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Boker Etched Rosewood Stockman - BO7474
Boker Magnum Damascus Lock Back Knife - BOM788DAM
Boker knives has three basic categories of knives each with different origins. Please take note of this when purchasing Boker knives.
BOKER SOLINGEN knives are made in Solingen Germany.
BOKER ARBOLITO are made in Argentina.
BOKER MAGNUM and BOKER PLUS are made in either Taiwan or China.
The Boker company is among the most recognizable name in high quality hunting, culinary and pocket knives. Few if any cutlery firms in Solingen, Germany have had the success exporting their goods to the United States (and globally) as has The Boker Company.
As early as 1900, most goods produced by Boker were distributed in the US market. H. Boker & Co. in New York focused primarily on knives and scissors from Solingen.
Soon pocket knives became the primary focus of production and demand increased even more rapidly than Solingen was able to keep up with. In the early 1900s Americans in New York began their own production of Boker pocket knives.
Since the tree symbol had become well known by then and the various branches of the international Boker family enjoyed an excellent relationship among each other, it was not difficult to receive permission from the Solingen relatives to use the tree symbol also for the American products.
During WWII the friendly relationship between the two companies was interrupted. The war years were hard on the Boker company. In late 1944 the Allies bombed the Solingen area for two days and destroyed most of the cutlery producers there. few of the multude of producers escaped destruction and Boker was not an exception. At that time the Boker company was razed to the ground. In fact most archival material was lost at that time making research and identification of older models difficult or impossible.
In an interview in March of 2007, Ernst Felix, General Manager of Boker shared what he knew about this time period.
"Boker used to have a very wide range of products. They made straight razors, silverware, scissors and shears of course, kitchen cutlery and pocket knives and hunting knives. This was true until the beginning of the second World War ... also, the people who were lost because they were sent out to fight [effected the production]. Things finally collapsed completely at the end of 1944 when Solingen was very heavily bombed.
They had a very difficult restarting period ... They started production within the walls ... the outside walls stayed, but all the rest inside burned down. They had a tough time getting the production going again. Ten or fifteen years later they began to really increase production and were producing many of the items that they had not been making since before the war."
In the early 1960s Boker USA was sold to the famous scissor maker Wiss. Wiss & Son's retained many of the items that had made Boker such a popular force in the cutlery industry. Wiss sold both American made products and items made in Solingen. One thing that was advantageous to Wiss was that they now contolled thier popular brand of scissors and the Solingen scissor production all but eliminating any major competition.
In the early 1970s Boker was sold to Cooper Industries. This was a positive move for the Boker company in many ways.
In 1986 they restored the Trademark rights for the Boker name back to the German Boker company, thus making that company once again viable in the huge US market.
In 1986 Boker USA was created in Bolder, Colorado. Twenty years late Boker is doing better than ever.
Currently Boker has three distinct lines: Boker Solingen made in Solingen, Germany, Boker Arbolito made in Argentina and Boker Magnum made in Asia.
Please take a look at our growing selection of Boker knives.