Modern day Boker knives can be traced back to Germany's Boeker tool factory, which the Boeker family owned and operated. The company sold its tools successfully. In fact, 100 years later, the company's tools were one of the country's most popular products.
An enormous chestnut tree is a part of the company's symbol because in the 17th century, one shaded the old Boeker tool factory in Remscheid, Germany. Modern day knife collectors frequently refer to the company as the "Tree Brand."
During 1829, the company started developing sabers due to demand and a troubled political environment. Early accounting reports verify that the company made 2,000 items each week and employed 64 smiths, 47 grinders and an unknown number of amateur workhands to make its products. The company did well selling its tools and cutting instruments, and it decided to expand worldwide. To put the company's plan into action, Hermann Boeker moved to New York City and established H. Boker & Co. He modified the spelling to make it easier for people to say. Robert Boeker immigrated to Canada. He also began a branch of the company in Mexico. Henrich Boeker continued to run the company's operations in Germany.
By 1900, most of the company's products were sold in the United States. During World War II, Boeker's German plant burned down. Unfortunately, the incident destroyed the company's equipment, catalog materials and samples. At the time, the German sector also lost access to the tree logo after the New York City division filed a lawsuit. During the early 1960s, Wiss & Sons purchased Boker USA. In the 1970s, Cooper Industries, which is a multinational company, bought Wiss & Sons. Due to the various buyouts, Boker knives are no longer manufactured in the United States, but consumers can still buy new Boker brand pocketknives. Today, France, Argentina and China make Boker knives.
Thanks to the longtime history of the Boker Company, knife enthusiasts can purchase old and new Boker knives. Today, vintage models like the United Boker Red-Injun Bone Copperhead are available. The knife model is about 3-3/4 inches long in the closed position, and it has two blades. By purchasing the United Boker cutting tool, knife enthusiasts will own a knife that features a red bone handle. Also, one of the blades has the Boker tree logo.
The vintage Boker Cigar LP pocketknife is another classic item that knife collectors will appreciate owning. The knife model comes with a chevron crest shield, and it measures 4-1/4 inches in the closed position.
Modern day Boker collectibles include the Mother-of-Pearl Congress. The knife model is 4 inches long in the closed position, and it features four blades. The handle is made from mother-of-pearl, and the company makes the knife's blades from stainless steel.
The Boker Green Jigged Bone Congress is another contemporary collectible. The cutting tool's handle is made from green bone, and the company constructs the knife's four blades from carbon steel. Boker's Green Jigged Knife measures 3 5/8 inches when it's in the closed position.
The Boker Company also makes a Mother-of-Pearl Whittler pocketknife. The model is 3-1/2 inches long when it's closed, and the company fashions the handle from mother-of-pearl.
People who like to hunt should consider buying Boker's Cronidur Lockback pocketknife. The company forms the blade from Cronidur 30 stainless steel, which is similar to 440C, but Cronidur is more resistant to corrosion. Due to the quality of the steel, the knife blade will hold a sharp edge longer than blades made from other steel types. The knife's handle is formed from wood, and it includes finger grooves and a palm swell for superior comfort. When consumers buy a Cronidur knife, they'll gain extra security because it comes with a lockback mechanism. The knife's blade is 3 1/8 inches long, and its total length is 7-1/4 inches long. The knife weighs 5.6 ounces. Cronidur knives feature a classic design combined with cutting-edge technology.
The Boker Plus Epicenter comes with a 3.5-inch long drop point blade. The company makes the blade from VG-10 stainless steel, and it's the first titanium frame lock cutting tool that comes with removable thumb studs. Boker also includes a titanium pocket clip with the knife model. The pocket clip is reversible, which lets the owner carry it with the tip in the up or down position. Since the knife's weight is 6.5 ounces and the blade length is 3-1/2 inches long, knife owners will find that the knife model is easy to transport.
Today, Boker produces one of the largest collections of superior knives for outdoorsmen and collectors. The company uses high-end materials to make its blades and handles, so when consumers buy one, they'll have a dependable cutting tool that they can use to complete a variety of tasks.