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EDC For CCW: Boker Plus Kwaiken Titanium Flipper

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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.

Image courtesy Boker

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.

Just sayin’.

 

 

Discussion

10 responses to ‘EDC For CCW: Boker Plus Kwaiken Titanium Flipper

      • Works well if your enemy is plastic and cardboard. I’d definitely be hesitant to do a quick jab, but I’ve done slow jabs into cardboard with no problem. Definitely not a defensive carry for me, but definitely fun once you get the hang of the flipper

  1. Any word on if there are updates to fix the problems with the blade coverage when the knife is closed? I bought (and later traded away) one of the earlier G10 versions, and actually cut myself on the belly of the blade while the knife was closed because of the open back design. The tip on the G10 version is also not well protected, and while I didn’t catch myself on it while the knife was closed, I could see it happening eventually.

    My experience with the G10 version was a shame, because I love the look and feel of the knife. If this new version fixed those problems, it would be an “instabuy” for me.

    • It does not. Both of mine still have the belly nearly flush with the scales. Luckily I have not cut myself with either yet. I think it can easily be solved with an extra 1mm of scale on the bottom

  2. For that blade style, the CRKT Hissatsu is probably a much better knife in every way. Yes I have one. It’s one of the 2 tacticool folders I own, the other being a Kershaw. The CRKT sharpens easily to an extremely sharp edge, has a great lock, really fast assisted opening and a well textured, very comfortable grip. It may appear to be bulky but I carry it clipped inside my waistband and its unobtrusive and comfortable to the point of having to check its still there at times. Always is of course because of the really good pocket clip. I want to like a lot if the Boker products but when Ive seen a lot of them up close or handled them I’ve been disappointed.

    • The Hissatsu is probably a lot better for defensive purposes because of the grip, but for standard EDC stuff I like the lines on the Boker (I haven’t handled the Hissatsu)

  3. I have a Burnley hand made custom kwaiken flipper I bought directly from Luc and it is an awesome knife. It’s too bad Boker can’t get their act together but I really am not surprised. The knife has (should have?) such precision and tight tolerances to it that I would think hand fitting would be a necessity for it. As for comparing it to a “tactical” knife that is pointless because that word may mean entirely different things for different needs. An undercover police officer does not have the same needs an Iraq based door kicker has. The idea is for them to have a knife that does not have a tactical or threatening appearance that screams “COP”.

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