I Love My Knife
"Your knife is great!!! It stays now in my cockpit permanently
All the best"
Jean Luc Van Den Heede
Famed French sailor
Sailed 4 times around the world alone
It really is an amazing blade on the high tech ropes
"The story goes that one night we were having a dinner at our place after leg one in England and we were all hanging out talking about stuff and Sergio showed his Boye knife to Cedric. When Cedric saw it he fell in love so I told him the story of where it came from and he got so into it that I gave mine (Boye Knife) to him which was in my pocket as it always was.
Boye Knives are very cool and I am definitely in need of another."
Brad Van Liew
Winner, Around Alone 2003, Class II
What great knives!!!
What great knives!!! Absolutely the best I've ever used. It would definitely have been helpful had I had these when making the World Record as the "oldest person to circumnavigate solo."
Yesterday I had to make about 15 cuts in some 1/2 inch yacht braid for new running rigging. It was absolutely amazing how cleanly and quickly your Boye knives zipped through that 1/2 inch line. Over the years I have worn out a half-dozen Swiss Army knives and none of them ever performed as good as your knives.
So I wanted to write a short note and tell you that if anyone has any questions about how practical and useful these knives are on a yacht, they can just give me a call. They are the ultimate in simplicity and yet totally effective. Personally, I can't see any serious long-range cruising sailor leaving port without his Boye knife. Congratulations on a super product."
David B. Clark
"Mickey" & "Mollie Milar"
Oldest person to circumnavigate solo
"I bought my first Boye folder a year ago and now the only place I go without it is to bed and on air-planes. I soon bought three more to give to friends who live on the sea and they love them. The fact is that these are the best marine knives I've ever found. They're strong, cut so long I'm constantly amazed and they show no sign of corrosion though they'll sit in my drysuit for days at a time.
At just 2.5 oz, they mark the end of a long search for the ideal sea kayakers knife."
- Author: Sea Kayaking, A manual for Long Distance Touring
-Founding editor of Sea Kayaker Magazine
-Co-producer of the video series "Seamanship for Kayakers".
During the 1970s and 80s, John and his wife Beatrice were listed in the Guinness Book of records for the longest open sea voyage by sea kayak. Canoe Magazine named him as one of the twelve most influencial individuals in North American Paddlesports.
"Hello to the good people of Boye Knives. I wanted to provide you with a little feedback following my own real world torture testing.
You may not recall but I was perhaps one of the harder sells at the Pacific Sail boat show.
I am the Vice President for Southern Ocean Ropes - A New Zealand based performance rope manufacturer.
I regularly have the task of assembling several dozen rope bundles for US customers, each being an assembly of 12 - 14 high tech fiber ropes and each requiring a total of about 30 cuts to keep it looking nice.
In the past I have resorted to a stainless steel filleting knife and a stone. Sawing my way through a 3 inch diameter bundle. I have also dulled numerous ceramic knives costing double what your retails for.
Your product not only has its original edge but continues to give me a very clean cut (and a very effortless cut) each and every time. It makes a tough job that much easier.
In my line of work, a sharp knife in your pocket is key. Customers do not want to see you hacking your way through a rope. And they do not want to look at a bundle of fuzz where the end of the rope should be.
I have a very critical eye for performance and want you to know that your product has exceeded my expectations. I will be recommending your knife to fellow torturers of the blade."
Vice President - Cordage
Southern Ocean Ropes - A Maxwell Marine Company
These knives passed the Kodiak Test
"The purpose of writing this is to tell you a Boye knife story. Several days ago I was on my way home after visiting a friend who lives on a boat in the Kodiak harbor. As I walked past several hundred commercial fishing boats, I came across several crew members who were assigned to maintenance duties after their crabber had finished a season and returned to port.
Part of their job was to trim or replace any worn lines (ropes) that may have been damaged during the season. They were trying to cut a piece of Spectra - an abrasion resistant line used in the commercial fishing business. They had already turned the edges of a half dozen fillet knives. One man had a Cold Stell Tanto with a laminated blade - he was trying to pound the blade through with a halibut gaff handle - didn't make a mark. The other gentleman had a Spyderco Marniner (probably the most common folder on Kodiak Island). He sawed and sawed, and he did wear a few fibers, but even though his knife was fully serrated, the edge rolled over almost the full length of the blade.
