Ed and Newton Martin are a father and son team who draw from their influence of well-known makers such as Bob Loveless, Bo Randall and Jimmy Lile. Martin Knives has been making hollow-handled knives since 2004. They mainly focus on fixed blade survival, tactical, and bushcraft knives. Sometime in 2010, Martin Knives started their first official collaboration with Boker Knives. The first joint effort between Martin and Boker was with a folder called the Nopal, which is the Spanish word for the pad of a prickly pear cactus—that is what the folder resembled in the folded position. The latest collaboration knife between Martin Knives and Boker is the Apparo, which is the Latin word for “prepare.”

First Look

Because Boker Knives are from Germany and most of the world—with the exception of the United States—uses the metric system, I will also notate the specifications in the metric system. The Boker Apparo blade is made of 440C stainless steel, which is a high carbon chromium stainless steel providing stainless steel properties, with optimum hardness after heat treatment. Overall length of the Boker Apparo is 12.13 inches. Blade length is just under 7 inches, with a 6-inch cutting edge. Width of the blade is a hair over 1.5 inches. Maximum thickness is 0.25 inches. Weight is approximately 19 ounces without the sheath. There is a guard on the handle of equal thickness to the blade. The Boker Apparo comes with a simple, black, high-quality leather sheath capable of accepting any size belt.

The handle is hollow and provides ample space for tinder, a fishing kit, rolled up money, or anything that needs to be carried and kept dry via a screw-on waterproof cap. Being that the shape of the handle is round, the cord wrapping helps to keep the knife from turning in the hand. It provides a better grip and also gives several feet of useable cordage for lashing poles, fishing and trap making.

One-Tool Trip
While testing the abilities of the Boker Apparo, I decided to go with it as a stand-alone tool for my upcoming outdoor trip, reminiscent of the hollow-handled Rambo knife I’ve used in my green and callow days. Taking stock, I found the Boker Apparo has a saw about the same size as the one I carry on my small jack knife. The blade also has a decent amount of length and weight for chopping so if this tool can’t do it, hopefully it would have the ability to be able to make a tool that could do the task at hand.

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