Boker fixed blade

"Here's mine made by Freidrich Plucker - Solingen, 1950s."
Nov 4

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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?
6- 10 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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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 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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