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For all those who camp, hunt or spend time afield. The Campanion 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!
Sold with a hard plastic sheath. To buy the Campanion sold with a Heavy-Duty Polyester sheath, look here: http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/182
Made in the USA.
|Weight||1.0 lb.||Steel||1095 Cro-Van|
|Blade Type||Fixed Blade||Lock Style||N/A|
|Measurements||Blade length 5-1/4"; Overall length 10-1/2"||Grind||Flat|
|Edge Angles||20 Degrees||Handle Material||Zytel|
|Stamp||KA-BAR Becker||Butt Cap/Guard||N/A|
|Pocket Clip||N||Made in||Knife Made in USA, Sheath Made in Taiwan|
|NSN||1095-01-493-1798 KNIFE-COMBAT||Blade Thickness||0.250|
I am very impressed with the Becker BK2. A solid, strong knife. I feel capable of doing all the survival needs one could have. I have no complaints about the performance of the knife nor the look or feel. The knife preformed above what I was expecting!
As a die hard Ka-bar classic man. I can say with certainty I will be purchasing at least one more Becker knife! I'm thinking a BK9 review will be coming soon!!
I cannot emphasize this knife enough. It is the survivalist's survival knife. It is not a short sword or a silly Rambo knife. You can baton through a piece of steel pipe and then go skin a rabbit or fillet fish or whittle an oak spear with this knife if you so choose. I think that sums it up pretty well. Indestructible yet tractable.
I want to keep this simple, this knife is just perfect, it handles perfectly, when I go camping I bring my BK-2 and a small folding saw 9". I try to avoid chopping with the knife in order to conserve energy, however the BK-2 is a splitting axe if thats what I need, it's a chopping knife if thats what I need, it's a knife thats weight is worth carrying, and I trust it. It feels comforting to be able to bring a knife like this.
My favorite knife! Have had it for a little more than a year and does excellent hardcore jobs, chopping, digging, fine work. Made a bow drill kit perfectly. Micarta scales are a must because the standard grivory is slick. The kydex sheath is good but the belt loop is junk, easy to replace with a large Tek Lok clip. Wish it would come polished or patina finished instead of black epoxy but very east to remove and refinish. This is my over all "SHTF" knife. Great job.
This knife is truly unbelievably good for what you are paying. I'm serious, I'm not going to buy another knife so long as I have this one. It's just an unstoppable workhorse. I absolutely love it.
It all starts and finishes with this knife. It takes anything you throw at it with ease!
Used this knife in combat in Iraq. It is a literal brute, I sed it for almost anything you can think of, even as a hammer on my 50 cal mount. It took punishment that would have destroyed any other knife. I know this because I went through 3 knives before I got this one. It is all you will ever need in a knife, this WILL save your life.
One really bas ass all around knife.....you can really use it as an axe.Strong,hard blade,nice handle.Really love my BK2.The only bad think its the poor quality seath...
Love my BK-2 this is by far the toughest knife I have ever owned, hands down. Tough in the Field as a survival knife, yet elegant enough to do small tasks with as well.
This knife is the thickest knife i have ever seen or owned wich is where its batoning and durability are derived from. this knife came in great condition moderately sharp and was all around impressive. the knife is a very heavy duty blade and is still holding up great after months of use and has very good edge retension i have only sharpened it once in the six months ive owned it and is still very sharp. this is a heavy weight compared to other knives of this class for instance Sog fusion bowie and the Gerber LMF 2 are no where near as beafy and durable as this knife. the sheath was great to i love the kydex sheath although it was my first so i do not have much to compare to. overall it is a great knife but it is a little small length wise for chopping wich i know it was not designed for that but this is just my opinion.
Love my BK-2!!! It is my daily carry knife, it is with me at all times!!! I have every US bayonet system going back to WWII, my USMC Ka-Bar fighting knife, BK-7, multitude of folding knives, every brand and style, yet the BK-2/BK-13 combination is with at all times. BK-9 is my next investment!!! I stiple the scales/handle, loctited the hardware, and added the pouch/molle attachments from another company, it is perfect!!!! Heavy, sharp, comfortable, dependable and a beast!!!!
Got my BK-2 yesterday and I love it. Did some testing of its chopping, cutting, and battoning capabilities and I am thoroughly impressed. This knife is brutal. The nylon belt strap on the sheath is much to be desired (too flimsy).
The BK2 is a beauty of knife in every sense. When the ammunition has finished your sights to the BK2 beside you and you know that you can survive.
I love my BK -2 I use it for camping here in Arizona,...it's a very rugged knife and holds an edge well. I am dissapointed the my BK-2 didn't come stamped in the blade the logo amd where its made. I believe it is laser etched, this will wear off in time. The blade coating started to wear off,...so I removed the last of it and keep the blade well oiled Other than that, it's an awesome camping tool.
