Information on a Boker 501 Hunting Knife

by Jeremiah Blanchard

Boker, a company located in Solingen, Germany, has been producing quality pocket knives, fixed blades and kitchen knives since 1869. The Boker Arbolito model 501 knife is no longer produced by Boker, but is considered a fixed-blade skinning knife used primarily by hunters, trappers and taxidermists.


The Boker Arbolito 501 skinning knife is made with high-grade Solingen stainless steel, and polished to a mirror finish. The blade has a curved edge or "belly" and is 1.5 inches in width at its widest point. The length of the blade is 3.5 inches. Due to the primary use of this knife, skinning game animals, the blade is forged/beveled to help maintain a sharp edge so that it performs well.

Boker 501 Features

The Boker 501 skinning knife is 8 3/4 inches in total length from handle base to knife tip. The brown handle by itself is 5 1/4 inches in length and is made from a synthetic material known as Bakelite. A brass bolster/guard is positioned at the top of the handle, just before the blade. The knife is inlaid with the signature Boker "Treebrand" logo on both the blade and on the handle.

The 500 Series

The Boker company started producing its 500 series of knives in the 1980s. The original series included one folding knife and four fixed-blade knives, including the model 501 skinning knife. The original Boker 501 was manufactured and purchased with a custom tan leather sheath.

General Use

The Boker 501 is popular as a midsize skinning knife. The 3.5-in. blade has a deep belly for slicing through thick tissue and getting around hard-to-reach curves. The handle is longer than most skinning knives for ergonomic comfort. This feature is especially helpful when you need to apply firm pressure or leverage to cut through thicker tissues, or separate bones from ligaments.