This hunter skinner knife from Boker of Germany will need more upkeep than blades with higher grades of steel. Made with 440A, the knife could be an excellent choice for fisherman, especially those who go after saltwater prey. One of the most corrosion resistant stainless steels, this alloy will need frequent attention if you want a truly sharp edge.
The simple design of the blade, ground from a single piece of high carbon stainless steel, matches two slabs of natural stag antler to the full tang for a traditionally comfortable and slip resistant grip. With the generous blade length of 4-3/4 inches and a full length of 9-1/4 inches, it’s enough knife for full-sized jobs and not limited to small fish and game. Boker provides a good quality belt sheath, and the knife will look great riding on your hip.
Despite the good looks, the knife has some potential problems. There’s no true bolster, only a dropped portion of the knife blank itself. With no protection at the front, the handle slabs will take a lot of abuse if you use the knife roughly, and the pinned construction may not hold up. As a skinner it makes good sense, but don’t consider it bulletproof.
The knife is protected by a lifetime warranty, but cracked or broken handle scales are not covered, and that’s the most likely problem with the Boker Arbolito.
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