Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Bushcraft Knife Review
The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 knife has been described by some as being a sharpened crowbar. I would agree with some of that. It's an American made knife that is built out of a solid piece of 1/4" steel.
There is no way you are going to break this doing your bushcraft chores. You can beat on it all day while batoning wood. The exposed butt of the blade works great for using it as a hammer. The 1095 steel is easy to sharpen and throws a good spark.
Ethan Becker and Ka-Bar came together to design this knife and it's one of the most popular bushcraft and survival knives on the market today. To see why this knife is so popular as a bushcraft knife, we need to take a look at some of it's features.
Blade Length, Blade Thickness, and Knife Weight
- 5 1/4" Blade Length
- 10 1/4" Overall Length
- 1/4" Blade Thickness
- Weighs 1 lb.
What Comes in the Box?
Blade Design Advantages & Disadvantages
Drop Point - Drop point blades are great for creating a strong tip. The sloping spine of the blade also helps to make sure there isn't accidental punctures when using the blade to skin or gut an animal.
The Becker BK2 has a flat grind blade. This helps to cut down on the resistance when cutting through objects which a knife with this thick of a blade needs. Flat grinds are also the easiest to sharpen.
1095 Cro-Van Steel - This steel is similar to standard 1095 high carbon steel with just a few slight differences. 1095 Cro-Van steel has small amounts of chrome and vanadium added to it which help with blade hardness and stain resistance.
1095 Cro-Van has all the characteristics that bushcrafters like in high carbon steel. It will throw a spark when using flint. It also has easy sharpening capabilities and decent edge retention.
Like regular high carbon steel, this blade material will show corrsosion over time if it's not properly maintained. The Becker BK2 comes with a coated blade which helps to slow down this process. It's recommended that you apply some food grade oil routinely to the blade. This will help with corrosion.
Handle (Scales) Material
Zytel or Grivory Handles - Zytel and Grivory are basically the same thing. It's fiberglass reinforced nylon. Think of it as a hard plastic that has some rubber qualities to it.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of these handles because they can be a little slick when your hands are wet. I would ruff them up or apply some tape to the handles. You can also buy replacement Micarta handles or make your own. The handles are held on by 3 screws which makes them easy to change.
The handles on the Becker BK2 have a large diameter. They feel really solid in the palm of your hand. There is also guards on both ends of the knife to keep you from slipping off the handles.
Probably my favorite feature on this knife is the handles are cut down to allow the knife to be exposed on the end. This means the butt of the knife can be used to pound with making it more versatile. The knife blade is full tang so there is no chance of you breaking this while using it in this manner.
Kydex Style with Nylon Sheath - The Becker BK2 snaps snugly into this Kydex style sheath. The retention is very good almost to the point of having too much retention. The belt loop portion on this sheath is made from nylon.
The sheath has several eyelets and tie out slots. You can use these to attach to your pack or to attach objects to your sheath. It's perfect for attaching a fire starting kit to your sheath.
The sheath can be be worn left or right handed. Simply remove the screws and turn them around to carry it on your left handed side.
The Becker BK2 is covered under Ka-Bar's Limited Lifetime Warranty. If your BK2 should ever break due to poor craftsmanship or a defect, Ka-Bar will fix or replace your knife for free. This warranty only applies to the original owner and the knife has to send back to their Orlean, New York location.
Ka-Bar does not offer a sharpening service for their knives.
- 1095 Cro-Van Steel Blade
- 1/4" Thick Blade
- Good Retention Sheath
- Full Tang Blade
- Exposed Knife Tang on Handle
- Made in the USA
- Handles are slippery when wet
If you are looking for an indestructible heavy knife for bushcraft then the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 is the knife for you. It's a tank of a knife and will do all the heavy tasks you ask from it around camp. Grab yourself one today before your next outdoor adventure.