TBS Boar Folding Pocket Knife - Olive Wood - Perfect Every Day Carry Knife - Mk II
The Boar Folding Pocket 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 wants a high quality, every day carry, pocket knife
When it came to the non-locking pocket knife version of the Boar we decided to offer it in N695 Stainless Steel as, quite simply, it requires less maintenance. This is important for a knife that will be in your pocket the vast majority of the time picking up all sorts "pocket fluff" and salt from perspiration. We also, quite deliberately, did not put a thumb stud (or similar) on the EDC as this makes it a much more user friendly product in many more Countries of the World where, to carry a knife all the time, it needs to be a product that needs to be opened two handed. Obviously this makes it a much more useful knife for travel but in all cases you should check local laws and by-laws prior to visiting or purchasing in your chosen country.
There is now a wider choice in the handle material between a Super Grade Curly Birch, Turkish Walnut, Natural Micarta, Olive Wood or Orange Micarta. All the materials have their obvious qualities and are all easy to maintain and look great.
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 Micarta which is a great material for the task as it not only looks great it is VERY easy to maintain as they pretty impervious to most things, Curly Birch, Olive Wood or Turkish Walnut which is also a great looking material and very easy to maintain. The handles are also wonderfully ergonomic and fit the hand perfectly for hours of hard work.
This is a perfect "EDC" pocket knife as it has a 70mm non locking blade but has all the features of its bigger brothers. Lanyard not included.
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 maked the EDC knife 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.
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.
- N695 Stainless Steel - 3mm Thick
- 2.8" (70mm) length blade
- 3.8" (95mm) length handle
- Curly Birch, Natural Micarta, Turkish Walnut, Orange Micarta, Olive Wood.
- Leather Pouch Option
- Thumb Knick
- Lifetime Guarantee against any defect in manufacturing, material and workmanship.
- More information on materials and construction (click here)
Excellent UK friendly knife. Chunky, sturdy, attractive (in Olive), ergonomic pocket powerhouse. Decent value at £60. Easy but solid slip joint action. Great fit and finish, with contoured wood handles matching up exactly to the stainless steel liner. No blade play. Substantial, but comfortable at 95g. Effective finger guard which helps prevent the blade from closing onto your fingers. I chose this over non-locking folders from Spyderco and SOG due to combination of easy-sharpening scandi grind, aesthetics (despite also liking tactical, modern knife styles), blade thickness (3mm) and sturdiness, and relatively unthreatening looks. This is, after research and in my opinion, the ultimate tough UK legal knife on the market. Superb.
Excellent UK legal (sub 3", non-locking blade) knife. Chunky, sturdy, attractive (in Olive), ergonomic pocket powerhouse. Decent value at £60. Easy but solid slip joint action. Although not designed to facilitate one-handed opening, this is possible if necessary (but be careful) and is easy to close one-handed. Great fit and finish, with contoured wood handles matching up exactly to the stainless steel liner. No blade play. Substantial, but comfortable at 95g. After a couple of weeks’ use, leather stropping has brought the Boar back to hair shaving sharpness. I chose this over non-locking folders from Spyderco and SOG due to combination of easy-sharpening scandi grind, aesthetics (and I like a tactical modern knife style), blade thickness (3mm) and sturdiness, and relatively unthreatening looks. If an Opinel no.6 (with locking collar removed) is not heavy-duty enough for the task, this is, after research and in my opinion, the ultimate tough UK legal knife on the market. Superb.
Before I weigh pros and cons let me say that this is a very fine pocket knife. I'd go as far as to say that it's an exceptional study in balancing UK knife law and a desire to provide a functional folding blade for bushcrafters or anyone who has need of a sturdy small blade on a daily basis. I'll attempt to split this small review in to a few sections to keep it brief and to the point (pun intended).
Firstly, the blade itself. I've owned many pocket knives and this is by far the most functional of the lot. It's thick and sturdy, takes and holds an edge very well for low maintenance steel and is robust enough to easily handle any job that you could conceivably ask of a pocket knife and then some. I've used it for a multitude of everyday tasks, making feather sticks and fire starting, dressing game and even processing sizeable pieces of wood and it's been a pleasure to use.
The handle is very comfortable and ergonomic. I've used the fixed blade Boar for a couple of years and the grip, whilst obviously smaller, feels very similar and equally reassuring. I purchased the olive wood model and the figuring and texture is lovely. The wood was a little dry out of the box but a few coats of linseed oil and some wood polish later and it's fantastic. I'd wager that if you're looking at this folder instead of the G10-tastic competition you'll probably be happy to put in a small amount of care to take care of the wood or else be happy to buy the fine looking micarta versions which, having used a friend's, I can say are also great.
The folding mechanism is simply superb. It snaps open and stays open and is, I'd say, about as good as it gets for a slipjoint. There is no play in the blade whatsoever.
I went full Monty and purchased the belt pouch and matching firesteel and the craftsmanship on both is as good as that of the folder itself. I've used TBS firesteels for a couple of years and have also purchased a few pieces of TBS leather work like their superb Bahco Laplander pouch and every product has been of excellent quality and function.
Are there any cons? Frankly, no. When you consider the price of this package in comparison to other well known folding knife brands the value for money is outstanding. If you want a cheap pocket folder there are other products to consider. If you want a pocket toolkit that'll pick your teeth and shine your shoes there are other places to look. If you want to spend a little more on a proper, hardy pocket blade that is worth every penny in terms of quality and is something that you can enjoy for many years and then pass on to the next generation of bushcrafters knowing it will have stood the test of time then this is an outstanding product.