Two beautiful and rare woods form the handle of this full width, full tang hunting and skinning blade from Boker of Germany. Shaped to match the stainless steel bolster and finger guard, two small slabs of Brazilian rosewood fill the forward section of the Elk Hunter’s bolster. Full length slabs of bird’s eye root wood complete the handle’s grip. Rivets are both brass and stainless steel, with a brass insert for the lanyard hole. This is a great-looking hunting knife, and it’ll look beautiful hanging on your hip in the accompanying plain leather sheath.
There’s more here than good looks, since the blank itself — 8.5 inches overall length — is high carbon 440C stainless steel, tough and easily sharpened. This Boker knife should work well for small game — anything you can dress out without splitting bone. For cleaving bone with knife and mallet, you’ll need a different knife even though the blade seems strong enough. A missed blow could knock loose the rosewood, which is placed to be more decorative than functional. Because of that, I wouldn’t try the roughest of chores, either dressing out big game or splitting kindling at camp with the Boker Elk Hunter. It’s a beautiful piece of work, and that rosewood bolster is too nice to mess up.
For chores within reason, it’s a great knife, comfortable to hold and well designed for accurate field dressing and light camp work. Be prepared to take good care of it.