- Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
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- Item model number: BKR16-BRK
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Ka-Bar Becker Knife with Drop Point, Short
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- Short drop point
- Category name: neck knives
- Made in USA or imported
- Modestly sized field knife perfect for belt or pack carry
- Made as a solid one piece design
- Blade's upper edge has a convenient ridged thumb serration area to help with control during pressure cutting
- Knife has been flat ground to maintain strong edge retention
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The Becker Short Drop Point Knife is a solid one piece design. It is the perfect size for most tasks without being cumbersome. Clip Point Blade. Full Tang Construction. Black Epoxy Powder Coat. Includes extra set of handles. Includes Cordura sheath.
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That being said, I love this knife! The second I had it in my hand it just felt "right". The ergonomics of the handle are great. It sharpens relatively easily. The design of the blade allows it be slim enough to be a good slicer, but beefy enough to handle some batoning. It quickly became my every day carry knife. I work in landscaping and typically use this knife in the place of pruning shears. It can handle bigger branches and is more versatile than pruning shears. But I'm a little bias because I'm a "knife guy" any way. I also love that it has a flat grind as opposed to a scandi grind or a saber grind.
The knife is fine out of the box, but if you want a really nice bk16 I would recommend some modifications to push it to the next level. On my knife I stripped the coating off of the blade to reduce drag while cutting. I put a grey patina on the blade by dipping it into boiling white vinegar. I also re-profiled my edge at a 15 degree angle, and replaced the handle scales with the micarta scales that ka-bar sales. I then dyed the scales with the Rit brand of dye that is sold at Walmart. The stock scales are amazingly ergonomic, but are too slick for me. The micarta scales give the knife better grip, and a classier look. If you don't want to buy new scales but want to increase the grip then you could just put some "ranger bands" around the handle, or grind some groves into it with a dremel tool. Last, I made a leather sheath for it because I'm just not a fan of the sheath that it comes with. The sheath feels bulky for such small knife, and has too much of military style look for my tastes. I'll try to put some pics up of the knife in use and after modification.
Pros: knife is solid, has flat grind, comes with a thick protective coating, has amazing ergonomics, is reasonably priced, has a great blade design, is made of good materials, has after market scales and sheaths for sale.
Cons: handle scales are slick, comes with a protective coating that is a bit thick, has less than impressive sheath
Over all I think this knife is amazing for the price. Even with out the modifications I feel like this is the closest you can get to perfection for the price. I would recommend this knife to any one who is looking for a full tang bushcraft or EDC knife under $100. Are there better knives on the market? Sure there are, but get ready to pay an extra $50-$100.
Out of the Box:
This knife held true to the Becker norms, sharp out of the box, and requiring some minor scale adjustment to re-align them with the tang
Although this is one of the "smaller" Beckers the 4 3/8" blade is long and robust enough to handle moderately sized branches with ease (further facilitated by the FFG version in my opinion). When building a fire I prefer to use small split kindling as opposed to twigs (they light quicker in my experience)
-Chopping and Bucking
Due to the small size of the knife any serious processing of larger pieces of wood is best left to larger blades, It can do some very light chopping but it doesn't have the requisite forward weight or length for any real chopping. This being said this knife is well paired with a larger knife or an axe.
-Feather sticks and tinder making
With a little time on the stone, strop, or system; the 16 takes a hair popping edge quite well, and given the skills needed it can make a very fine feather stick. Additionally it is quite handy for gathering dry grasses and fatwood where a larger knife requires a little more user dexterity.
The only edge you could use to strike a ferro rod with from the factory is the cutting edge which is undesirable for obvious reasons. With a little work from a file you could square off a section of the spine quite easily.
Game processing and Cooking:
It'll get the job done fine but you have to be pretty careful with it. I prefer a smaller blade especially for the small game that I processed with it (some grey and red squirrels) Might be easier to use for larger game but It would still require a careful hand you have more blade than you think when you're in tight.
This has become my go to camp kitchen knife (and kinda my go to kitchen knife when I'm home too) it slices very well and does a good job with veggies and fruits. its pretty Ideally sized for most tasks, just enough blade for most things and not so much that you feel like your running out of cutting board (I usually split a slab off of some firewood and use it as a cutting board for the weekend when I'm camping)
Carving and Crafts:
I turned out a decent spatula and spoon on a trip late September but I think that they got hucked into the fire or "borrowed"
Overall a very use/abuse able knife seems like it just eats up whatever I throw at it. The edge retention is decent (as are all the 1095cv knives) and the coating was tough as nails (took a while to strip it off)
-Attention to detail
For a mass produced knife it was excellent, the grind is symmetrical, coating was even, and judging by how it sharpens, the temper is very even.
I bought mine for ~$70 and In my opinion worth every cent. For under 70 dollars you're getting a well made knife, two sets of scales and an above average sheath.
Pro's and Con's
Good Edge Retention
The only real issue I had was the thinness of the handles and that Is pretty easily fixed with liners or custom scales.
I much prefer the Esee Laser Strike over this. The handle is about a 1/2" longer so it fits my large hands better. The spear point of the Laser Strike is perfect for utility work and just about anything else. The drop point of the Becker is just a bit less perfect. My humble opinion.
The Esee is a better made knife, but it costs more. So, if you are going to change the scales and sheath on the BK then I would say get the Laser Strike. Better handle and better sheath right out of the box. The Esee also has better ergonomics by far.