Timeless engineering and lived history! Inspired by a true air classic, Boker Plus presents the P-51 Damast by Steve Kelly as a designer knife with exceptional character. Based on the North American P-51 Mustang, the knife mirrors the material, shape and color of the 1940s fighter plane, creating almost a replica of its historic model.
Some 15,800 examples of this low-wing aircraft were produced in various versions between 1940 and 1948, making it still one of the most built military aircraft in the world today. The P-51 D is the most widespread series, with just under 8,000 examples. The special features of the P-51 Mustang, whose "P" in the name stands for Pursuit, lay in its full-metal aerodynamic construction with characteristic flared pins, which in combination with the massive Packard Merlin V-1650 engine allowed a top speed of 700 km/h with an extraordinary range of up to 3,300 km. These achievements were considered revolutionary at the time and led to the air supremacy of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
It was not only the unmistakable lines of the P-51 Mustang that prompted Boker's development department to undertake this exciting project. The challenge was to transfer the design language and performance of the combat aircraft into a knife without compromising elegance and practicality.
The heart of the Boker Plus P-51 Damast is its distinctive 80-ply Damascus spearhead blade, forged by Chad Nichols in the United States and composed of original parts from the historic fighter plane. Viewed from the side, the blade has a number of visual reminiscences of the historic fighter-bomber. The thumb hole, for example, is reminiscent of the Plexiglas cockpit canopy, which allowed the pilot an ideal all-around view.
Another prominent feature is the titanium handle, which mimics the aircraft's studded light metal plates to the smallest detail. The blue blade axis screw, which bears the U.S. Army Silver Star, and the red anodized screws, which echo the color scheme of the tail rudder, stand out.
Intended Use: Sporting/collection
Type of production: Industrial
Country of manufacture: Taiwan
Blade: Handcrafted 80-ply Damascus by Chad Nichols from original P51 Mustang parts
Blade Finish: -
Blade length: 85mm.
Blade thickness: 3.5mm.
Total length: 193mm.
Clip: titanium, removable
Closure: frame lock
Packaging: cardboard box with Boker Plus logos, zippered pouch, warranty certificate
Notes: Carson Flipper-type opening system on ball bearings
Il cuore del Boker Plus P-51 Damast è la sua caratteristica lama a punta di lancia in Damasco a 80 strati, forgiata da Chad Nichols negli Stati Uniti e composta da parti originali dello storico aereo da caccia. Vista di lato, la lama presenta una serie di reminiscenze visive dello storico cacciabombardiere. Il foro per il pollice, ad esempio, ricorda il tettuccio in plexiglas della cabina di pilotaggio, che consentiva al pilota una visuale ideale a tutto tondo.
Un altro elemento di spicco è l'impugnatura in titanio, che riproduce nei minimi dettagli le piastre in metallo leggero borchiato dell'aereo. Spiccano la vite dell'asse della lama blu, che reca la Silver Star dell'esercito americano, e le viti anodizzate rosse, che riprendono lo schema cromatico del timone di coda.
|Country of production||Taiwan|
|Blade Length||8/9 cm|
|Blade Tip||Drop point|
|Blade thickness||3,5 mm|
|Blade Finish||None (Satin / Stonewashed)|
|Locking Type||Frame Lock|
|Materials and Finishes||7,5|