Next, I pulled out my new Boye Pointed Tip, and they laughed. One of them made a comment about my "lady's knife." It took a few strokes, but the knife went right through the Spectra. I spent the next ten minutes reciting your brochure.
Your knives have definitely passed the Kodiak test - thanks much for a fine product."
Kokiak Island, Alaska
And many more...
"I've used the knife for almost 1 year (6400 miles sailing). It's the best knife I have. Sharp, keeps its edge and no rust. It's light weight & comfortable to use. I'll probably buy another one."
"In an emergency, one stroke of your boat knife severed a 5/8" dockline. It prevented a multi-thousand dollar boat collision."
"I spent this weekend sailing & got several opportunties to use my new knife. I am thoroughly impressed and have to admit I am sorry I didn't buy at least one more."
"I had one time where I had to release a towed boat RIGHT NOW, and the line was jammed in the cleat. I pulled my Boye out of my pocket and promptly dropped it. No big deal, you have lanyard loops on your knives, and I use lanyards. Every feature of your folder, even minor ones like lanyard loops are a precise match with the perfect sailing knife. The truly big deal was when I touched that tow line under tension with your knife, it didn’t just cut the line, it glided through it effortlessly. My situation wasn’t really that dire, but sometimes a simple act like cutting a line can make all the difference. I have no doubt your knives have prevented bad luck from turning deadly. It’s no exaggeration to say a Boye knife at hand can save lives. My very best wishes for your return to making the best sailing knives on this blue Earth [from our Dec '14 fire]."
"As you suggested, I tried it and it's amazing. I couldn't believe it! Great product!"
"No sailor should be on a boat on the ocean without a Boye knife tied to them."
"Excellent knife, head and shoulders above the competition. The marlinspike is really good."
"Awesome knife! A dock-mate was staring at the torsion line for his new top-down furler, wondering what the heck he was going to use to cut it to the proper length. I offered him my Boye cobalt folder (in truth, I wondered if it was truly up to such a job, the line had to be at least 3/4” in diameter and looked as tough as steel cable)…well, it cut it clean in one easy slice. He couldn’t believe his eyes, and I must say I was also impressed. And now I have absolute confidence it can cut any line I have on board!"
"Thank you very much - I really do appreciate your customer service and will pass on the word about your firm and its excellent product. We have been cruising full-time on a sailboat during the last 5 years and your knives are an essential part of our equipment."
"Great knife! I wish I'd found you ten years ago!"
"I even did a test on some 550 cord, as I was making a lanyard for the blunt tip blade, which I will be carrying on the water. The spear point with the straight blade cut the 550 so nice and fine. When I made a second cut with another knife [not a Boye], I was amazed at how frayed the ends got from the cut. I made a few more cuts of the 550 with my New Boye, and love how straight and fine the blade cuts, like a razor or surgical scalpel. I am so happy I found you guys…"
"Over the years I've slowly collected your knives for their functionality. As a sailor these have "saved my bacon" a number of times, and given me a sense of security knowing I could cut any line at any time....On the boat, they are as utilitarian as my screwdriver, only 1000X more awesome."
"JP loves the knife because it is slender and has a low profile. When we actually used it to cut a sheet we both stood there with mouths agape and I think we both exclaimed, “HOLY S—T! That was awesome.” And then we stood inspecting the new ends."
"I am so pleased and proud that such a great product is made here in the USA! Great design and execution."
"Well, I have had my knife for a month and all I can say is WOW! I wanted to give it a good break in period before I wrote you. I should have ordered one years ago. It’s my new 'daily driver.'"
"I can't tell you enough how satisfied I am with the Boye knives I own. I use my sailing version all the time as I sail commercially, and every chance I can I tell folks about you. I just love that I don't have to even think about rinsing it off and it just sits in my dry bag between uses. It is always on my person when I'm working either as a kayak guide or on our 25 ft trimaran. It's just a fantastic tool."
