While tiny pocket knives are a current trend in the world of everyday carry, large blades haven’t lost their place in the outdoors. That’s because the tasks associated with survival — clearing overgrowth out of trails, processing firewood, shelter-building, to name a few examples — call for a sturdy and robust tool. It’s precisely these qualities that have made Boker’s Outdoorsman fixed blade a crowd-favorite, and it’s why the brand just released an extra-large version of that popular knife.
The new Outdoorsman XL quite literally builds on its predecessor. The new version still features a full-tang construction, but Boker lengthened the 12C27 stainless steel blade from 3.7 inches to 4.4, which is a 19-percent increase, and not unremarkable. The handle has also grown by just under an inch, and it’s still ergonomically-designed with a rubberized grip. The visual aesthetics of the XL have also changed to reflect its role as a tool for the outdoors: its handle is bright orange, and its blade is unfinished, making it distinct from the muted greys of the old Outdoorsman. The knife also has a sturdier nylon sheath.
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