Boker Plus is about to start shipping an elegant redesign of their Kwaiken folder. The redesign adds titanium scales and a flipper opener, and the result is this exceedingly sleek and slim EDC folder.
The first Boker Kwaiken folder was a collaboration with designer Lucas Burnley, who worked with Boker to turn his successful fixed-blade Kwaiken into a slim EDC folder. The flipper shown here replaces the traditional Boker thumb-disk opening mechanism, for quicker ambidextrous opening.
Titanium ain’t cheap: MSRP for the new Kwaiken Ti flipper is about $190, which is nearly twice the street price for the first G-10 scaled Kwaiken. Once it starts to ship in quantity, the street price will be somewhat lower. This is a nice-looking knife, but astute readers might ask whether these are realistic prices for a Taiwanese-made knife with an AUS-8 steel blade.
I haven’t reviewed either of them and I have no dog in this fight, but Ken Onion’s CRKT Swindle is another slim, sleek EDC knife with street prices below $50 depending on your choice of steel and handle profile.