Brazilian designer Gustavo Cecchini draws up some profoundly futuristic knives. All of his edged creations seem imported from the 26th century, and his Boker+ ‘Federal’ looks like it came from Commander Shepard’s N7 combat armor. Thanks to Nathan, I just got my hands on one…
This $150 folder sports a titanium frame with carbon-fiber inlays, dual caged ball bearings, futuristic looks, a folding pocket clip and a vault-solid lockup. What it doesn’t have is a high-end steel blade, hand-massaging ergonomics, or or ‘Made In Solingen’ credentials.
The blade is 440C (HRC 58) and the whole knife is made in China. At this price these could definitely be a deal-breaker, although it’s worth noting that this Federal (SN#0643) doesn’t exhibit any of the QC problems that some of Boker’s Chinese-made knives have recently suffered from.
The Federal’s blade is perfectly centered, the carbon-fiber inlays don’t give you splinters, and the lockup is as solid as Eddie Griffin’s Undercover Brother. The pivot was a little rough until I disassembled it and cleaned it out; now it’s buttery-slick. And kudos to Boker for including a double-headed takedown wrench, by the way.
I haven’t started cutting stuff up with the Federal yet. I’ll get around to it, but it’s at the back of the line behind the SOG Seal Pup and the Cold Steel Kobun tanto.
I can see already that the Federal isn’t the world’s most practical EDC knife, and should possibly be considered on its merits as a collectible as well. It’s a production-run interpretation of GTC’s own custom Federal H/C, but only costs about 1/10th what the original does.