The Smatchet combat knife was first designed by Rex Applegate and William Fairbairn for use by the British special forces during WWII. With its large, leaf shape and sharp, dual-edged blade, it offered a hardy alternative to the smaller stilettos that were also being used at the time. That being said, at over 16 inches in length, it’s not exactly what you’d call pocketable.
Or rather, it wasn’t before Böker gave it a 21st-century reboot. Dubbed the ‘Pocket Smatchet,’ it’s effectively a modern reimagination of the iconic wartime fighting knife that’s been scaled down and given a liner lock folding design. In practice, this means that it measures a compact 9.25 inches when open, with a 3.74-inch spearpoint blade made from stonewash-finished VG-10 and featuring an ambidextrous thumb stud. And when it comes to the handle, Böker has used some green canvas micarta scales for a secure grip, as well as a sculpted pocket clip and a lanyard hole for convenient carry. At 7.03oz, it’s no lightweight; but it’s still a far cry more manageable than its namesake (which weighed nearly 1.5lbs). You can pre-order it today for $110 with shipping estimated for March 19th.