I know that it has been out for a while. but the Boker War Toad just recently came onto my radar. Frankly, I am not sure what to think of this unique little blade.
For one thing, I have zero experience with friction folders. Lacking either a spring or locking mechanism, these knives rely on the pressure of the scales when closed, and the grasping of the tang against the handle when open. It is a design that dates back to Roman times, and the Svord Peasant Knife in particular seems to have a very devoted following.
Boker’s War Toad is a homely little thing. With its stubby, 2″ chisel blade, I am not entirely sure what I would use it for. Boker calls it a “tactical friction folder”, as though that term (tactical) has any real meaning. As knife designer and retired Green Beret Kim Breed likes to say. “If it is you and me and all I have is a stick, it is a tactical stick”.
I suppose I can see how the grip would be fairly solid in the hand, and it would serve as a supplement to a punch more than a stabbing blade. The tang is also filed to a possibly useful chisel point. I really can’t think of a situation where I would find the combination of blade and tang shape would be the tools I am looking for.
I have other issues with this knife. The scales are high-end titanium and G10, but the blade is 440C. I would have expected something better for the $130 MSRP (however, if you want to buy one Blade HQ has them on sale for $94.99 at the moment). Also, while the knife has a clip, Boker specifically says this is for attaching to equipment and not to be used on a pocket lest the blade fall open.
As I mentioned, friction folders are an old design that still has a modern following. I just can’t say I am sold on the concept.
What are your thoughts on friction folders in general, and the War Toad in particular?