Boker USA Model 155-5 Sport knife

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Boker USA model 155-5 Sport

In the late 1940's, General Curtis LeMay, the head of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), authorized the creation of a survival kit for the crews of the long range bombers. Requirements were to be an effective tool for survival in the wild, with the ability to perform a number of functions to include field dressing and cleaning fish. As part of that effort the Air Force in the early 1950s adopted a sheath knife for use in the E-1 Survival Kit. It was intended to be a tool, not a weapon, and weight was a major consideration. That knife was the Boker 155, a blade that is little known today among blade collectors. Indeed, but for researcher/author Frank Trzaska's efforts the history of this knife would likely have remained lost in the mists of time. In 2002 Frank wrote an article published in Knife World which finally revealed the identity of this little knife. The Boker 155 had never before appeared in any of the major military blade books.

The Boker 155 had an overall length of 8 3/4", a 4 1/2" blade, a stacked leather handle, and aluminum guard and pommel. It was carried in a unique pouch or tube shaped leather sheath.

This is the later Boker model 155-5, a civilian model called the Sport. This knife is listed used but shows very little wear and tear other than some spots on the blade. It come in a beautiful western sheath with the engraving of a stag, waterfowl and a pheasant.  Knife 9’’ OAL, blade 5.0’’, weight of  knife and sheath 4.7oz