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TBS Boar Folding Lock Knife - Curly Birch - MkII

TBS Boar Folding Lock Knife

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. 
The blade has a full "Scandi" grind to it that is wickedly sharp straight out of the box. There are big benefits to having a proper Scandi grind to a knife and these are mainly to do with edge maintenance. A Scandi grind essentially means that the whole bevel of the knife is the edge (there is no secondary bevel) so when it comes to sharpening life is made very simple. When sharpening you can simply place the entire knife on the stone, roll it up onto the bevel and you will always achieve the correct angle for sharpening; MUCH easier than a knife with a secondary bevel! 

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
The belt pouch that is an option on this model now is our own design and is impeccably made from high grade leather and is thicker and more robust than before. It is a full cover type belt pouch and is designed to hold the knife with or without the press stud. This is a design feature to ensure that you do not lose your knife on the move and, as such, each pouch will be very close fitting. The pouch will "break in" and soften over time like any good pair of boots and we find that the attachment of a lanyard to the lanyard hole of the handle is a good addition to aid in removing the knife from the pouch. 

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.

Main Features:
Typical Steel Analysis:
K720 Carbon Tool Steel - Carbon 0.90%, Manganese 2.00%, Chromium 0.35%, Silicon 0.25%, Vanadium 0.10%. (HRC 58)
N695 Stainless Steel - Carbon 1.05%, Molybdenum 0.50%, Chromium 17.00%, Silicon 0.40%, Manganese 0.40%. (HRC 58)

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Product Code:
Rated: 5 / 5
Based on 5 reviews
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Joe wigglesworth  /  East Yorkshire gilberdyke

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

Graham  /  Bristol, UK

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).

Nick  /  London

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.

Jim  /  The Bushcraft Store

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"