1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Boker Urban Survival review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by DB, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. DB

    DB Kilted Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    4,144
    Likes Received:
    67
    Just got this today from JS Burly's. Not more than two minutes after opening it, I put it to work opening other goodies that I got the same day to get a good idea of what it's capable of.

    First impression from initially handling the knife; it's much smaller than I initially thought it would be, but feels very solid and has a "heft" to it for being so small and slender. Opening it one handed was a bit tricky, as the slender size made it a bit harder to have a good hold and open it at the same time. Blade is chisel ground and has a solid lock up with a liner lock. Pocket clip feels like it holds well, and it comes with an additional screw on end to make it look more like a pen. Closed length is approx. 4 inches, blade length is approx. 1.5 inches , and OAL is 5.75 inches.


    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban1.jpg[/img]

    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban2.jpg[/img]



    To give you an idea of the size, here it is next to a Fischer Space pen and a standard Sharpie marker.

    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban3.jpg[/img]



    I used it to open a blister package to see how well the unique blade functioned. I used the tip to score the plastic package to start an opening. It worked much like an exacto blade or a scalpel. Once the opening was started, I used the recurve portion of the blade to cut along the edge of the package by pulling it along. It kept a nice clean straight cut all around the package and made short work of the plastic.

    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban4.jpg[/img]

    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban5.jpg[/img]




    Overall impression, I like this unique knife. I'm not sure about the self defense applications, but the utility of this knife will fill a great spot for my EDC, especially at work where I need to open various types of packages or need a precise cutting tool where a general purpose pocket knife would only do a mediocre job.
     
  2. Guarddog
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Guarddog EDC Junkie !!!!!

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Messages:
    2,298
    Likes Received:
    366
    O0 Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. carrot

    carrot Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    402
    Nice review! Can we see pictures of the clip-side?
     
  4. DB

    DB Kilted Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    4,144
    Likes Received:
    67
    Sure! (I knew I forgot something)... ;)


    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban6.jpg[/img]

    [img width=640 height=426]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban7.jpg[/img]
     
  5. zshiner

    zshiner Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,015
    Likes Received:
    2
    Great Review - thx KM
     
  6. DemskeetSkeet

    DemskeetSkeet Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,796
    Likes Received:
    125
    Hard to tell from the clip picture, is it a deep set clip? Could you clip it inside one of your pockets and snap a photo that way? like my stuff concealed or in this case deep enough so that it does in fact look like a pen.

    Nice review, looks very handy for opening those pesky phard plastic cases.

    Take care
    -Matt
     
  7. SoloTwo

    SoloTwo Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2008
    Messages:
    153
    Likes Received:
    0
    Haha I had no idea what to expect after seeing the only picture from the original thread, thought it was kinda ugly and didn't realize the size of it. Well, now, I need one. Looks like a great utility blade, not sure where it would fall into my EDC though.
     
  8. DB

    DB Kilted Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    4,144
    Likes Received:
    67
    Great idea! Yes, it does have a deep set clip and appears to be a pen. In fact, it sits deeper than the pen you see in my lower pocket.




    [img width=426 height=640]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e231/piekkola/EDC/urban8.jpg[/img]
     
  9. carrot

    carrot Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    402
    Looks awesome, I'm going to have to pick one up soon! I have no idea what I'll use it for either but it's too cool not to have.
     
  10. bartsdad

    bartsdad Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    504
    Likes Received:
    2
    How does this critter open up? Small notch for a finger nail?

    I think it would be great to carry at work if it was easy to open 1 handed.
     
  11. phoenix.stu

    phoenix.stu Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2009
    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    0
    What a great write up DB. Thanks for sharing. :D
     
  12. FeebleOldMan

    FeebleOldMan Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    11
    Is it possible to do the "spyder-drop" one-handed opening?

     
  13. DB

    DB Kilted Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    4,144
    Likes Received:
    67
    There is a small thumb stud on each side of the blade. I'm going to play around with the tension to see if it's adjustable or not. That may make it open easier. Otherwise, the thumbs studs are removable. A larger stud would definitely allow it to open easier.

    No, not with this design; the frame prevents this from working properly because of where the pivot point is. It only opens about 3/4 of the way before it catches against your fingers.
     
  14. Lorenzo

    Lorenzo Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Messages:
    847
    Likes Received:
    838
    Ah, so the thumbstuds are ambidexterous! Thanks for the bit of info... also, the photos in hand give a good sense of proportion.
    :censored:, and I thought it was larger, large enough for kubotan use.
    How exactly is the "additional screw on end to make it look more like a pen" affixed? Is there a threaded hole in the handle? A threaded pin sticiking out? Does it appear sturdy?
    I'm thinking of maybe 1 - 1 1/2 inches of solid steel or brass with a lanyard hole and a conical striker end to lenghten the handle.
     
  15. DemskeetSkeet

    DemskeetSkeet Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,796
    Likes Received:
    125
    :shocked:

    Thank you very much!!
     
  16. johnnywest

    johnnywest Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    0
    :thumbsdown: I don't know. I like the size, but not really the form factor,
     
  17. DemskeetSkeet

    DemskeetSkeet Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,796
    Likes Received:
    125
    I kind of agree with you but the fact that it is made to look like a pen will keep it very discrete.
     
  18. DB

    DB Kilted Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    4,144
    Likes Received:
    67
    Used this a bit at work today. Worked great for opening the various boxes that came in from UPS. Didn't have to worry about slicing too deep with it. I also took the job of having to cut a clean edge around a photo mounted onto foam core that was too large for the picture. Did an excellent job of cutting through cleanly without leaving a ragged or rough edge on the foam core.
     
  19. DemskeetSkeet

    DemskeetSkeet Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,796
    Likes Received:
    125
    Impressive! Keep the updates coming!
     
  20. Jedi Knife

    Jedi Knife Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2007
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    9
    I think the form factor of this knife is superb. I think most clothing and bags, etc. have pockets designed to accommodate writing implements; since the dimensions of this knife are similar to a writing implement, it will be that much easier for me to carry. Also, I like the idea of using this as a non-lethal means of defense, if necessary, and this knife should be quite admirable in that respect, i.e. as an impact device.