Alessandra De Santis Signs on with Böker

Alessandra De Santis has a new production folder rolling out this year, and for the first time it is targeting a wallet-friendly price point. Called the Yokai, it is coming out under the Böker Plus label and takes advantage of rugged but affordable materials to bolster its tactical design.

So far in her folder design work De Santis has favored larger blades. The Yokai doesn’t break with tradition on that front. It has a blade length of 3.74 inches, meaning there is plenty of real estate for cutting chores both big and small. The blade shape is an aggro American tanto with starkly demarcated primary and secondary edges, a decorative fuller, and pronounced swedge.

For blade steel Böker once again, employed D2. D2’s standout feature amongst budget steels is its high edge retention; a trait that obviously synergizes well with the hard-working Yokai design. The black blade coating will help to ward off rust, and De Santis provided two different opening methods: a thumb hole on a raised thumb ramp, and a flipper tab.

Looking at the Yokai’s handle design, the lineage with De Santis’s Hecate folder, a premium We Knife Co. release, becomes apparent. There’s the same humpbacked handle shape and butt end cutaway revealing a combined backspacer/lanyard. But instead of titanium scales, the liner lock Yokai has polymer ones, sporting a hexagonal texture on both front and back. There’s a glass breaker tip on the Yokai’s butt end, and it has a loop-over (but not deep carry) pocket clip that can be reattached to the opposite sides for lefties. It weighs 5.19 oz., and, interestingly, Böker is also shipping the Yokai with a nylon pouch.

De Santis’s is a name that crops up more and more often on the production scene. Her production debut was the Hecate fixed blade, released back in 2018 through Hydra Armaments. When that knife came out, she promised a collaboration with a well-known label, and soon after that the We collaborations started coming in.

This is De Santis’s first Böker collaboration, and one of many fresh designs inbound this year from the Solingen, Germany-based company. Yes, Böker’s 2021 is characteristically enormous, with plenty of exciting knives on the way. Check back soon for more coverage on these incoming blades.

The Yokai is scheduled to release in April.

Knife in Featured Image: Böker Plus Yokai