Boker Brings Accomplice out of Retirement with New Steel

John Gray‘s first Boker collaboration, the Accomplice fixed blade, is being brought out of retirement this year with a new blade steel. The new Accomplice swaps in the hardest working budget steel around for its 2023 revival.

It’s easy to lose track of Boker releases, or even miss some altogether – the company is so prolific that things inevitably slip though the cracks. The first version of the Accomplice released a few years ago. it was one of those maker collabs that is a more or less direct translation of a custom piece – it even has the same name as the handmade Gray original.

The custom Accomplice blends tactical design language with an everyday carry size classification. The blade, available in several shapes, is not huge – around 3.25 inches – but its paired to comparatively long handle that’s made even roomier thanks to the finger ring on the end. The finger ring is a common sight on Gray’s knives, and he often gives it a little extra flourish unique to his work: a flathead driver on the back end.

Boker’s production version of the Accomplice does not mess with success. The core of the experience is the 3.23-inch blade. We mentioned above that custom Accomplices come in different shapes, but for the production version Boker opted for the harpoon-style drop point, which is probably the most common shape amongst the Gray customs. The original Boker Plus version came with 14C28N steel – not a bad choice at all, but the 2023 version is re-releasing with D2 instead. That means a definite loss in corrosion resistance, but a noticeable gain in edge retention to balance that out.

The handle, with its full tang construction and scalloped G-10 scales, appears to have been carried over unchanged from the first Boker Plus Accomplice – so too the finger ring, which also has the flathead driver component. The Accomplice comes with the standard Kydex sheath, which can be carried on the belt or around the neck with the included chain.

The D2 Accomplice is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Boker Plus Accomplice D2

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