Scoundrel 2nd Gen by Böker Plus
Editor: Johnny LeMaster
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Just The Facts:
The new generation of the Scoundrel by Steve Kelly from Montana not only comes with a satined blade, but also with a handle with a very exclusive two-tone finish in which matt and satined surfaces combine to create an extraordinary overall impression. The massive titanium handle locks the VG-10 blade with a frame lock and a lock bar stabilizer keeps the lock from overextending. A tough knife with elegant appearance. With clip (tip-up)
- Type: Pocket Knife
- Designer: Steve Kelly
- Total Length: 7.6”
- Blade Length: 3.2”
- Blade Thickness: 0.20”
- Weight: 4.7 oz
- Blade Material: VG-10
- Handle Material: Titanium
- Lock: Frame Lock
- Opener: Thumb Stud
- Color: Grey
- Blade Color: Uncoated
If you are looking for your next favorite every day carry (edc) knife, I highly recommend you check out the Scoundrel 2nd Gen by Böker Plus. I have carried a lot of knives from many different manufactures, and I must admit that Böker is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. Their unique designs, ergonomic grips, quality metals, and attention to detail makes them an excellent choice for everyone from a beginning knife collector up to the discerning connoisseur. Having to always have a knife on me, and realizing that it is one of the most important things to always have I find myself somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. I never go anywhere with out a knife on me. It is one of the first things that goes in my pocket when I wake up in the morning and the last thing to be taken out of my pocket when my pants get thrown in the hamper. I am always on the look out for a great knife to add to my collection and particularly one that I will find myself wanting to carry and use. Carrying the Scoundrel 2nd Gen as a lot over the last few months I have found the knife I will be carrying as my edc for some time to come.
My experience with Böker has be fairly limited, but has not been a disappointment in any way shape or form. I have had the pleasure to try out to knives from their collection, the CFM- A1 and the Scoundrel 2nd Gen. I have fallen in love with both of them. I will be honest, Böker is not a name I have been familiar with for too long. Although they have a very long history in the business. They started out in the 17th Century as a tool manufacture in Germany where they built their name for quality. They entered into the cutlery business it the 1800’s, with the most recent Böker USA, Inc. starting production in Denver in 1986. Today Böker is a multinational company making quality products.
As I stated I have had the privilege to try out two of the knives from the Böker line, and have loved each of them. They both have their own unique style and design. Both having things that I believe they excel at that have made me a strong believer in them. Specifically for an edc, the Scoundrel 2nd Gen has become one of my favorites. It is a thing of beauty that I love to carry. My compliments go out to the designer Steve Kelly on it. When you first get introduced to the Scoundrel the design of the handle immediately catches your eye. The handle is made of Titanium with a combination of a matte finish and a satined finish. The titanium makes the handle incredibly durable, resisting wear and tear from dings, scratches and corrosion. It provides the solid feel of a metal handle in your hands while keeping the weight down. The design of the handle combines milled channels with small holes on the lower part of the handle reducing weigh and providing grip with the scaling at the top of the handle in the right locations for the extra grip needed for a foil grip or modified saber grip. The handle only has the grip designs on one side. The reverse side is “smooth”, simply meaning it does not have the grip elements that are carved into the titanium on the front side. It carries its own features that are both important and provide the grip for the reverse side of the handle. The pocket clip blends in perfectly with the satin finish matching the rest of the reverse side of the handle. It is mounted with two screws in the blade tip up position for fast retrieval and employment of the knife from pocket to hand. I would prefer to see three screws on the pocket clip. This knife does suffer from the same issue I have had with many other knife clips that only utilize two screws, the clip does get loose fairly regularly causing the clip to move, and the knife to rotate a bit. This does not cause any real problems other than it needs to be addressed by tightening down the clip a little more frequently to ensure that the screws don’t back all the way out. One of my favorite features on the knife is also on the reverse side of the handle, the frame lock blade lock. Böker has developed a great blade lock that works really well. It has the perfect amount of pressure that does not affect the opening of the knife, but pops snuggly into place when the blade is opened to keep the blade safely locked in place during usage. The lock is easily released and the blade collapsed back into the closed position with one hand. What separates the frame lock from many other blade locks with similar orientations is the replaceable edge on the top lock where the blade seats. This portion of the lock seams to wear out over extended usage. I have a few knives that I don’t trust the lock on fully anymore due to this issue, but the Scoundrel will never have this issue.
A lot of thought was put into this knife to make it a quality piece all the way through. The knife has been a fantastic knife that has easily handled everything I have thrown at it yet. I carry the Scoundrel when in the office, out hunting, camping, working around the house, and anywhere else I go, it has been used to remove slivers, open packages, cut rope, clean harvested animals, cut up steak at the dinner table and so much more. The blade is made of VG-10 stainless steel, one of my favorite all purpose steels for knife blades. The steel was developed in Japan for use on cutlery in for chefs. This steel takes and incredibly keen edge and is very easy to resharpen. It is one of the easier stainless steels I have found for putting a good edge back on. The only downfall to this steel is it is not quite as durable as some of the other steels. It holds the edge decently enough, but not as well as some other steels. I think it is honestly a good steel that balances ease of sharpening, and edge holding ability. I can tell you it has not let me down when I needed. You just have to take care of your equipment. The blade holds a relatively unique shape. The spine comes straight out of the handle providing a great thumb rest for that added cutting power before rising slightly and dropping down into a spear point. The 3.2 inch blade features a high flat grind helping it cut and separate easily through tight locations. The blade is easily opened by the ambidextrous thumb stud and rotates on a bearing making for a very smooth opening that almost feels like an assisted opening knife. The blade is kept from overstretching by way of the lock bar stabilizer during opening. The blade seats securely in place when the blade is closed helping to keep it from trying to creep open in your pocket at unexpected times.
The Scoundrel 2nd Gen can be found in my pocket at all times. It has climbed its way to the tops of my edc selection for good reasons. Böker has created a very durable, comfortable, stylish knife that can handle the different demands of everyday life. The user friendliness of this knife, the ease in opening, closing, and sharpening have make it all the more appealing to carry. I never have to worry that my most important tool, my knife is going to fail me or break at the most inopportune time. The quality put forth in this design is well worth treating yourself to. I promise you will not be disappointed.
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What Could be Done Better:
There is not a lot that I would want to see any different on this knife. Overall I love the materials and design of the knife. The only thing that I would like to see different, which is very minor, would be to add a third screw to the pocket clip. In my experience it keeps the clip from moving and the screws from backing out longer without having to tighten.
I give this product 5 stars.