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My Cyber Monday purchases arrived.

I put considerable time and effort into bringing you the best one-stop source for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale listings. I know there is a ton of stuff I missed, but did manage to find some good deals along the way. One that particularly jumped out at me was the $29.99 Boker Plus Kalashnikov auto deal from BladeHQ. So good in fact, I bought 2. One reverse-tanto/wharncliffe and one dagger-point.

Since they were giving away free shemaghs with purchases over $75 and I had been wanting to compare one to the Helle Mandra I recently reviewed, I dropped $22.95 more on a Mora Eldris to put me over the threshold. 3 blades and a shemagh for $83, hard to beat that.

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I like a wharncliffe blade for EDC tasks.

 

I will do a formal First Impression review of the Kalashnikovs soon, but I will say their action is much crisper than the Gerber Propel which was the sum total of my auto experience prior to this. I prefer the Wharncliffe as an EDC blade shape, but I look forward to comparing how the otherwise identical knives perform.

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Clean cut

I am actually quite impressed with the Eldris. While I have only been playing with it for a short time, I think I am going like this little blade even more than the Mandra. I used it to cut up some kielbasa for tonight’s dinner, even skinning a couple of pieces for Thing 2 (he won’t eat the casing).

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The Eldris removed the casing fairly cleanly from a couple of pieces of kielbasa,

Not the most difficult substrate in which to test a blade, but the Eldris cut cleanly, and didn’t pull on the meat or fat, nor get caught in the casing. A bias-slice is about as crisp as one could hope for with any blade.

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My cuts are biased, but I try not to be.

While I will be writing about this knife much more, I can confidently state that this would be an excellent first “real” knife for a child. The non-slip grip is suitably chunky, and the blade is a manageable size with which to learn. I am going to pick up 2 more to drop in the kids’ stockings for Christmas. They are both ready to own their first knife.

Discussion

11 responses to ‘My Cyber Monday purchases arrived.

  1. In my experience, Benchmade makes the best production-level autos available. The Bokers are, well, Boker+. Comparing a Chinese Boker to a German Boker is painful. That said, while a wildland firefighter, a couple guys did pick up Kalashnikovs, simply because they were cheap, and the names “Boker” and “Kalashnikov” inspired confidence. Never saw one fail, but neither has my second-hand Benchmade AFO (which came as part of a lot, which cost less than either of your Bokers with shipping included, which paid for itself when I sold a co-worker a like-new Gerber folder (part of same lot) for half retail).

    If I ever get around to cleaning, oiling, sharpening, and selling the SOG Twitch II that was also included, I’ll have made a nice profit.

      • Ok, so the Republic of China, rather than the People’s Republic of China. My point still stands on the ocean of quality separating the Solingen Bokers from their overseas brethren being quite a wide one. I’ll mention I have no experience with the Argentinian models, and I’m willing to give them a chance.

        Like I said, knew a couple guys who had them (Kalashnikovs, that is), and they never complained. I look forward to seeing how they hold up to a more structured test.

  2. The mini Mora is SO cute, but cant help feeling another 3/4″ on the blade would help its usefulness. Looking forward to your review

      • But SHIPPING them federally is not legal unless you fall under an exception, which is why BladeHQ requires that a buyer ‘check’ and ‘sign’ that they are one of the below before shipping:

        “(1) to civilian or Armed Forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the Federal Government ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of the Federal Government; (2) to supply or procurement officers of the National Guard, the Air National guard, or militia of a state, territory or the District of Columbia ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in the connection with the activities of such organization; (3) to supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of any State or Territory, or any county, city or other political subdivision of a State or Territory; procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such government. (4) to manufacturers of such knives or bona fide dealers therein in connection with any shipment made pursuant of an order from any person designated in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3).”

        (of course it’s illegal to ship, not receive, so someone can ‘check’ whatever box they want as far as I can tell)

  3. And having ordered a Boker and a Schrade myself for the same deal I’d have to say I’m a bit underwhelmed by both automatics compared to my regular old assisted-opening knife. The Schrade’s opening mechanism can easily be jammed by the retraction lever if you’re not holding it just right and especially if you’re holding it lefty- like if your gun hand is indisposed due to, say, pistol retention issues (I bought it to keep in a left-side pocket for that reason should I end up having to fight for my gun). And if that retraction lever gets snagged somewhere it’s not easy to manually push the blade out with it… I wouldn’t want to try it under pressure.

    The Boker’s single button that both releases and unlocks the blade is simple but often difficult to fully press… again, if you don’t have it just right (which means it’s particularly hard if you’re doing it left). I guess this is to avoid accidental opening but if I’m buying a switchblade it’s because I think I might need to deploy a blade quickly, probably with an off-hand.

    So, both are neat little toys (especially the out-the-front Schrade for the cool factor) and I may carry one if I can get very used to it but so far I bet my trusty Gerber ‘fast draw knife’ (which opens about as quick as an auto anyway and is a downright steal in my book) will still end up as my normal carry pocket knife. I’m guessing that’s the downside of getting auto-knives under $50.

  4. I find the kershaw launch for 80 to 100 bucks to be the best deal in autos i can find. U can get high end steel (when u pay a little more for the upgrade) and made in usa for a hundo. I like the launch 3 best….

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