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SHOT Show is coming up, and that means the season of new product announcements is upon us. Many gear manufacturers use SHOT as an opportunity to unveil their cool new products, and the 2018 show will be no different. If you can’t make it to the industry-only show, don’t worry — you can learn about everything we see by reading OFFGRIDweb, liking our Facebook page, and/or following us on Instagram.
Boker has announced a new knife that’ll be featured in the company’s booth at SHOT. The Kwaiken, designed by custom knifemaker Lucas Burnley, has long been a popular model for Boker. Various fixed and folding versions of this knife are already available, but this year a new variant will be released: the Boker Kwaiken Automatic.
The new Kwaiken Auto is made in the USA, and features the same sleek minimalist design of previous versions. As you can guess by the name, it’s an automatic that uses a push-button release to swiftly flip open the blade. The spring-loaded mechanism comes from Boker’s partner ProTech and is said to deliver “an impressive kick” when opening the knife. We’ll see for ourselves when we get our hands on one at SHOT.
The blade of the Boker Kwaiken Automatic is 154CM steel, and the handle is CNC-milled aluminum. It includes a pocket clip for EDC use. When the knife releases later in January 2018, it will be available as a limited release model with a total of 500 units produced. Half will have a two-tone machined-finish blade and stonewashed handle; these will be designated model 06EX290 and retail for $219. The other half will have a stonewashed blade and satin black handle; these will be designated model 06EX291 and retail for $229.
Boker’s new auto Kwaiken models aren’t currently listed on the company’s web site, but you’ll be able to see them later this month at BokerUSA.com or by checking out our SHOT Show 2018 coverage here on OFFGRIDweb from January 23 – 26.