Folding knives have been around for a long time. As a result there are a whole lot of different folding pocket and automatic knife designs, but of late there is rarely much new innovation these days. So it’s cool to see the occasional little tweak to the venerable folding pocket knife design. Like this one:

Boker Black Magnum Folding Neck Knife

Boker Black Magnum Folding Neck Knife

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This here, ladies and germs, is a Boker side folder. Appropriately named the “Boker Black Magnum Folding Neck Knife”. Yeah. I don’t think you can get any more descriptive with a name than that. Weeell, maybe you can. But it would be insanity. Madness.

Please, no. Not Sparta. Madness. Just madness. Yes. Thank you very much.

Anyway, back to the foldings. Unlike the traditional, single pivot pin pocket knives, which I guess you could technically call “edge folders”, as they pivot open from the front edge of the grip, these pivot open from the side of the grip, on a hinge pin. Basically, traditional design=pivot pin. Side open design=hinge pin.

Got it? Good. Hinge pin=side open and pivot pin=edge open. Two legs good, for legs bad. Make sense? Wait… Or is it the other way around… Eeer… What am I talking about… Bah! Who cares.

Boker Neck Knife

Boker Neck Knife

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The point is that they are cool. And a little different. And just as useful as a pocket knife. Though to be honest, it would be a mistake to call them original. Why? Because this design is not new. I had a side folding pocket knife like one of these many many years ago. It was a whole lot smaller, but it was a pretty nice little knife.

And one nice thing about these designs are that they are much, much slimmer than your regular edge open design. Side openers like these generally consist of the blade, a small lock, and just enough additional material around the blade, be it polymer/ABS/steel to protect the blade when closed and provide a handle/grip area.

Smith & Wesson Viper

Smith & Wesson Viper

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The resulting folders are a lot more compact than the thick, side scaled, liner locked design of their edge opening counter parts, and therefore make for better neck knives and for compact pocket carry. Pretty nice actually… And best of all, they come in black… 😀

Boker Black Magnum Folding Neck Knife – [True Swords]

S&W Viper Side Open Folding Knife – [True Swords]

Boker Neck Knife – [True Swords]