"Overall, an excellent knife! Blade shape & quality great. Belt clip & lanyard shackle good features. Good handle shape & good lock."
"…You still make one of the best knives around. I own about 10 Boye knives, some folding some in sheaths, and some kitchen cutlery. Your work is part of my life. If you are a working person there is not better knife made. I have carried the same [Boye] knife with me for the last 30 years….I think it was Mark Twain that said 'never leave home without a pencil, some writing paper, and a good knife, preferably a Boye.' Okay, maybe those weren’t his exact words.”
"Great knife - no rust!"
"I have a large and small C.R. Sebenza, many Benchmade, Spyderco's, Mods and one Mission Knife, but I always find myself grabbing the Boye knife out of the drawer - I love this knife!!!"
"Great overall knife. Blade is wonderful and makes excellent cuts."
"Very happy. Surprised at how lightweight and thin the knife is. Love the sheepsfoot."
"This has been my light rig knife for 18 months (and 40,000 sea miles) as a deckhand on the square rigger Picton Castle. It has served me admirably and holds an edge far better than the Spyderco Salt it replaced. Thanks for making an awesome knife!"
"Great knife, my favorite on the water or anywhere."
"It really is THE BEST POCKETKNIFE I've ever had...thanks for making such a great companion tool; this really is an achievement, one fine advancement for the 21st century, and I for one am glad to experience it in my lifetime."
"My knife arrived within three days of my order and I have enjoyed a fortnight of varied use since then. This knife has fulfilled all my fondest hopes and expectations for a knife for sailing, kayaking, canoeing and camping. Early cuts of synthetic rope put her to a test which seemed, for her, no more difficult than slicing sausage (which she has also been asked to do though cooking tasks are beneath her class and pedigree)."
"I Love It!!"
"I wanted to share my experience with your knife and encourage you to expand your marketing into scuba diving. I am an avid sail boat racer and diver The knife I purchased from you a decade ago has been on at least 400 scuba dives as well as weekly sailboat races during the season in San Francisco (April - October). That’s a lot of contact with salt water and the knife looks pretty much like new. Amazing. I’ve shown it to other divers and they always want to know where to buy one. The design requirements for sailing and diving are really the same. Corrosion resistant, easy to open, ability to cut lines, and safer to carry. Best of luck."
"I edc (every day carry) a Cobalt-bladed Boye folder for the past 10+ years…exceptional….I dig weeds out of the yard, cut virtually anything, and NEVER have to worry about oxidation on any part of my knife."
"After 50 years - 3 or 4 Currey Lock Spikes, I bought a Boye. Fantastic!"
"I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your blades. I always have my original sheepsfoot folder on my person no matter where I go. It has served me without fail through a tour in Afghanistan and countless other adventures, military and law enforcement. I never leave the dock without this knife and use it constantly while voyaging. I even carry it with me when I’m out surfing too, I’m currently sailing the South Pacific. Having arrived in New Zealand after landfalls in Tonga and Fiji this folder has logged close to 10,000 nautical miles with anymore to follow. The knife continues to perform flawless with little to no maintenance on my part other than the occasional light touchup on the edge.”
"Knife was a birthday gift from my wife along with 2 Coach belts, but the knife rules!"
"This is an excellent product!"
"I carry this knife 24/7 and it never fails me. I have yet to see another knife out cut it. I also tie a lot of different decorative knots and the marlinspike on this knife is invaluable."
"Good tool. Lightweight. Simple."
"I'm just now able to send you a note to thank you very kindly for the knife you supplied for the New England Ropes Annual Splice-Off this year at the Annapolis Sailboat Show. I've been using it out in the field and am very impressed. It's one of the most comfortable "fitting" knives that I've used and I've been sailing and rigging for almost 25 years. I'm glad that you were so kind to offer your product as a prize in the competition; I would have never known what a fine knife this was otherwise. Thank You!"
