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Company History

During WW II the contact to USA died. The Solingen factory was completely destroyed with no remaining machines, tools, catalogues or samples. The few old originals we have at our disposal today survived the war in private ownership and were provided to us. The company also lost one of its most precious commodities: the tree-brand registration was seized according to US law. John Boker jr. bought it in New York to save it for the further sale of American and German products. Soon after the war new life began to wake in the destroyed factory. The former craftsmen came back and helped to reconstruct buildings and production and to regain the high standard of quality.

Restoring their business relationship to Solingen the American cousins placed first orders. Within a few years Boker New York was the principal customer again. The models 7588, 7474 and the old flagship model 182 couldn´t cross the ocean fast enough to reach Böker friends all over the country.

In the early 1960s Boker USA was sold to the well-known scissors-manufacturer Wiss & Sons, who kept up the production of Böker knives to sell them with Solingen products. Böker scissors disappeared from the market, being a competitor to Wiss. In the early 1970s Wiss sold to the multinational Cooper Industries. For Böker this change proved benificial, generating a close business and personal relationship with Cooper, who restored the name of Böker to its former greatness. During the eight years this active relationship lasted, Solingen was able to rationalise production and develop new modern products. Today Böker offers the broadest range of sports and collector´s knives with an anmatched variety of blade and handle materials.

Cooper stopped their own knife-production in 1983. Actual models are still in production in Solingen. Three years later Solingen reacquired the rights for the Ameriacan brand as a result of friendly negotiations with Cooper and was therfore in the position to enter the huge American market. In July 1986 Boker USA, Inc. was established in Denver, Colorado with Chuck Hoffmann, one of the original team members, still in position as general manager with a young and flexible team.

Böker LogoBöker ows its high importance in the South American markets in Argentina, Chlie and Mexico to the able men of the Böker family who worked for us there in the 19th and 20th centuries. The current trademark includes the labels TREEBRAND and ARBOLITO. Due to the extreme economic and political fluctuations in Argentina the good name of ARBOLITO was on the verge of falling into oblivion. In 1983 Böker Arbolito S.A. was established in cooperation with the Salzmann family, specialising chiefly on household and working knives. Thanks to constant rationalising and product range extension the Buenos Aires company is able to enter worldwide competition with selected products today.

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