Boker designed the original Automat Kalashnikov knife to resemble the clean engineering of the namesake Russian military rifle. This new version keeps to the same specs but replaces the textured handle grips with inlaid strips of cocobolo hardwood. Black anodizing of the blade and 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum handle gives this new version of the Kalashnikov 47 knife the hard look of a military gunstock.
Five inches in closed length, the Automat Kalashnikov knife was designed for pocket carry and one-handed opening. A stainless steel pocket clip keeps the knife in place and in reach without need for a sheath. The thumb stud at the base of the blade and the precise action of the swivel bearing allows the blade to lock in the open position with an easy push of the thumb. Once locked, the four blade has the solid feel of a good fixed blade, built more like a hunting knife than a pocket blade.
Styling includes a blood groove more decorative than useful, reminiscent of the Kalashnikov’s bayonet and not contributing to the function of this modern folder. The plain edge blade is hollow ground and razor sharp, with an un-sharpened top bevel on the spear point of the blade. The 440C high carbon stainless steel holds an edge well and stands up to rough use without corrosion problems. Keep the knife clean to ensure fast and reliable opening. A drop of light machine oil on the bearing now and then helps.
Boker’s lifetime guarantee doesn’t cover broken blades more than a year past the purchase date. Any reworking of the knife to install spring-assisted opening kits voids the warranty completely.