Today I’ll be review a new slip joint folder
from Boker called the slack. Or as Jason Statham might say… BOW-KUH.
The Boker Plus slack is a lightweight pocket
knife… a traditional style that has a useful blade size and is light in the pocket. As
evidenced by the dimensions like the overall weight and length. The blade size and cutting
edge… very usable… The handle size and grip area… not too small..
the the handle thickness and weight.
Since this is a traditional knife… that’s code for no pocket clip and non locking. But
let’s start with the blade made from VG-10 steel… VG10 steel as you know is a steel
a lot of knife guys have moved on from… but I still like. It works great a a slightly
hard steel found in Spyderco knives like the endura 4 or delica 4 which are popular and
affordable. I like VG10 and it sharpens easily for me, and the horizontal brushed
satin finish is subtle but slightly unusual. The blade shape is a clip point, and the
grind looks to be a flat grind… it’s entirely possible it’s a subtle hollow grind but I
don’t see the concave shape. The blade length on this is adequate for most EDC tasks like
cardboard fisticuffs food prep. The blade has some logos on it denoting it’s in fact
a Boker Plus, blade steel, and it’s a Raphael Durand design. He’s a french dude that makes
knives. This knife is manufactured in Taiwan.
The handle… now I know it’s not talked about much, because there’s not much of a way around
it… but pocket clips always hurt ergonomics. Since this has no pocket clip, the thin
longer than you’d expect handle fits comfortably in my hand. I can get a nice tight grip
around the G10 scales without finger crowding. It’s a compact knife, but it also has the
functionality of a larger blade. The G10 scales are smooth and lightly textured but not slick…
the liner is nested and skeletonized… to make the handle slim in overall thickness
and light. It has a lanyard hole in the back, has a closed back design and comes with
a small leather pouch. Now the absence of a pocket clip means this blade isn’t for
everyone- I see it being popular for people who need a light duty functional knife.. for
places that have worser knife laws… for people not in the jungle baby. I would have
liked to see a clip on the pouch though… that way it could fit in a pocket vertically,
and not fall to the bottom horizontally.
Which brings me to the deployment. Now if you have old pocket knives, you know they’re
functional tools and not fidget toys like most modern fast deploying tactical survival
self defense urban warfare rambo fighting things. This knife can not be deployed or
put away with a single hand. So let’s cover deployment in the only way I’ve really found.
First you have the knife… opening it is easy, one hand on the handle and pull out
the blade. Even without a thumb knick you can do it easily. Cool… putting away is
tricky. I handed the knife to a coworker and he was like…. I’m scared. While the
blade doesn’t lock… when open it’s held into place tightly…you hold the handle without
having your fingers in the way of closing… apply a good amount of pressure to the front
2/3 of the blade… not the clip point tip… and it breaks once… then there’s a second
much easier break and you close it the rest of the way. Blade retention when closed
is excellent as you might assume with the very deliberate way you have to close the
knife. I will assume the reason the blade is so firm when it’s open it to fucntion sort
of like a locking blade but without being one. I’d be lying if I’d say the clip point
didn’t bite me a few times when closing the blade.
Ok let’s wrap it up, while I cut boxes,
from all the crap I’ve been getting lately. This is an interesting folder… judging
from Mr. Durands website, he’s a fan of traditional functional tools and not ridiculous tactical
weaponry. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. You’re like wrong with which
one. This is a knife older european men, with excellent hand strength might appreciate
best. It has excellent ergonomics when using… a long functional edge, good blade steel…
and it looks slick. But it requires a deliberate thought process when closing the blade. Boker
provided a reduced cost sample for me to review… so thanks to them. And if I’m not mistaken
and I often am, this is the first review anywhere of the knife. If you like this review and
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