Today is the 65th anniversary of the legendary assault rifle, the AK-47. Invented by Lieutenant General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, the Avtomat Kalashnikov Model 1947 was a response to the complaints with Soviet rifles by wounded Soviet soldiers Kalashnikov overheard while in the hospital recovering from an illness in 1941. In 1944 he designed a gas-operated carbine for the new 7.62x39mm cartridge which lost out to the new Simonov carbine. Kalashnikov’s carbine became the basis of his entry for an assault rifle competition in 1947. His winning entry, the Mikhtim, became the prototype for what was to become the AK-47.
General Kalashnikov claims he has not profited from his inventions and only receives a state pension. In the early 2000’s, Marken Marketing International (MMI) partnered with Kalashnikov (MMI gave him 30% of its shares) to begin marketing goods (umbrellas, aftershave, watches, knives) under his name.
“What does have to do with knives,” you ask?
My answer, “Read on.”
Boker is the official manufacturer of Kalashnikov knives. To celebrate the 65th anniversary of this legendary weapon and to honor General Kalashnikov, Boker has released a Limited Edition Boker Plus Kalashnikov 65 Manual Flipper, Limited Edition Boker Plus Kalashnikov 65 Manual (with thumb stud) and a Limited Edition Boker Plus Automatic Kalashnikov 65. Each model will feature the exclusive anniversary blade etch with an individual serial number, and will be limited to just 650 pieces worldwide! This heavy duty model features olive drab aluminum handle scales on massive steel liners (the flipper comes with a olive drab zytel handle), sturdy liner lock mechanism, ambidextrous thumb studs or flipper (manual models only) and a removable glass breaker tip (flipper model only). The 440C stainless steel blade will come in black with partial serrations or in a satin finish. Each blade will have the special anniversary logo.
They also released a Limited Edition Automatic Boker Plus Mini Kalashnikov 65 and a Limited Edition Boker Plus Mini Kalashnikov 65. Each Mini Kalashnikov 65 will feature the exclusive anniversary blade etch with an individual serial number, and will be limited to just 650 pieces worldwide. This liner locking model features an olive drab coated aluminum handle with satin finished plain or black partially serrated AUS-8 stainless steel blade with the special anniversary logo and ambidextrous thumb stud.
Get this auspicious Kalashnikov knife for your collection. Go to BladeHQ.com and add the Boker Plus Mini Kalashnikov 65 and/or the Boker Plus Kalashnikov 65 to your wishlist. You will receive an email when these limited edition knives will be available on our site for purchase.
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