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Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
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- Full tang heavy duty field knife suited for camping chores.
- Made in Olean New York, U.S.A
- Designed by Ethan Becker
- Manufactured by KA-BAR Knives Inc.
- Comes with a hard shell black nylon sheath.
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For all those who camp, hunt or spend time afield. The Companion works just as happily splitting out kindling as it does prying apart joints and skinning game, not to mention chopping onions for the campfire chili!.
Bring the KA-BAR Becker Companion Knife and Tool along on your next hunting or camping trip. This lightweight knife features a durable, 1095 cro-van steel blade, perfect for splitting kindling, skinning game, or chopping onions for the campfire grill. This knife features the drop point blade shape and a versatile 20-degree blade angle. The comfortable handle is made from Grivory, providing a balanced grip for any outdoor chore. The flat blade is five and a half inches long and the overall length is ten and a half inches. The knife includes a glass-filled nylon sheath to keep the blade safe and sharp. Made in the USA, the Companion knife and tool is tough enough to handle all your outdoor adventures.
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Bottom Line: There is no such thing as the ultimate survival knife. If you mostly need to split wood, buy an axe. If you mostly need to skin game, carve wooden tools, build traps, slice veggies for camp dinner etc, buy a smaller, more maneuverable knife. If you need to egress a falling building after an earthquake or other unexpected disaster, carry around a wrecking/pry bar. If you mostly need to fight bad guys and zombies during the apocalypse get yourself a gun...
if you can't carry all of those tools around all the time, but hypothetically need to be able to perform those tasks in a pinch, the Ka-Bar BK2 is a good choice... except for fighting- the weight of the knife would be a huge disadvantage in live combat, unless you are fighting slow moving zombies or a sedated peter griffin from family guy...
That being said, this knife is solid; the feel inspires confidence and feels reliable. The blade angle facilitates a variety of uses, and the blade steel is of working class.
I was looking for a knife with a blade length of 4.75-6.25in. for EDC in a get home bag. The idea was to have a knife capable of a variety of urban/rural survival tasks in a pinch.
For survival bush craft, this knife is great for shelter-building. Some reviewers in survivalist forums complained that the length of the blade limited one to batoning smaller logs during shelter building...I don't know what kind of shelters they are building that would require one to process logs thicker than 5in. in diameter...if you have the time and energy to build yourself a LOG CABIN in a SURVIVAL situation then you probably also have a chainsaw... and a pet unicorn to cuddle with for moral support once your log cabin is built... for the rest of us who would need to budget our time and energy during such a situation, this knife is a good option.
The BK2 is great because it is good for many things, but it is not great at any ONE thing. ( read that again if you have to )
Its a fantastic buy for those who, for whatever reason, are confined to carrying one relatively small knife, in a get home bag, but are not too concerned about the added weight .
If you are planning on being in a given situation and your resources enable you, do yourself a favor and get a knife(s) designed with that specific function in mind.
All in all, this is Great knife! but is it great for you?
Really like the molded sheath too, as it's easy to convert it to horizontal hip or behind the back scout carry with a Teklok. And it fits very secure without the need of any kind of safety loop. Just don't follow the youtube video instructions that tell you to cut off the strap and/or pop out the rivets. There's no need to destroy any aspect of the sheath when the Teklok can be attached directly to either side, which is also preferable, as the knife will fit closer, more securely. My only qualm with this knife is the thick black coating. It won't allow you to strike a ferro rod off the spine. And make cutting a little less efficient. They really need to do something when it seems so many recommend striping the finish and either polishing the blade or forcing a patina. I haven't done that yet - planning to put it through more paces first before making alterations that would likely invalidate any warranty. But I've already bought some Jasco, so it's just a matter of time... My BK2 came arm-hair shaving sharp right out the box - which is about as good as one can reasonably expect for a mass produced product these days.
Update 062317: Review updated to include pictures of the sheath with Tek Lok modification.
Update 071217: I think I'm done with customizing this knife. I stripped Beckers stucco-like finish with Jasco paint stripper. Use the foam spraying aerosol can if you can find it - I went with the liquid/gel in a much larger can, because the store was out of the aerosol. For this application, the foam would be easier to use, and based on videos I've watched online, it seems to work better. With the gel the finish didn't peel off like it did in the videos of those who used the aerosol. After soaking it for a half hour, it very easily scraped off with a razor blade. But, because you have to pour out enough gel to basically submerge the blade (handle removed), there's more excess, which means more opportunity for chemical burn. Use a thick pair of rubber gloves, like you would when working with acid, and you'll be fine. It's the clean-up process after that gets a bit worrisome.
After stripping the factory finish, I gave the blade an apple-cider vinegar bath for about two hours, which gave it a nice deep gray patina to help prevent rust. It cuts considerably better with the smooth finish. The blade didn't loose any sharpness in the process, but I honed it to a slightly sharper than factory finish in a few minutes on the Worksharp Guided Sharpening System also, as I'd spent a good amount of time using it before stripping the finish. I used it a little afterwards, and rubbed a thin coat of mineral oil onto the blade afterwards to further prevent rust after washing some dirt off. Oiling the blade makes it look even darker, if that matters to you.
One thing to note, while sheath retention is still just as firm - the blade still didn't fall out of the sheath when violently shaking it upside down - removing the factory finish will make it rattle a lot more. Stuffing a piece of foam inside the sheath should take care of it though.
I opted away from the Tek lok after finding a seller of leather soft-loops - longbranchleather - on the biggest and everybody's most hated auction site (I don't know if amazon allows mention of names so I'll leave it at that). The benefit of the softloop is that you don't have to remove your belt to take the knife on and off. And, when carrying scout, it's much more comfortable to lean against; when you're sitting in a seat, you can even angle the knife for better comfort. I had planned on making an easy kydex ferro rod loop, but with this softloop, it wasn't necessary. Which brings me to firesteel...
Anyone who's tried to make a fire with this or other similar Becker blades, knows you can't strike ferrocerium off the back of the knife. Due to the thick factory finish, the back edge isn't sharp enough. And nobody wants to dull their cutting edge if they don't have to. Stripping the finish will enable you to spark a ferro rod, but not all that well. To really get some sparks you'll need to sand the back down slightly, optimally with a belt sander. That said, for those who don't want to go though the hassle of stripping Becker's stucco rust proofing, Schrade makes an affordable ferro rod (SCHFS1) that's the perfect size for striking in the small half-round notch between the handle and blade edge, which is sharp enough to throw sparks. It's not quite as safe as sparking off the spine of the knife. But the benefit of a rod that's almost the perfect diameter of the half-round notch is that you'll get more surface contact with the rod than you could even scratching a larger rod off the spine. For that reason, I think Schrades small rod is the perfect companion to this knife. With the pictured soft loop and a little shock cord, it's not going anywhere.
If you want a big boy knife... this is for you.
A+ FOR MADE IN THE USA!