Boker Stellar II

Halbie

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My latest mission was to find my wife a small, solid, dependable knife she could carry around legally, take on hiking trips, and still be "cute as a button". Oh, and don't spend more than $75. Good luck, eh?

And, I promise that this will be a much less controversial review than the one I posted the other day!

Well, I think I found it - the Boker Stellar II - which just arrived today. I spent just a tad over the limit, but it was well worth it. Not only does it fit the bill nicely, but the titanium handle is two-tone. And, it's shiny-shiny!

  • Blade Detail : Plain
  • Blade Length (inches) : 2.75
  • Blade Material : 440C
  • Handle Material : Titanium
  • Lock Style : Liner Lock
  • Overall Length (inches) : 6.75

This is not the knife I'll be taking into the back country, but after messing around with it for a while, I think I want one, too. I've had some concern about inexpensive Bokers I've seen recently - quality control issues, no doubt - but this was a pleasant surprise. Pictures are posted at the URL below and include a Mission MPF1 in one for a size comparison.

She's out right now, but I'm sure she'll love this classy little folder and get years of use out of it. I haven't bought a 440C blade in a long time - exotic seems to be the name of the game, these days - but I do look forward to it its initial use and sharpening.

One thing I'm not crazy about is the liner lock, but this has become standard for many Bokers (my Boker Infinity is a good example), and the thing locks up very tightly and securely. There is NO play when opened.

Overall, I'm impressed with the quality feel and initial blade sharpness, right out of the box. And, it really is "cute as a button", as far as knives go, I guess. Very cool, nonetheless.

Overall, I think the materials and quality of manufacture are very good. It feels good in the hand, very solid, and is easily carried anywhere. I think it will make a decent hiking knife, sort of, as long as I have something a bit more substantial strapped to my leg.

However, I'd rate its Terrorist De-animation Value (TDV) as next to nil. There are no grooves to control arterial spray and, quite frankly, these guys carry box cutters bigger than this. In a pinch, though, it may work on a very short terrorist or one who becomes mesmerized by it's pure cuteness and shininess.

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