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 Post subject: A new Boker line ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:04 am 
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I just got this knife from an ebay seller a few days ago. I inquired before buying it and was assured it was made in Germany.

It doesn't have anything on the tang stamp to indicate it's country of origin, although the shield does say "Germany".

Anyone have any info on this line of knives?

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 Post subject: Re: A new Boker line ?
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Looks like yours,Phil ???

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boker-Tree-Bran ... %26ps%3D54


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My best guess is it was "assembled" in Germany - probably from outsourced parts.
The scale jigging on most of those new "Traditional Series" knives look like they were done by the same folks who make the Magnums and Boker Plus. you know what that means.

You'll notice they don't have Solingen stamped on them anywhere - I'm guessin' there's a law about that somewheres...

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 Post subject: Re: A new Boker line ?
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Monk you nailed it. In fact that's the seller I got mine from for a "best offer" price of $26 plus shipping.

Blue, I too wonder if there's not some Asian connection on these knives. What does not seem to add up is that the assembly of the knife requires a fair amount of hands on labor and it just doesn't make sense that they would have the parts stamped out in China and then shipped back to Germany for assembly. Where would the cost savings be in doing that? I could see if it were done just the opposite, creating the parts in Germany then sending them to China for assembly by low wage workers.

By the way, the pins on the pile side are slightly proud, just enough to be felt when you run your finger tips over the handle, and there's a minor but visable grind mark left in the bone. I've not seen that sort of thing in any of the Solingen, Germany marked Bokers I own.

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 Post subject: Re: A new Boker line ?
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i bought 4 of them and had some small issues with them and contacted Boker and below is the response,I did contact the wholesaler because they were advertising country of origin as Germany and forwarded the below ,they refunded my money


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> You can send the bad knife to us at the address below with copies of these
> emails, and I will take care of it for you.
> The knives are hand finished in Germany from Chinese manufactured knives.
> All of the knives receive the same finish ing work as a Boker Germany knife.
>
> Terry Trahan
> Boker USA Product Specialist & Repair
> 1550 Balsam St
> Lakewood, CO 80214
> 1-800-992-6537 ext. 121
> repair@bokerusa.com


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"The knives are hand finished in Germany from Chinese manufactured knives.
All of the knives receive the same finish ing work as a Boker Germany knife."



Which can mean anything from putting the final polish on the knife to giving it a wipe down just before it's put in the box. Pardon my cynicism.

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 Post subject: Re: A new Boker line ?
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harder and harder to determine the country of origin,I aint bought a boker since ,scared they do all of their knives this way


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 Post subject: Re: A new Boker line ?
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I called and talked with Boker USA today. They confirmed what has allready been said in this thread. He told me that the Tang Stamp was what was important and if it says Solingen, its a purely German knife. I guess the shield is not always the clue. The Appaloosa series is an example.

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