Ka-Bar’s Becker BK2 survival knife is one of today’s most popular fixed blade knives. It is very popular with hikers, campers, and survivalists. When the air starts to turn cool I get a hankering for 2 things: cigars and fixed blade knives. I am pleased to say I have been able to indulge in both this fall, and am ready to provide a review on a quintessential camp knife: the Becker BK-2.
Built in the USA by Ka-Bar, and designed by Renaissance man Ethan Becker, the BK-2 has been widely accepted as a go to survival / camp knife for years now. I can’t tell you why I haven’t reviewed this classic fixed blade yet. There are many knives out there I’d love to review (one day I’ll even get to the classic USMC Ka-Bar) but just haven’t found the time for. Well, scratch the BK-2 off the list. This one has been tried and tested and I’m pleased to share some thoughts with you today.
The Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife is a full tang survival knife with an excellent quarter inch blade made out of 1095 cro-van steel. The blade on this knife is extremely though and makes it a serious contender for the ultimate survival knife that we have reviewed. We have found it to be the least expensive heavy duty blade on the market giving a huge bang for your buck. At 5 and ¼ inches the blade isn’t too long where it gets in your way, yet not too short to where you can’t split kindling, and gets high marks from owners for splitting wood. What’s even more amazing is at the time of this review the Becker BK2 has more than 450 5-Star reviews on Amazon. Talk about knife that has satisfied owners.
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- Fixed blade design – The BK-2 has an overall length of 10-5/8″, a 5-1/4″ blade, and weighs 16 ounces. The BK-2 is a chunky knife. This carbon steel knife is extra stout when applied to everyday camping and hunting activities.
- Grivory handle – The scales (handle) on the Becker BK2 survival knife is made of Grivory materials which provide the knife with a smooth and contoured grip that feels good in the hand. The knife is full tang with a lanyard hole and a hammer pommel on the end.
- Molded FRN sheath — The sheath is made of FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) that is closely molded to the shape of the blade. The blade fits so snugly inside the sheath that there is no noise when the sheath is shaken. The ballistic nylon dangle loop is large enough to accommodate even the widest belts and allows the sheath to move out of the way when you crouch or sit down.
- The BK2 is shaving sharp right out of the box. The tip is incredibly strong. The thick handle is extremely ergonomic though it’s not made of very “grippy” material as some people like their handles to be. It feels very comfortable in your hand and its shape (with the guard and the butt end flaring out) enables you to hold onto the knife pretty well, wet or dry.
The BK-2 is interesting in that it can accomplish a lot of different tasks within its relatively small footprint. It’s good for batoning / splitting wood. I used it with great success to prepare a stack of wood for a couple bon fires. I was able to split logs with up to a 4″ diameter easily.
Reasonably priced – You can get the Becker BK2 survival knife for between $60 — $100 on the Amazon.com site. Its beefy construction makes the knife well worth the money; other hunting knives with the same features and functionality are generally priced higher.
Versatile – Because of its well-balanced weight, you can swing this knife like an axe (it functions like a little axe too) and pierce objects like a spear (take note of the drop-point shape at the tip of the knife).
When it comes to drawbacks the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Girvory handles are hollow and become way too slippery to handle when wet. Make sure you have knife secured to your wrist when the handle is wet as you will likely lose your grip. We suggest that if you do get the knife to replace the stock handles with the Micarta handles. Lastly some of the more delicate tasks are a little more difficult to do due to the size of the blade.
The only downside is that the BK-2 doesn’t particularly excel at anything. If you need a dedicated chopper, or an ultra fine carving knife, then you will want to look elsewhere. If you want a tough “do it all” knife, then the BK-2 could be a good choice.
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Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife Reviews
Average Amazon Rating: 4.7
The BK-2 is a very impressive knife, especially when you consider that they are selling for right around $81.00. This is a lot of high quality tool for the money. The simplicity of the design, the quality of materials, and the extremely high level of fit and finish all make the BK-2 punch above its weight. Plus, it works. The stout geometry of the blade is excellent for processing wood, the handle is about as comfortable as they come, and the sheath is lightweight and functional. Finally, the knife itself is made in the USA (the sheath is made in Taiwan). I happen to like a USA made product, although it certainly isn’t a requirement for a favorable review.
The Kabar Becker BK2 has certainly been designed to be able to take on bigger tasks. The first thing that you notice when you pick up this knife is the weight. It is certainly a little heftier than most other knives in this category, thanks in large part to the sturdy, ¼-inch thick blade that it sports. Speaking of the blade, it measures in at 5.5-inches, taking the total length of the knife to 10.5-inches. The blade is constructed of 1095 Cro-Van Steel that can make short work of everything from small animals to thick tree limbs.
It’s simple and it works. If you are looking for an indestructible camp knife or a compact (but very stout) survival knife, then I highly recommend the BK-2.