03 February 2014

Review-Boker Kwaiken Burnley Knife

  Size comparison
Size comparison
  Short sturdy clip
Short sturdy clip
  Striking pommel
Striking pommel
Bank vault lockup
After meeting Lucas Burnley several years ago while sharing a table with Tom Krein next to him at the Blade Show, I had a quick affection for all of his designs, but the one that I enjoyed the most was his Kwaiken fixed blade. Even at that time I thought to myself that it would me an amazing folder, but in reality I never thought it would happen. This became a reality when he teamed up with the folks at Boker. The result was the Boker Kwaiken Burnley Knife.

The first word that came to my mind when I picked up the Kwaiken was "stout". At an overall length of 8.375 inches and a blade of 3.50 inches, and a weight of 4.27 ounces (for comparison the Spyderco Endura is 3.67 ounces), weight in the hand feels like a roll of quarters, but in a much slimmer package. The trailing point blade is excellent for all your EDC chores. If I had to look at the blade and say slash or stab in reference to self-defense use, my first reaction would be stab.  It would be no slouch at slashing either, but the sleekness of the blade just lends itself to ice picking.  The black snaps open like a bank vault, something I usually only notice on larger, heavier folders.  The alignment of the lock as pictured appears near perfect.

Opposite the blade is my favorite part of the knife, the pommel. It is prominent and obvious. In a self-defense situation, a shot to the head with this would probably stop an attack faster than a stab to the heart. This means less blood on you and would be less lethal than a stab. All in all just an excellent fist load. The beautiful green micarta scales protecting the AUS 8 blade seem to be darkening up a bit from the natural oils of my hand. The scales are elegant and not abrasive without being slippery.

The only thing that would make the Boker Kwaiken Burnley Knife better would be the availability of a trainer. Boker are you listening. At a ballpark price of $96, I find this knife to be a lot of knife for the money. If you are looking for a slim powerhouse EDC folder, this is it.

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