On the heels of their just released 2016 Catalog, Böker is poised to ship the PM-3, the latest in their new line of Italian-made blades. Böker is flexing their international muscles to produce the knife: it’s a Swiss design, produced by an Italian company, commissioned by a German one, and distributed globally.
The new Italian-made knives fit somewhere between the existing Böker Plus brand and the company’s premium German-made Tree Brand line. Partnering with Fox allows Böker to offer more affordable custom designs with reliable quality control from one of the most well-respected knife-making facilities in all of Europe. According to Böker USA President Dan Weidner, in addition to manufacturing the Böker Plus Italy products Fox Cutlery is also behind the new Böker USA line which will be produced in Fox’s USA facility.
The ‘PM’ in ‘PM-3’ stands for ‘Polizei Messer’ which means ‘Police Knife’ in German. The name fits because Ivo Sturzenegger designed the tactical folder explicitly for law enforcement use. The knife is stout enough for hard use with features tailored to meet the needs of police. The knife includes a replaceable glass-breaker on the pommel and oversize thumb studs. The 3 and 3/8″ blade is unique but utilitarian, a modified drop-point with a reinforced reverse-tanto tip made of Austrian N690 stainless steel. The PM-3 locks via a strong lock-back mechanism, features a reversible tip-up carry pocket clip, and comes in both stonewashed and black-coated versions.
In other Böker news, it looks like the company held back a new knife from SHOT Show and their 2016 catalog only to reveal it at the IWA Outdoor Classic in Nuremberg this morning. The new knife is called the Böker Kingpin. This folder will be made by Böker in Germany and comes in 154 CPM steel and milled out G-10 handle scales.
KnifeCenter‘s Jason Kunkler recently observed that “[Böker] has become such a broad-based company. When you include their new 2016 products, Böker covers every price point, knife category, and size imaginable – they do everything well.”
Knife featured in image: Böker PM-3