Friday, December 10, 2010

Review - Boker Plus KeyCom

Today, I wanted to look at a tiny little everyday carry (EDC) option for a backup knife, or even a primary knife if you are unable to carry anything else. I wanted to look at the KeyCom, by Boker Plus.

The Boker Plus KeyCom fulfills a role as a keychain knife.
Boker Plus is a line of knives by Boker, which is a German knife manufacturer. The Boker Plus line isn't German made, however, which adds a significant savings in the price of the knives. The Boker Plus knives are made in Asia (China, Taiwan, etc.) but are still high quality and durable.

With that said, the KeyCom is one Boker Plus' smallest knives. Designed by Chad Los Banos, the one who is famous for designing the Subcom series of knives, this knife definitely shares a style with the Subcom's. This knife is small enough to be carried on a keychain, but comes with a removable pocket clip, which also gives you the option of clipping it onto a pocket or pouch to carry it very much like a standard pocket knife. The pocket clip only allow for tip down, right handed carry only, unfortunately, but what would you expect out of a knife this small?

Boker was able to make the KeyCom
a frame locking knife.
The KeyCom only weighs 1.1 oz, making it extremely light. The open length is 3.8" and the closed length is 2.3". The clip point blade is 1.6" long and is made of high quality AUS-8 stainless steel. The blade comes razor sharp and has a very fine tip, great for precise cutting tasks.

The construction of the KeyCom is very much like the SubCom. Half of the handle is made of polymer while the other half is made of steel. The steel half of the handle contains the framelock mechanism, which locks the blade open solidly. At the end of the handle, there is a small hole for a split keyring. The keyring can also be substituted for a lanyard.

One of the drawbacks of the KeyCom is that there is only a single thumbstud on the left side of the blade. This allows for right-handed opening only. The thumbstud is very small, making it a little difficult to open single handedly without some practice.

There is a deep finger choil near the base of the blade, which allows for adequate grip of the knife. Despite only being able to hold the knife with 2 fingers and your thumb, it is pretty comfortable to hold. The heavy jimping at the top of the handle definitely aids in gripping the knife.

The KeyCom in black looks very attractive.
The KeyCom comes in two color variation. There is the standard version with a silver blade with the handle composed of a black polymer half and a silver steel half. Then, there is the all black version. Personally, I prefer the all black one, but the standard silver version reminds me of the classic Subcom coloration, which a lot of you guys may like.

So, that's my take on the Boker Plus Keycom. It fulfills a role as a keychain knife and definitely does a good job at it. At an affordable price point, it looks very attractive and to top it off, is very functional. It is definitely nicer than even some of the more expensive small knife options on the market.

3 comments:

  1. Nice Post!!! boker german knife is really very attractive knife. it's looking very nice. and it is very comfortable for my pocket.

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  2. You can unscrew the thumbstud with padded needlenose or a piece of cloth and regular needlenose plyers to make it open lefty,also the polymer side has a steel liner that has milled holes for strong light construction.add a small lanyard with a lanyard ball knot for better handling.I love this knife best small edc for any price.built like a little tank centering perfect lockup solid.with the lanyard you can easly flick open with one hand and handle with confodence.the thin tip,full flat grind and blade profile makes it a evil little slicing scalpel.if you regrind to a chizel grind I did on one of mine.hell its 16$ a little razor cuts like dream

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  3. You can unscrew the thumbstud with padded needlenose or a piece of cloth and regular needlenose plyers to make it open lefty,also the polymer side has a steel liner that has milled holes for strong light construction.add a small lanyard with a lanyard ball knot for better handling.I love this knife best small edc for any price.built like a little tank centering perfect lockup solid.with the lanyard you can easly flick open with one hand and handle with confodence.the thin tip,full flat grind and blade profile makes it a evil little slicing scalpel.if you regrind to a chizel grind I did on one of mine.hell its 16$ a little razor cuts like dream

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