Posted May 21, 2008 by Howard
Boker Leo IV Custom Fixed Blade
Boker produces the finest damascus blades in the knife industry outside of the customs. These are really custom quality and each one is unique and hand worked to bring out the real beauty of the steel. We try to keep a good selection of Boker Damascus at the Knife Center and many of our customers appreciate it. This new model is fantastic!
Here is the description from Boker:
Boker’s Leo Damascus®… the legendary Damascus steel forged out of the barrel of the famous German battle tank, Leopard. The exceeding characteristics of this high performance Damascus steel were responsible for the enormous response it received in the international knife market. With the presentation of the Leo Damascus IV, we are setting a new standard in processing handforged high end Damascus steels by introducing the first Leo Damascus fixed blade. Our Damascus forger combines three different steels (carbon tool steels and ball-bearing steel) with the Leopard’s gun barrel steel to create a completely unique blade material.
In a very complex and technically demanding forging process, he creates a Damascus steel with 600 layers. For the Damascus pattern we were inspired by nature’s own design and chose the pattern of the fascinating leopard’s coat. In this unique leopard pattern, the four different steels give it an extraordinarily eye-catching appearance. This Boker Leo IV Damascus steel produces blades that have superior cutting capabilities, with a Rockwell hardness of 65-67° HRC! The manufacturing of these exclusive knives happens in one-a-piece production, which is known so far only by knifemakers. In a successful cooperation with the German knifemaker Teyke, each knife is individually handcrafted in our manufacturing facility in Solingen, Germany. The handle scales are made of carefully selected Burl Rosewood, fitted by hand to each and every blade. Due to the exclusive materials used, the cross-guard is made of 925 sterling silver, as are the rivets holding the handle scales to the tapered tang blade. The double-sided handle inlays are also made of the 600-layer Leo IV Damascus steel and may be used for engraving. This knife is strictly limited to just 250 pieces worldwide. Each knife is unique, serialized, and comes in a wooden presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. Also includes a high quality leather sheath from England. Overall length: 8 3/16”. Blade length: 3 7/8”. Weight: 6.4 oz.