Steel: simple answer - Boker's steel compares fairly well with Case's CV.
Overall: Inexpensive, well made, and not so well finished that you'd be afraid to mark it up a little.
I have several Case slipjoints in CV, with 20deg. edges on most. The Case CV takes a finer edge than the Boker and holds the edge a little longer; at 20deg., the Boker takes a 'toothier' edge. They'll both slice through paper easily, and the cuts look just as clean, but the I can feel a little more resistance when cutting with the Boker. The Boker seems to cut rope and fibrous materials a little easier than the Case, but like I said, it will dull a little sooner. Case CV, when sharpened right, cuts like a laser. (I know, I'm preaching to the choir here.)
Here's the one Smoky - er, Elliott ( ) sent to me (along with my son's Case jr.):
Other comparisons: The Boker is "boxy", the handle lines & angles are more acute than the Case, which is more rounded. The Boker is great with gloves (ie :yardwork) as the handle sits very firmly in your hand and does NOT move side to side. (The Case tends to 'roll' a little, so I like it better without gloves.) I softened the Bokers' handle profile down a little with emery cloth, so my wife could use it more comfortably without gloves.
The Boker is 4-5/8" long closed, so it's not really pocketable, unless you wear overalls; it does fit perfectly in a Buck 110-sized sheath, so that's an option.
thx - cpr
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