This plain edge version of the Boker Magnum has a solid feel even though it’s only 3.5 ounces in weight. The machined aluminum handle gives it considerable strength, and the action is smooth and accurate. The top locking system uses a plunge lock button that won’t release until solidly pressed.
This tanto blade knife has enough straight edge to work well as a utility knife, but the tanto point is all tactical knife. The angled blade style was developed in Japan for penetrating heavy armor, though today the tactical versions serve mostly as emergency backup knives. The BO008 is the foundation of a popular automatic knife without the spring that powers the blade. The locking part still works ,and it’s a good knife even without the automatic opening feature.
The bead-blasted finish of the 3.25-inch, 420 high carbon stainless steel blade has a polished look, but without the tell-tale shine. With a folded length of 4.75 inches, the Boker Magnum rides inconspicuously in coat or pants pocket, kept in place by the handy stainless steel pocket clip.
Several companies offer after-market modifications of the Boker BO008 to fully automatic. Legal restrictions in the U.S. limit automatic knife use to specific professions. Civilians may carry the unmodified Boker Magnum Top Lock as a manual pocket folder.