This is no longer the knife you make. Please change the photo! This pretty much ruined a Christmas present I got for someone. I was going to show him how to customize it like the one he and I both fell in love with. You now make this with no stamp (just printed in white?!?) and some crazy rough coating, soo..... When you strip the ridiculous new coating (which true die hard users of this blade will eventually do as you know) it will no longer say BKT, which is nuts. I was proud to have a knife with your insignia on it. Now, when someone HAS to ask what kind of knife it is. I will just tell them that I have no idea. as to avoid the argument of why it is no longer stamped on the blade. I'm sure your answer will be that the new coating doesn't apply correctly with the etched logo, and my answer to that would be to listen to your customers and check your priorities. I won't even go into the sheath that makes it a waste of time to sharpen this knife. I am a long time customer/ carrier of your knives, and this is a damn fine piece of metal for the cost, don't get me wrong, But sometimes its the little things that count the most. I won't be buying/ recommending any more models that are made in this fashion. Therefor if I have to tell someone "make sure you get one of the older ones that......." I probably won't waste my time in the first place.
Pros: sturdy, holds edge well, great price Cons: sheath sucks, grips are a little slick I have owned a BK2 for over a year now. It is my go to knife when I go camping, hiking or hunting. At first the thick blade makes it awkward to do delicate work with, but I can use it to make feather sticks and clean rabbits. The one thing that makes this knife stink is the low quality sheath. if you don't button the knife in it folds over and I think it even dulls the knife. The grips are a little slick too. I bought aftermarket grips for it. Problem solved.
The knife is great. However, the sheath is a big POS. I need to use two hands to remove the knife from the sheath. The thumb release is useless. I have to hold the sheath with one hand and literally yank the knife out of the sheath. The nylon webbing with the belt loop is too flimsy. Not too much though was put into the sheath design. This would have been a 5-star rating if the sheath were better.
This knife is a tank, however I agree with the previous comment about the new coating and printed logo rather than the stamped logo that would never wear out. I was really disappointed to see that they stopped doing that. Now when it wears off I wont have the official KaBar stamp in the blade. Stupid decision on the part of the manufacturer. I realize this wont affect the functionality of the knife, but it does degrade the "cool" factor. Why bother showing photos of the stamped blade if that's not how it's made? FRUSTRATED! Coolest knife ever just got a bit less cool. My frustration/expectation led to a 3 rather than a 5 star review.
This is a great knife. I took it camping and was able to use it to cut wood. I did however have one problem. As I used it the nuts and socket bolts came loose and therefore the handle fell off but the blade was still very useable. After getting home I replaced the jam nuts from the factory with some nylon locking (ny-lock) nuts. I did consider using some "LOCTITE" on the nuts but decided against it in the end. Overall...GREAT KNIFE!
This knife is an amazing camping knife, You can use it for so many different tasks. i don't know why people say its heavy when ! pound Is not heavy. This is an amazing knife and you should buy it. :)
Awesome blade, been using it in woods for chopping and splitting firewood. It been serving me good for 2 years now. Last month I was batoning in wood and I lost a handle screw nut. I contacted Kabar support and they send me a whole set of screws !!! I'm impressed with their knifes and support, thanks a lot!
This is an awesome knife. I've chopped down small trees with it, batonned seasone oak for splitwood fires, make feathersticks, sliced tomatoes, etc. it can do it all. It is highly customizable as well. The handles leave a bit to be desired which leaves room for customization, and the sheath is only good at dulling the blade, again leaving room for expansion. Don't let the crappy handles and sheath dissuade you, it is well worth it even knowing you may want/need to mod it to get it perfect. Ethan Becker/Kabar, if you are listening, fix the handles and sheath please. The rest of the knife is so strong, why the supporting peripherals are shabby is a mystery.
I am a Malaysian. I got my BK2 yesterday. Man! it's really a tough knife. Based on the numerous reviews and youtubes I've seen, I think it was a good decision to buy this. I believe the BK2 will be my true companion during my hikes in the wood.
Just received my new BK-2 from the mail today. Love it. Love the performance it offers, wonderful.
I read a review that said this was the perfect knife if you had to field strip an oldsmobile, and I completely agree. It's an unstoppable tank of a knife. I hike and camp every single weekend and this beast hasn't let me down yet. All my other knives went into the closet. The only CONS, while battoning I cracked the cheap made Grivory handles, which isn't much of a loss anyway as their super slick. KaBar must know cause for 40 bucks you can buy micarta ones for it here on their site. OH. The sheath absolutely SUCKS! I bought a Hedgehog one for it. Hey! Ka Bar, give it better handles, maybe G10? and a real sheath and it will be perfect! Even with it's 2 faults, I still think it's the best out there. Way better than the T.B. Tracker!
