[Editor’s Note: When you pay big bucks for a big-brand knife that turns out to feel flimsy and cheap, you’re entitled to a little rant.]
I’ve noticed many videos on YouTube that focus on the problems with their Bokers. It’s sad, especially with the crap-load of collaborations they have been doing. The Epicenter, the Manaro, the Federal that was just posted, the S2, the Nano (you have seen mine), they are all collaborations. I’m glad that they do these collaborations. They give the normal people, like me, a chance to handle excellent designs from excellent craftsmen.
These knives come from the Boker Plus line, which is their mid-range line. The Boker line is made in Germany and is top-quality. The Plus line is made in the “Far East” and, well, can be better. The Magnum line is their low-end line.
The only bad thing is the spotty quality control coming out of Boker. ‘Lock Rock’ and sticky locks have plagued the titanium framelock collaborations. What I want to know is why a large, well-known company is having these QC problems? I do not think that the Made in China label should be a factor. Spyderco doesn’t have these issues. Kershaw doesn’t have these issues. Benchmade didn’t have these issues when they had their red line. Being from China should not mean that it is crap. Why, in this day and age of mechanical awesomeness, are these problems persisting? Have they not seen the countless videos on YouTube? Do they not know the power of Social Media?
If I was a custom knife maker I would not collaborate with Boker until they get these problems sorted out. I would not want my name associated with this quality of work.
And another quick tangent: why 440C? Can’t you bump it up to VG-10 for little extra cost?
I really want to buy these knives, but I’d like to inspect them first. I’ll probably pick up the Federal when I stop by Blade HQ in a couple weeks.