Okay we have a mini review here of the relatively new Boker Plus Kihon Auto. We were kindly sent this knife from our buddies over at BladeHQ. It’s a drop point, flat grind with automatic push-button operation. Our model came in black handle (aluminum) with stonewash blade but you can also opt for black/black or “desert warrior” green/copper.
AUS-8 steel blade was well-manufactured, if a little off center, with even grind lines and nice jimping on the spine. The knife felt good in the hand and was relatively light/compact. The texturing on the aluminum handle provided a decent amount of grip which is important for a knife like this if it is to be practical for everyday use. The short clip was effective if a little uninspiring. So, all in all our initial impressions were positive.
Key Specs: Boker Kihon Auto
Unfortunately after only a day or so of use the deployment totally crapped out. Around 50% of the time the blade simply wouldn’t extend fully and lock in place. In short, the button/blade became very sticky and with that the party was officially over. Sure we could take it apart and remedy the issue (likely an over tight pivot screw) but it left us feeling a little disappointed overall.
Now, your mileage may vary but we’re telling it like it is. Sure, the Burnley Kihon Auto has looks and a terrific blade but the button lock deployment was no bueno! Enough said.
- Sexy, nice blade, feels good in hand
- Oh that button action…