Well guys, I finally moved out of California. I’m typing this from my apartment at University of Wyoming in Laramie. On my way out here I made a pilgrimage to
Mecca Blade HQ, as I promised in my last article. I’ve been a kid in a candy store before, but a trip to Blade HQ was way better than that ever was.
As promised, I checked out some Bokers. I was really interested in the Federal after seeing Jim Skelton’s video on the custom version. I heard 2 days after that that Boker was making a production version of it. When the employee helping me brought out the first one, it had an incredibly sticky lock. This was the exact reason I wanted to handle in person before buying one. The second one was a lot better, but it still sticks from time to time. The sticky lock can be fixed by sanding off just a very little bit from the lock face. However there is one little problem: IKBS. I was just taking mine apart to do this and got lucky that I didn’t spill bearings all over.
That brings me to my next point: it is not as smooth as an IKBS knife should be. My other two knives with IKBS are incredibly smooth, but this one was so gritty out of box that I didn’t want to flip it because of the grinding sound it made. I oiled it up a bit and it was better, but one day later it needed more oil. It was kind of disappointing.
That brings me to the clip. It is too damn small and tight. I could barely get it over the lip of my jeans pocket. I’m not afraid of it falling out, it’s just a pain in the ass. It is awkward to slip in and out and doesn’t offer anything over a standard clip other than not being pushed into your hand when hard cutting (which I have never had an issue with). It is probably suited for dress pants. I think I’m going to sell this one.
This is the Boker Kwaiken. Let me just say that this is a great knife. This is the Blade HQ version with orange G10 and an enlarged thumb disk, which can still be a little tricky to deploy. This blade is full of sexiness, not only when deployed but also when closed. The blade disappears completely into the handle. It also has IKBS and, unlike the GTC, is actually smooth. I have high hopes for this knife.
And finally, the ProTech TR-3. This is my first ‘free’ knife. I couldn’t buy this in California because it is an automatic… and over 2 inches. (You can have automatics under 2 inches, and non-autos over 2 inches. California makes no sense). This knife is amazing. It fires with authority and a loud snap when it locks. Mine has an all-aluminum body and a blade of D2 tool steel, which I have no experience with. Again, I have high hopes for this blade.
You guys will never guess who walked in while I was there: Nutnfancy! I know many people hate him because he is cocky and is set in his ways, but his were some of the first knife videos I watched that really kicked off my addiction. (Ed: me too.) I don’t watch his knife videos much anymore, mostly because I hardly watch any videos on production knives.
I’m mostly in it for the adventure videos now, but it was still cool to see him. And we were both carrying Enduras.
(I figured there might be a chance I’d see him so I wore my TNP shirt).