|Martin Knives Crest|
The Boker Plus model as I said above is basically a exact replica of the custom model, other than steel quality and a few minor details that I'll go into later. This model features a very thick 440C stainless blade. I actually like the fact they went with the 440C over some other steel options. Sure 440C isn't S30V, but it is a good stainless option. The blade is just at 7 inches with an overall length of 12 inches, as you can see it's definitely on the larger side. Having a hollow handle I believe helps save some overall weight of the knife, it is surprisingly only a pound.
|Rasp style saw|
I was relieved to find out that the clip point was un-sharpened. When I first looked at the pictures online I thought that portion was sharpened and wouldn't serve well when batoning. The blade features a "blood-groove" and a "rasp" style saw. This saw in use performed quite well for notching which would be great for making triggers for traps. As a general purpose saw it took a lot of energy and it got clogged up a bit, so don't expect to do any serious sawing work with it. I've read that this type of saw was designed to be used by aircrew to saw through fuselage.
|Using the bottle opening function|
I put together a few survival items to store in the handle that consisted of: a small ferro rod, button compass, spiderwire fishing line, lead weights, fish hooks, a tinder quik tab, four strike anywhere matches, and a heavy duty sewing needle.
The stock sheath is constructed of thin black leather. While it is not extremely high quality, it is better than some sheaths that I've seen supplied with other production knives. Martin Knives also has an upgrade version that can be purchased on their site for around $125. I've had a custom leather sheath built similar to the Randall Knives Version that I will be posting a review on in a few days.
Overall I like the Boker Plus/Martin Knives Apparo. I'm glad that someone finally built a tough hollow handle production knife. If you are a fan of hollow handle knives and don't have the cash to purchase a custom model, check out the Apparo. You won't be disappointed. If you would like a custom version, check out Newt Martins creation at Martin Knives.
I've attached a link to the lowest price I found on Amazon: