Boker Burnley Kihon - Automatic Knife | Black (2022)

Designed by renowned knife maker Lucas Burnley, this push-button Boker Kihon is a Blade HQ Exclusive model that's been tricked out with an aftermarket coil spring for hard-hitting automatic action!

"Kihon" is the Japanese term for the basic techniques of several martial arts. With tactical aim and some far eastern flare, the Boker Kihon is worthy of its name. This tactical/EDC knife is destined to become a classic.

The black coated D2 blade has a sweeping edge that makes slicing a breeze. Designed with traditional Japanese swords in mind, the handle has a rayskin texture that provides a good grip while not tearing up the pocket.

Features:
  • D2 drop point blade is easy to sharpen and cuts like a dream
  • Rayskin textured aluminum handle is tough and ergonomic
  • Powerful and reliable automatic action

Customer Reviews

Super Fast!

Paul S. on May 10, 2021

Great knife. Fast action, sharp out of the box. Nice build quality. Very happy. Price is unbeatable!

Best Bang for the Buck

Jose A. on Oct 23, 2019

I was skeptical about getting an auto knife at that price. And for my surprise, this Boker is awesome. Well constructed, very nice and clean and snappy. I am very happy with this purchase. Very fine product and the price is very good. If you are looking into the automatic world and want to try it first without hurting your wallet, this is the right knife. Slick, looking good knife and sharp.... very sharp.

This is it

erik o. on Oct 13, 2019

This is a absolute must have for a EDC, it rides well in the pocket "being thin" but is well built with a positive snap when deployed. Blade length and shape is perfect for almost every situation, and holds a edge extremely well.

Nice Knife

David G. on Oct 13, 2019

Really like this knife, perfect size , comfortable to carry. Think I will get another

Amazing!

james w. on Aug 29, 2020

This is my 6th Boker auto. I have 3 Kalashnikovs, a Strike, and a Magnum. I love all of them. But the Kihon is my favorite. Sharp, solid and fast. You can't beat it for the price.

Great Buy

Wyatt K. on Oct 14, 2019

Have been wanting the reliability of a Boker auto for a while, but the looks on the Kalashnikov were not all there and the Strike was too tactical for me. Once the Kihon was released, I had to grab it. Knife fires with great action and the looks are killer. Great quality and a great price. Highly recommend if in the market for an auto.

Great User!

Perry S. on Oct 14, 2019

Had this knife for about a week now and I gotta say it's great all around! The aluminum scales are sturdy and grippy with the texturing. I love the snappy action on it as well. The blade has been put to good use as well, and I can see myself getting a lot of mileage out of this Boker.

One Bad Blackout Blade

BRUNO G. on Sep 17, 2021

This is one of my “Blackout” go to blades. Snappy opening, nice Japanese style, great price.#And that’s all I got to say about that.Forrest Gump.

Great EDC User

Alan C. on Oct 16, 2019

Low cost, good looking and snappy auto!Use it, abuse it, and it will keep on giving good service.Easy to keep sharp and do the job at hand.

Nice Boker LANCER

. on Sep 17, 2021

Nice snap it works great you do have to put a finger nail in A little bit which is no big I don't see a problem with this knife I like the cut of this blade shape nice point good skinner and good for getting a sliver out scaple like I find that shape very useful this black one is my second one have the copper and olive Boker is nice blades for the money and you buy the screw driver tip's for the Boker line you can adjust the tension on the spring

Great Knife

Jeremy R. on Oct 19, 2021

I have a lot of knives. Some of my collection costs way more then this knife, but I find the Kihon in my pocket more then anything. It rides so well in the pocket. The low viz pocket clip is great, the blade shape cuts well. Snappy action.Great buy.

I like it!

Aubrey J. on Jun 13, 2022

Snappy action, good traction, D2 steel and satisfaction! Great auto for just a little bread. Blade could be longer but as it is does a good job slicing up cardboard and retains its edge. I would buy another in a heartbeat.

Excellent!

Phil L. on Mar 6, 2020

In my view, this Boker Burnley Kihon is the single best value in an auto anywhere.I got one from BladeHQ a couple months ago and have been nothing but thrilled and impressed by the quality and design of this knife. Once the blade is deployed, the handle feels great in my hand which is important for me. Don’t think twice, go for this one.

Another Boker, worth buying.

Tim M. on May 11, 2021

As some have said, the deploy button is gritty but I'm finding the more I use it the better it gets. Slowly becoming a favorite, if the button will smooth out, definitely. Good steel, great feel, good snap, good clip design, blade shape, low price.... Definitely on my suggested buy list.

Good for the price

Darwin T. on Jan 26, 2022

Like the design. The blade has a great shape and the handle is a nice clean feel. The button is a little gritty but soothed out after time. I’ve used it for about a year and it stands up fairly well to rough use. Might be getting a little worn and developed a problem. If the button gets pushed a little, not enough to open, the tip of the blade comes out a little and gets exposed.

Button HARD to release

Chris R. on Sep 9, 2020

First let me say that I really like the shape and size of the Kihon. However, it turns out that ALL Bokers sold by Blade HQ are produced in-house. The button to open this knife is very hard to push all the way in and if you don't push it JUST RIGHT it will get stuck about 3/4 of the way in and then it's even harder to push the rest of the way. I contacted customer service and was told that because they are produced in-house, that's just the way they are. This was not communicated at all in the Item Description, otherwise I would have chosen another knife.Hopefully the button becomes easier with a little more use. I have only opened and closed it about 50 times so far. If so, I will update this review.

I really wanted to like these

Taiomah R. on Aug 2, 2021

I have purchased two of these knives and the blade play is annoying but it is minimal. However, I didn't like how inconsistent the deployment was for both of these knives. One had nearly twice the kick of the other, but the biggest issue I found was with one of the knives not consistently locking during deployment and that was a deal breaker for me.

HORRIBLE Automatic Action! :(

Keith G. on Mar 17, 2021

I really like Kihon's feel, size, shape etc. However, the plunger button on this knife is HORRIBLE! First off, it's very "gritty" and not smooth at all. Secondly, you have to push it so far in (to open or close it) that you need long fingernails to operate it. I mean, the button has to be pushed in very deep to operate the knife. On top of that it's dangerous to close because you have to work hard at getting it closed.I own 3 other Boker Autos and they are all pretty nice but this one is the exception to the rule. If the button was milled better or even polished (internally by Blade HQ) I would give it 5 stars... but what good is an automatic that hangs up?EDIT: After reading other reviews it seems like this knife was fine up until 2019, then it went to crap. Maybe somebody at Blade HQ should check that out. All reviews before 2020 were 5 star, but all after that reported a bad plunger button. That is not coincidence.

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