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Blade HQ Exclusive Boker Ridgeback Elite

Blade HQ announced the pre-order for the exclusive Boker Ridgeback Elite, a carbon fiber/smokewash version of the production Boker Ridgeback.

The Boker Ridgeback is the production version of the now retired custom Ridgeback by Bill Coye (the custom Ridgeback was replaced by the ForeRunner). The production Rideback is made from 440C steel, and is a fantastic deal with street prices around $55. The Blade HQ exclusive Ridgeback Elite is essentially a “pimped” production Boker Ridgeback – the G10 handles were replaced with carbon fiber, and the blade has a smokewash finish to give it an all blacked out look.

The Ridgeback Elite is a limited number serialized run of 250 knives.

Boker Ridgeback Elite

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In only a few short years, Bill Coye has gone from new knife maker to one of the most in-demand makers in the business. The Ridgeback is the one that started it all and it isn’t slowing down!

Blade HQ is pleased to present the exclusive Boker Ridgeback Elite. We took the standard Ridgeback and added premium deluxe contoured carbon fiber handles to give it a seriously wicked look and feel. The blade sports a “smokewash” finish that compliments the carbon fiber handles and really rounds out the whole design and feel of the knife. Almost feels like a full-on custom! These are a limited serial numbered run. The first shipment will only be 250 knives.

The Bill Coye designed Ridgeback is small enough for comfortable belt carry, but also large enough to have a regular, full handle and to provide the “adult man’s hand” enough blade for heavier work. The Kydex sheath comes with a belt carry clip that can be used in different positions. A true all-rounder that can be used for many different tasks. The handles are milled carbon fiber with a smokewash finished 440C stainless steel clip point blade.

If you’re interested in reserving one, head on over to Blade HQ.

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12 Responses to Blade HQ Exclusive Boker Ridgeback Elite

  1. Jeff May 29, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    It’s showing up for $109.99, am I missing something? In the article it says $55

    • Brandon May 29, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      The Boker Ridgeback is ~$55, the Boker Ridgeback Elite is ~$110.

  2. Matt Helm May 29, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    That’s hawt!!

  3. Matt Helm May 29, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Jeff, that’s for the original version – the new handle material and blade finish is going to be higher.

  4. Jeremy Bates May 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Have they improved the production sheath for this model?

    • Brandon May 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      Doesn’t look like it from the photos.

      • bang May 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

        I remember you guys posting a beautiful Ridgeback / sheath combo. Where did that sheath come from? I believe it was an inside the waistband carry

        • Brandon May 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

          You can get aftermarket sheaths for the Boker Ridgeback several places, one of which is Armordillo Concealment.

          • bang May 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

            Thanks brother,

            That website offers what they refer to as “soft loops”. Any preference or recommendations as far as that goes?

          • Brandon May 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

            I prefer soft loops for horizontal carry. Check out my Ridgeback review for how I carry my Ridgeback with soft loops. It’s a great EDC setup.

          • bang May 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

            Great review, I’m sold. I have been looking for a new edc fixed blade. When that knife comes in (just pre-ordered) I will give it a go. Thanks for your insight, much appreciated

  5. TK May 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm #