- Mar 26, 2018
Solingen made Boker Barlows have been my most recent traditional knife addiction. For my birthday, my wife bought me the barlow with covers made from reclaimed oak from Castle Burg... I've picked up four more since then with number six on it's way from the UK as we speak. I really, really like them. I find their fit and finish to be every bit as good as Great Eastern Cutlery, but maybe not as consistent. I've had issues with two Boker barlows so far. The first barlow with blackwood covers had a long pull that was ground incorrectly, so I sent it back. The second one had a shield that stuck up at least an 1/8 of an inch on one side (and pepper spots on the spring when it was brand new), so I sent it back. The third was perfect, as has been every other Solingen made barlow I've picked up. To be fair, the GEC #92 Eureka Jack I picked up a while back had jigging that went well into the bolster.