I love this knife! I live using it for my campfire/bushcraft needs. I think the only thing that could be changed is maybe a different handle option that's not after market. Other than that I LOVE THIS BEAST!!!!!!
I am a knife maker and the BK2 is the real deal. I use it extensively when camping. Obviously there are compromises in factory produced knives. I am NOT a fan of the cutouts in the tang to reduce weight. The front cutout in particular weakens the meeting of tang and blade. The plastic sheath is great, but the strap/belt loop needs modification. A GREAT knife at this price point.
BE WARE! When you buy this knife (or any other) be aware that the logo now a days only is painted (not etched) and that the coating has a rough finish. Sorry to say but the knife appearance is no longer what it was =(. Feel free to compare pics on Google. I made this discovery when buying a new BK9 and I am not happy about it.....
A tank, this is my view on this knife. Absolutely reliable, is my first choice as emergency or everyday outfit. Its ergonomics and its grip on balanced weight, ensure that the mission will be accomplished. On several occasions I trusted my life in the performance of this knife and was fully reciprocated. Their resistance, robustness and design delight me today. I am a declared fan of the brand.
Unlike some previous comments, the ka-bar logo won't disappear if the coating goes away, it is laser engraved on the blade, not painted. The sheath does suck, at least part of it, the plastic part is OK, but the nylon strap is way too flimsy.
WOW! This knife is so thick! I own a Kraton G fighting knife and the thickness on it looked somewhat puny compared to this one! Now by all means, the fighting knife is one of the best knives in the world don't get me wrong. But this knife is more heavy duty for sure! This knife has a great weight to it making it a great chopper. I would highly recommend to anybody who does not mind the extra weight!
Bigger and heavier then I expected, i still fell in love with this knife as soon as i unwrapped it. I don't think it will be a EDC but I will make it a part of my BOB/Camp gear. Not a fan of the sheath but that is a easy fix. Thank you Ka-bar.
disappointed with the change of the style and look of the knife what's up with that rough finish and no Kabar Stamp!! got mine in the mail yesterday used it did some splitting, chopping, buttoninga little of everything the blade is very thick indestructible but that won't do you much good if you can't hold on To the knife because of the wimpy plastic handle And a crappy sheath lol so I guess if you unscrew the plastic grip handles buy a new sheaf from Hedgehog he would have a real man knife lol Ethan Becker if you're listening the little details are what's important why would you make such a fine blade and then go cheap and the rest of it money is not that important bro I'm sure people would be willing to pay a few more dollars for good quality sheath and a good quality grip
What an awesome piece of craftmanship. As long as we have the BK2 were WW3 ready.
I am very satisfied of this knife, every detail is perfect. The new black finish is better and more lasting than the previous. The plastic sheath is very versatile and is definitely an added value.
I bought this knife sometime back from a local sporting dealer. Kept it oiled in my knife case till today when I decided to pull it out and use it on a little project. Here are my impressions. First, the overall quality and workmanship of this knife, at least the one I have, is excellent and fault-less. There are no perceptible defects as far as my eye can tell. It is heavy, at 1 LB, but perfectly balanced so it feels quite agile in the hand. I used it to cut out out some old poly rope I had strung across my car. Just a bit of a slicing motion to get the blade moving, and it wicked right through the ropes and thin diameter copper wire with no problem. Some people carp about the handle, but the handle fit my hand perfect, not too big nor too small, and it felt like it had the perfect combination of thickness, shape, and roudedness. In other words, the handle feels very solid and comfortable and very unlikely to cause any of your fingers to hurt or cramp. The thickness and stoutness of the blade leaves you with an impression that, if need be, you can put a tremendous amout of force or pressure on the blade and it would not fail you. I have not tried this knife "in the wet" yet, but I had no problem keeping a secure grip on the 'dry' handle. There is a huge lanyard hole for securing an add-on lanyard which can be slipped on the wrist for any situation where you might be worried about the knife coming out of your grip. Overall the knife has a very solid, chunky, but balanced feel about it. I have a couple of other survival knives, but this one exhibits the highest level of Quality. If you could only afford one fixed-blade knife, and you needed it to be able to do a wide range of tasks, I think this model would make a good choice. The only possible drawback that I can think of is that weiging 1 LB, it might feel real heavy on your belt at the end of a very long hike or march. But for short to mid-length hikes I dont think even that will be an issue.
Ethan Becker is a man after our own heart. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys martial arts and hunting, Becker founded Becker Knife and Tool Corporation in the early 1980's to design the industrial-strength tactical and survival knives he'd always wanted for himself. What we love about Becker, other than his innovative designs, is that he spends so much time in the outdoors testing new equipment and designs. KA-BAR is proud to be the manufacturer of Becker's five best-selling models - all introduced this year and brought up to date and approved by Becker himself.
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$127.24 (with Becker Campanion)
Sheath made in Taiwan