Now it’s no secret that I carry a knife with me at all times. Aside from being an Eagle Scout, there are several good reasons why I carry a knife. While having an obvious use in self defense, it also functions as a great tool to have in everyday situations as well as unexpected survival ordeals.
Pocket knives are great as tools and in some cases, self defense weapons, but let’s focus on the self defense part of that function for a while now. You’re cornered, you’ve got one shot at dealing with your attacker before he deals with you and he doesn’t know you have a knife. How long does it take to fold out a normal knife? No more than two seconds, right? Well, in that two seconds, you could be well on your way to being six feet under after your attacker figures out what’s going on. So how do you lower the time it takes to open your knife?
Now we discuss a device that is called an “auto knife.” Sitting squarely halfway between a normal knife and a switchblade, the auto knife is a perfect compromise between combat effectiveness and everyday utility.
Imagine a pocket knife with a button on it that opens it almost instantly. It still opens and locks the same way, it just does it with a spring action. There are two forms of these knives, one is powered by a spring and can only open uisng the spring action (legal in only a few states and to those with an active military ID) and the kind that are powered with a torsion bar (legal in most states and for sale to the general public).
The Boker Plus Action 2 is the latter kind.
Let’s start with the basics. It costs 50USD, has a blade length of 3.25″ (legally not a deadly weapon) with an overall open length of 7.75″ and comes in two color schemes (Black Epoxy blade/satin sand; satin gray and black). The blade is partially serrated with a drop point and is made of AUS-8 stainless. The handle has rubber grip inserts and the frame is made of EDP coated 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum. Dual functionality (normal and automatic opening) with a linear locking mechanism, hidden opening switch and red dot safety.
Now that’s all fine and dandy, but what you really want to know is how does it do as an everyday pocket knife.
I’ve had this knife for a little more than a year now and I can attest to it’s remarkable performance. I carry it almost everywhere I go in my back pocket and it is the perfect knife for doing so. It’s profile is right in the sweet spot of not being too thin and therefor, difficult to hold, but not being pointlessly bulky. The dual opening action means that you don’t have to scare your friends or the general public when you just need to open a box or something of that sort, but you have the option of an automatic opening when you need it (for example, when you only have one hand available to operate the knife) or if you just want to show off.
And show off you will. This knife is a real looker. The black blade with silver text certainly will turn heads. I’m particularly fond of the gray/dark sand finish on the handle. It’s a unique color for a knife that is understated, classy and interesting without appearing to be without function. Its design is also very modern and European in style. You can definitely see the German influence Boker put into its form.
This knife is also equipped with a “tip up” belt clip which hooks to the edge of my back pocket to keep the knife easily accessible. This keeps the knife’s center of gravity lower than the clip being used to support it, so it feels like it’s hanging from the clip rather than being pinched onto your belt by the clip.
The handle has a very comfortable curve to it without any complicated extra nooks or crannies to help you grip it, it just fits your hand very well. Both upright and inverted, the knife feels solid in your hand and thumb support is suburb in both positions.
The spring action in this knife is a little hard to get used to, especially considering the location of the release button. The spring, however, is quite powerful and gives a smooth and satisfying pop when you open it. Some people who have borrowed my knife have complained about it almost slipping out of their hand during the opening operation. However, I have concluded that I should not hang out with these friends anymore because they aren’t manly enough for this knife.
This knife then, overall, is a good choice if you’re looking for something both different from your run of the mill pocket knife and something with a high degree of functionality. It’s easy on the eyes and carries a feeling of German design that you normally see in their automobiles. It’s a little pricey for many people, and it’s especially not a good knife for those prone to losing knives. It may also be illegal in some places, so do be sure you check into that before you buy this knife. Otherwise, you can look forward to many years of service from this very well made knife.