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KA-BAR Becker BK2 Review 

Ka-Bar Becker BK2

KA-BAR Becker BK2 and sheath 

  • Blade: Fixed drop point 20-degree edge angle
  • Steel: 1095 cro-van 
  • Handle scales: Grivory (thermoplastic synthetic polymer) 
  • Blade length: 5.25 inches
  • Blade Thickness: 0.25 inches
  • Knife length: 10.5 inches
  • Sheath: FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) and ballistic nylon loop
  • Color: Black scales, black epoxy finish, black sheath, black belt loop
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Stamp: Ka-Bar Becker
  • Knife Made in USA
  • Sheath Made in Taiwan
The BK2 is one of a series of similar knives such as the BK7, BK9 and many others. Ethan Becker, the man who designed this knife, is a mountain climber, chef, and survivalist. BK&T (Becker Knife and Tool) teamed up with KA-BAR (USMC KA-BAR knife issued to Marine Corp during World War II) of Olean, NY to make the second generation knife, the BK2. 

Called the Campanion, the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 is a general purpose camping, hunting and survival knife. This knife is not an every day carry (EDC) knife as the weight is more than you want to carry around all day, not to mention the large size. This is a brick of a knife. The thick blade (0.25 in.) is solid steel, full tang with exposed pommel.

The 1095 steel is not stainless so rust could be a problem if not cared for. The handle scales are attached using three allen bolts through the hollow scales. The scales can be removed and small survival items stored inside such as fishing line. If you do this you would need an appropriate size allen wrench available to remove the scales. (3/16) The scales (handles) can be removed if you do not like the plastic, and replaced with micarta, wood, kraton or any other material you prefer. There are many custom made scales for this knife.

A lanyard can be attached through the large hole in the butt end of the knife. Paracord attached to your wrist keeps you from dropping the knife and potentially cutting your leg while in use. The sheath has several holes for lashing to your leg using paracord. For well under $100, this knife compares to much higher priced survival knives.

Knife extraction from the sheath is made easier by using the thumb break ramp which has some jimping. Insertion into the sheath creates a snapping sound as the secure and solid hold on the knife prevents accidental falling out even if carried upside down.

The sheath is a two part which attaches together with screws. This allows some different configurations as far as attaching to a belt. The nylon belt loop has a very large opening and a button snap which holds the knife butt up. Other options include a custom leather sheath, but if the large belt loop causes issues, a Tek-Lok attachment can be bought for $13 which allows for various belt sizes and horizontal carry. You will need to carefully remove the nylon loop and attach the Tek Lok to the sheath. This modification gives you a compact and much tighter carry mode.

The original BK2 sheath was made of fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN hard plastic) which many customers complained about. The glass based sheath dulled the blade after several trips in and out. A non-glass sheath, which Kabar may have now, seems to not dull the blade. A Kydex or leather sheath will not dull the blade. Also, the BK22 which is the same knife, only with a polyester sheath, addresses some of the sheath issues of the BK2. The BK22 sheath has a double snap lock and a storage compartment.

BK22 knife with poly sheath.

Custom Sheath for the BK2

The thickness of the blade makes for a strong solid knife. Most other survival knives are thinner.

The steel butt can be used for crushing, striking, breaking automobile glass if trapped in a car and a thousand other uses. Some have complained about the allen bolts becoming loose when batoning so one solution is to cover them with some loc-tite threadlocker which keeps them in place. Just put some on the threads and they stay in place. Be sure to use the blue strength and not the red or green strength as you do not want a permanent seal. With the blue strength you can use a hairdryer to heat the threadlocker back to liquid form for easy removal.

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