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Ricky Ray replied to Ricky Ray's discussion The Boker Book is Here! in the group Boker Fans
"Thanks Mark, We're hoping this will build on your KNIFE WORLD article from 2009. I think every Boker knife collector in the world has that tang stamp chart posted by his computer! (including me) :)"
13 hours ago
Mark Zalesky replied to Ricky Ray's discussion The Boker Book is Here! in the group Boker Fans
"Congratulations, gentlemen! I look forward to sitting down in my easy chair with a copy of it in my hot little hands!"
22 hours ago
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"Clemson Tigers winning big against NC State :)"
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"Watching the Brewers win game six!"
Ricky Ray replied to Paul D Hunsinger's discussion Boker Damask Knives of the Year
"I can help with original MSRP, but not so much current sales price - if that would help. My general view is that almost any knife drops in value 40% the first year, and then begins to increase in value by about 3% each year thereafter, so that after…"
Oct 12
Ricky Ray replied to Charles Sample's discussion Bobcat in the group iKC Arsenal Hosted By Charles Sample
"I just picked up a night vision scope to try my luck on the coyotes around here. Last year was the first time in 20 years that the deer population actually DECREASED around here. The coyotes are the primary culprits."
Oct 12
Ricky Ray commented on Ricky Ray's status
"Will keep you posted Jan. My co-author Neal Punchard is doing the final editing as we speak. Should go to the printers before the end of the month!"
Oct 8
Ricky Ray posted a status
"The BOKER BOOK is coming soon!"
Oct 8
Ricky Ray commented on Jan Carter's event 'Blade Show **GA**'
"File this under WTH??!!! BLADE canceled KNIFE magazine's table reservation this year! Cheez."
May 30
Ricky Ray replied to Kevin's discussion Boker Knife identification in the group Boker Fans
"Around 1940-41, they added the USA underneath the BOKER stamp."
May 27
Ricky Ray replied to Kevin's discussion Boker Knife identification in the group Boker Fans
"If yours is the same as the knife in the catalog, it is pattern number 1428, and was made from the 1930s up until 1981. Of course during that time, it was made using various shields and many different handle materials: jigged bone, pearl, pyralin,…"
May 27
Ricky Ray replied to Kevin's discussion Boker Knife identification in the group Boker Fans
"That is a beauty Kevin. That tang stamp was used on US - made Boker knives in the 1930s."
May 27
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

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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?
6- 10 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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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 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…


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!


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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