"Have ordered three knives from you over the years for myself and as gifts. They are the finest knives I have ever owns - razor sharp, hold an edge, and cut with the greatest of ease. We use them sailing and would not want to set sail without one. Thanks again for your really exceptional product."
"You make a quality product. The microstructure of your knife alloys is interesting.
"…I am in need of more of your Cobalt knives. They are not the fastest sellers, but for the customer who wants the very best, they are the knife we sell them….Thank you for your noted contribution to the world of cutlery and all the best." Brian Huegel, owner, Country Knives, famous knife shop in Amish country, Intercourse, PA
"Very nice craftmanship - don't change a thing."
"We like the knife so much thinking about purchasing another one!"
"Great customer service!!"
"Carried my previous one for 25 years until it went to the bottom of Lake Ontario last week. I don’t have a rush but I’ve got to have a new one’ best EDC (Every Day Carry) I’ve ever had. Thank you for the great design and product!!" George Hock Rochester NY
"Most impressive - cuts hi-tech line better than anything else at Fays Chandlery, e.g. V-100."
"Like the lightness of knife; can be operated with one hand; fits easily on belt clip."
"Thank you for all the input, tracking trouble, etc. Rare, good people, good product and good service."
"I'm very impressed. I like the look, feel & finish."
"I am so impressed with the knife I own and am yet to see any of my colleagues in my rescue unit have a knife that is superior, won’t corrode, and does not need sharpening as often (mine has not seen a sharpening stone ever). I have had to use it to cut a 14 mm piece of silver rope that was holding a 9 mm Kevlacat against a wharf (tide had dropped). One cut did the job. My first folder I purchased from you is still in use at least once a month on our rescue vessels and is mainly used for maintaining the working lines on the vessel. I haven’t had to even re-tension the blade screw for folding and it is cutting as good as the day I received it. I am also an amateur fisherman and nothing comes close to cutting braided fishing line so neatly as my folder. I am so very pleased with it."
"Service is as great as the knife."
"I own 12 of your knives and love every one…"
"I love this knife! It's my all-time favorite!"
"Thanks again for producing one of the most reliable devices on my boat."
"I’m proud to own a couple of your exceptional knife and am quite enjoying making German oceanographers and sailors jealous over here!"
"Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks and praise on the receipt of my first “Boye” knife! The quality is first rate and I love the tactile feel of the cobalt!"
"After I bought one of your knives for me, I liked it so much that …. I couldn’t help but buy 3 more to give to my kids for Christmas presents. I am hoping that they will become family heirlooms."
"Your knives are beautiful in form and function. I own several…thank you. The Boye dent rocks."
"Beautifully functional works of art…thanks for making the best boating knife on the planet and for incredible customer service."
"I received them Saturday. Very impressive! I can’t get over how lightweight they are, especially with the edge retention they will have. Thanks again!"
"I wanted to let you know that I really like the knife you sent me! Things I appreciated were: lightweight and slim, super sharp and very hard blade, no rust, marlinspike gives an extra tool, titanium loop cannot rotate all the way around and foul the blade when closing, belt clip for when you don’t have pockets…Thanks for the best pocket knife I have ever had!"
"This is Matt, the manager of Alaska Knifeworks….I have been an avid supporter of your knives since we started carrying them and have given about a dozen of them away as gifts…" Matt Chavez, former General Manager, Alaska Knifeworks
"Thank you, Mr. Boye, great fan of your work. I bought my son one of your knives and he carries it every day!"
"Thanks very much for your service and your great knife! It’s fantastic…"
"I’m very happy to finally order this knife. I’ve been wanting one for quite awhile."
"Thanks for producing American goods.”
"….You make the best. Thanks for the superior product."
"Dad mentioned that he really liked your knives a few years ago, but when I went to order it for him the factory was burned [our shop fire in Dec, '14]. He forgot about it I think so it was a real surprise. He’s an aerospace engineer and doesn’t get emotional over things. He could have bought one if he wanted to, but has always felt guilty buying an expensive thing for himself so I ordered it and got with my brothers and sisters to pay for it. I think it nearly made his eyes tear up and he doesn’t do that. They said his face lit up when they handed it to him. He later told me that it was the best present he’d ever received in his life. He was so happy."
