Is the Becker BK2 the Best Survival Knife?

For all those who camp, hunt or spend time afield. The Becker BK2 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!
At the Ka-bar website, this knife is under the Military/Tactical Knives category.
Made in the USA

How KA-BAR Knives Are Made

Making a quality KA-BAR product requires the talent of experienced craftspeople performing dozens of processes with precision and skill. Each knife undergoes specific manufacturing processes to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge.

What you should know

As you hold this knife, you have the overwhelming desire to cut, chop, or destroy something. This knife screams to be used.
What better way to put a knife to the test than to hit the woods and spend some time running it through its paces. You can look at it all day long, but it’s not until you’re in the wilderness that you can get a good feel of a tool like this.

• This knife features a durable, 1095 cro-van steel blade, perfect for splitting kindling, skinning game, or chopping onions for the campfire grill.

• 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 Becker BK2 is tough enough to handle all your outdoor adventures.

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Specifications

Weight: 1.0 lb.
Length: Blade length 5-1/4 Overall length 10-1/2
Grind: flat
Shape: Drop Point
Handle Material: Grivory
Stamp: KA-BAR Becker
Edge Angle: 20 Degrees
Steel: 1095 Cro-Van
Country Mft’d: Knife Made in USA, Sheath Made in Taiwan

In order to keep your KA-BAR knives in the best condition possible, here are a few recommended tips for care and sharpening

* Wipe blades after use with a dry, soft cloth.
* If knives are exposed to salt water, wash with mild dish detergent, rinse with tap water, then wipe with a dry, soft cloth.

* Treat blades with a light coating of oil before storing. Neets foot, honing, or boot oil is recommended.
* Store knives in a dry area.

* Keep knives sharp by touching up edges as needed.
* Most KA-BAR knives can be sharpened using an Arkansas stone or commonly available sharpening system.
* Most knives can easily be touched up using a coarse or hard stone.
* When bringing back a very dull edge a coarse or hard stone should be used first, followed by a finer, softer stone.
* Knives made with D2 steel require diamond or ceramic sharpeners.
* Knives should at no time be sharpened on a belt sander or bench grinder. These machines ruin a factory-sharpened edge.

Before you decide to get this knife, read what actual owners think about the Becker BK2

If you are looking for something light. Don’t buy it.
If you are looking for something that is rust-proof and requiring no blade maintenance, don’t buy it.

• If you are looking for the sturdiest, most durable blade in a survival/camping knife, get this one. You can chop a 4″ birch to the ground with this knife. Yet, you can get the thing as sharp as you want. It has no peer when it comes to the amount of abuse it can take. It is well worth the money. Get yourself one.

• The knife was very easy to use. Having the blade run right up to the handle, adds great comfort and control. I never sharpened the knife during my a week-long field trip, and it still shaved paper at the end. It really was very close to the “out of the box edge”. I feel this knife represents a very well thought out design.

• This is a fantastic knife for an unbelievable price. I would highly recommend anyone looking for this type of tool, to take a close look at the Becker BK2 from Ka-Bar. It Rocks!!

• What can I say; “K-Bar” has been making reliable products, right here in the USA, for a very long time. I showed my brother the first one I bought; And it wound up in his collection (as a birthday gift). My second one is in my BOB for any and all of my hunting & camping needs.

A quick video review

Watch the Becker BK2 in action splitting some wood for the fire
This worked more efficiently than the axe.

To read more reviews visit the Becker BK2

For those who’ve ever wondered what the heck “Ka-Bar” means…

There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper in the mid-1920’s. This particular fur trapper’s testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company.

He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him.
In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was “k a bar”.
The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.

Want to know who sells the Becker Campanion?

The Becker BK2 is not for sale in some specific zip codes. Check your local laws first.

You can get it at the Ka-Bar website for around $100.

Last time I checked Amazon, it was $55 there.
But do not take my word, check for yourself how much the Becker BK2 is today.


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October 24, 2010

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