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Knife Deep Dive: Boker PO8 Damascus

Check out this interesting mix of military memorabilia and modern knife making: the Böker P08 Damascus!

Not only is this model designed with several aesthetic features reminiscent of the Luger P08 pistol, it is literally made from the steel of these pistols!

The full-tang blade of this compact boat dagger style knife is hand-forged in a boomerang pattern damascus by Chad Nichols, from the steel of Luger P08 barrels. The rosewood handle shells are checkered and held in place with the same construction as the Lugers, to match the original look of the pistol grips. The dark stonewash on the bolsters and pommel gives a nice contrast to the rosewood. The knife comes with a beautiful black leather sheath, fitted with a handy Ulticlip. All handmade and individually numbered by Böker in Solingen and supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

The Pistole Parabellum, commonly known as simply Luger or Luger P08 is a semi-automatic pistol. The design of the P08 was first patented by Georg Luger. It was initially produced as the Parabellum Automatic Pistol, by the German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). The Luger is known for its widespread use by Germany during World War I and World War II, along with the interwar Weimar Republic and the post-war East German Volkspolizei. The Luger was produced from 1898 to 1948 in different models and by different countries.

Did you know that the name Parabellum, which was also in DWM's telegraph address, comes from the Latin phrase "Si vis pacem, para bellum", which means "If you wish for peace, prepare for war."

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