Boker Magnum Bailey Ziel II Review: Oh My God, What A Beautiful Throwing Knife!

Ziel II

When your Ziel II arrives and you first lay eyes upon it, the only thought to cross your mind is…

“Oh.  My.  God.”

“Sweet.  Precious Heart of Jesus.  My Lord.”

This is a beautiful knife.  Absolutely stunning.  Even if you never threw it, and all you did was take it out of the box and lay your eyes upon it, caress it, and send it straight into storage…your life would be more complete because of it.

Features & Stats

Boker’s Magnum line of throwing knives has a lot of great designs, and the most popular one I’ve seen is the Ziel II, designed by the legendary John Bailey.  It’s big and sleek.  Long and heavy.

And thick.

Impossibly thick.

This polished 420 J2 stainless steel blade is 7 1/8” in length, and overall it’s 13 1/4 inches.  Weight is 14 ounces, and the blade thickness is a whopping ¼ of an inch.

The handle is inlaid on either side with a row of what appear (in the photos) to be rivets or perhaps eyelet holes, but these holes don’t actually go all the way through the handle, like the ones on most other throwing knives.  They’re more like little pockets.

It comes with a leather sheath with strap.  You can also get it as a triple set with a triple-pocket sheath and save big bucks.

It’s got John Bailey’s signature and caricature engraved on it, along with “Ziel II Designed by JOHN BAILEY.”

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Performance

Professional and tournament throwers love this thing, and the reason is obvious: it performs as awesomely as it looks.

The Bailey Ziel II is perfectly balanced for blade and handle throwing, giving it a smooth, even rotation.  The deep long slots along the midline of each side of the blade create a useful guide for aligning your fingertips and giving you a more consistent grip and finger placement on each throw.  That translates into more consistent and accurate throws.

Drawbacks?

While the blade is not indestructible, it is very durable for a stainless steel knife.  However, it’s not so durable that I can just wrap up this review without talking about it.

Don’t forget that this is stainless steel, and it is susceptible to bending or breaking.  How is this possible with a ¼” piece of metal?  Well, 80% of the knife is that thick, but the last 2-3 inches of the blade taper down to a 1mm tip.

Our Ziel’s tip got slightly bent on the first day, due to some really bad throws and bounces.  Hard wood and stainless steel are a bad combination.  Anyways, hundreds of throws later, it has maintained its strength and shape and that tip hasn’t moved a hair.  But maybe someday we’ll bend it back, I guess.

Do I regret getting the Ziel, even though it got bent?  No way.  Ask anybody who has one.  It’s a sweet throwing knife.

Boker Magnum Bailey Ziel II (single knife with leather sheath)

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Boker Magnum Bailey Ziel II (triple set with leather sheath)

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