"I hope this finds you well and that you are making progress in restoring your business [after the fire of Dec 2014]. Your knives are the very best that I use and I cannot accept the possibility that the supply is threatened. Please let me know how you are doing and the status of my order. Thank you."
"I’ve had and used many, many different fixed blade knives, but the Basic 3 was by far the fave of them all. It just WANTS to cut....Slices right through paracord, straps, whatever. I might’ve rehoned it 2 or 3 times in the year and a half I’ve had it, so every 6 months of use isn’t too shabby."
"Wonderful stuff you make! Best ever."
"My new knife has arrived. I am thrilled. To me it represents an extremely high level of industrial artistry. In short, it's gorgeous. Thank you for your exemplary customer service. I have no doubt my new knife will provide many years of most excellent service."
"I have your sheath knife [Basic 3] and recently did 1600 miles offshore from Thunderbolt GA to BVI - we were in and through tropical storm Bonnie for 13 days. The only concerns I had about the knife was whether the Airline was going to let me check it on the way home!! Beautiful, necessary piece of passage equipment. Thanks!"
"I’m a fisherman and the knife is a perfect tool. It was a gift from my dad."
"Love this knife, sharp and tough as the devil! Thank you!"
"I love my Boye knife! It has been super reliable and I love showing it off to all new crew that I encounter".
"I love your knives. They’re unique one of a kind beautifully functional works of art. I am using mine every day on the boat now and also have my wife comfortable using the yellow folder. The fixed blade knife is in the galley and another on my belt when I am fishing. Again, thanks for making such great tools for all of us who enjoy time on the water."
"I have to say, these are really very nice knives. I am very pleased with both and am happy I chose both style blades. They’re nice and light, function with the one hand opening, and are tight. I really like their simple utility design! They also feel very comfortable in my hand. Well balanced."
"An elegant & simple knife. Perfect. Web order process - excellent."
"Love your products! Thanks!"
"Your knives are THE BEST! I've been using my folder in coastal zone field work around the world, to the great envy of my colleagues. Thanks."
"I received the knife today. It’s amazing!"
"Best knife I’ve ever owned. Bought my son one for Christmas last year!!!"
"I bought one of your pointed tip folders and I’m astonished at how good it is. Far better than I had anticipated. “
"First and foremost, thank you for producing such excellent products! I purchased a folding knife from the secondary market for a Boye Scout trip to Florida Sea Base with my son. The knife is phenomenal, handled every situation with excellence and was a pleasure to carry and use. I gave the knife to my son, and purchased another for myself through your website. You have father and son customers for life."
"Just a few lines to let you know that the knife I ordered arrived today. Allow me to say that it is a fine piece of workmanship and I find it superior to any other boat folding knife I ever came across!"
"My knife came last week. Wow! What an outstanding piece of work. The craft and the attention to detail really shows and a test run sheared through an 11mm no stretch line effortlessly. I’m sure it will be a valuable companion while I’m on the water this year. Thank you for such a beautiful product."
"…love, love, love my Boye knives!"
"You make a terrific product and I very much appreciate the practicality, the craftsmanship, and the performance."
"Looking forward to being a lifelong customer to you."
"Your beautiful folder just arrived. Thank you! No one makes a knife like you guys."
"Bought one of your folders last year. Love it, keep up the good work."
"It's a great edge and one I count on cutting in a jam."
"I appreciated the follow-up e-mail on my order - a nice personal touch. Great product!"
"Liked it so much we ordered one as a gift for our sailor-friend."
"I was a Benchmade man - but now it is Boye all the way."
"Great knife! Very sharp! I would recommend it to my friends."
"I think the knife is a great product! Ordering was easy."
"I often have one in a pocket for utility use, but always have a sheepsfoot clipped to my harness."
"The knife is nicely put together and is as light as a feather."
"Thanks for a beautiful knife."