TBS Boar Folding Lock Knife - Curly Birch - MkII
The Boar Folding Knife - There was such a natural progression for us by making a folding knife and we think we have done an excellent job with the Boar. It has some great qualities and is a perfect carry for anyone that doesn't want a full size fixed blade knife.
There is a choice of Steels used in these knives, you can either have K720 High Carbon Tool Steel or N695 Stainless Steel.
High Grade Bohler K720 High Carbon Tool steel is one of the toughest steels out there and is used widely to make high precision tools that need to stand up to some serious punishment.
High Grade Bohler N695 Stainless steel which has a high hardness and great wear resistance and is one of Bohlers premium stainless steels. We have decided to make a variant of our knives in this steel as, after quite some testing, we have found that it performs extremely well.
It has a higher Carbon content that many other stainless steels which means it holds an edge longer and can be tempered to the same degree as Carbon Steels. This particular steel actually has a higher content than many High Carbon Tool Steels. This makes it perform with pretty much all the benefits of Carbon Steel with the added bonus of great corrosion resistance.
We have deliberately selected very high quality steels for our knives, it may make them more expensive but it is something we weren't prepared to compromise with.
It is handled in a choice of materials - Super Grade Curly Birch, Turkish Walnut or Natural (brown) Micarta which are all great materials for the task as they not only look great they are VERY easy to maintain. The handles are also wonderfully ergonomic and full size which is rare in this type of knife. They fit the hand perfectly for hours of hard work. Please bear in mind that every wooden handled knife will be different. We select top quality woods for all of our products and figuring will vary from product to product
Our knife range is manufactured from high quality European materials by a top, well, known, European manufacturer in small batches; they are NOT churned out in their thousands in a factory in the Far East. This allows us to have ultimate control over quality and materials and we are extremely happy with the results. All models of knife will be logoed with the Boars Head.
- K720 Carbon Toolsteel - 3mm thick OR
- N695 Stainless Steel
- 95mm (3 3/4")length blade
- 120mm (4 3/4") length handle
- Super Grade Curly Birch (Other handled models available)
- TBS Leather Pouch option
- Lifetime Guarantee against any defect in manufacturing, material and workmanship.
- More information on materials and construction (click here)
A good knife soft wood scales let it down lanyard hole needs to be bigger especially for operating in sub zero temps fumbling around in the cold trying to thread your lanyard is hard on your fingers you could do with some ridges being filed into the top of the blade stops your finger sliding off when working the knife plus a 50 mm rule echd into the top of the blade for navigation purposes a good knife we can talk about other points another time all in all I like the knife I like the style
I have had a high carbon steel, curly birch Boar folding lock knife for a couple of years now and it has proved a brilliant general purpose knife that can be taken anywhere - razor sharp and well made. As promised the initial stiffness in the opening mechanism has eased up over time allowing one hand opening, which is great. I have just returned from a month in California, camping in national and state forests and cooking on open fires (all forest park campsites have steel fire pits and provide wood, even in dry conditions - unlike most wet British campsites where you are lucky if you are allowed a barbecue!). I used the Boar daily for food preparation as well as wood work and it was fine but of course the blade reacts to some food, particularly fruit veg, and discolours, so I obviously needed a stainless steel blade with a micarta handle didn't I? Well it has just arrived and it looks and feels superb. It has the same heavy, quality feel as my curly birch/carbon steel, is razor sharp and the natural micarta scales look beautiful. I saw a lot of knives in the States from a few dollars to several thousand and can honestly say that nothing compared with the quality of the Boar for even several times the price. So now I have two - lucky me! (and thanks to TBS for producing such a high quality tool at such an affordable price).
Lovely knife! Easy to open and close, I've had no issues with the liner lock. When open there is zero blade play either vertically or horizontally so the tolerances must be tight! Incredibly sharp out the box too, not sure what else you could ask for.
The Bushcraft Store's Reply to RDC's Review: "I agree, the locking mechanisms can be a little stiff and awkward to use to begin with but with a little use they become easier. It is because the knife is made to such high tolerances, my personal knife is an absolute breeze to use now as it has "worn in", so to speak. We could have added a more expensive belt pouch but we were very concious to keep the overall cost a little lower than a Helle product even though, we believe, our product is better. The equivalent Helle product doesn't come with a belt pouch at all and our pouch is very good and serviceable"