Before making most any purchase, I enjoy thoroughly researching a product. I go online and look for unbiased reviews of the item, I visit Amazon.com to look at how other consumers have rated it, and if possible I go to local retailers to touch and feel the item I’m considering.
I learned this lesson the hard way when I was a kid. I’d seen a cool new toy advertised on Saturday morning and I had to have it. I didn’t care what others, including my parents, said about its quality and fun-factor. I had to have. So I saved my money and bought the biggest piece of expensive junk toy that you can imagine. Fortunately, my mother returned it for me and I didn’t have to live with the consequences of my blind wants. But I learned the lesson nevertheless.
So, now I research thoroughly.
And that’s what I did before buying the latest addition to my survival tool chest: the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Companion.
“And the Survey Says”
In the weeks and months prior to buying the BK2, I researched fixed blade knives from a variety of sources. And then, fortuitously, one of the blogs that I really enjoy reading regularly had a very helpful review. Jarhead Survivor, over on the SHTFBlog.com, compared a Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Knife to his trusty BK2. I took notice.
And I also viewed Amazon.com to see how it was rated by people who’d purchased the knife. It received 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 200 reviews. Pretty good. Digging into the reasons behind the lower rated reviews, I discovered that many were due to a cheap sheath. Other’s didn’t like the thickness of it and its weight.
I decided to take a chance.
The BK2 Companion Specifications
The knife is impressive. The first thing you’ll likely notice is that its spine is a full 1/4 inch thick. That’s incredibly thick for a knife blade. It’s made from 10-95 Cro-Van steel, a hard blade that holds an edge very well. The blade is 5.25 inches and the overall length is 10.5 inches.
Many of the Amazon reviewers commented on the knife’s ergonomically designed handle. I’d have to agree. The handle is very comfortable in your hand; it feels good. But should you decide that it’s not for you, it can be removed and replaced with another custom handle of your choosing. The knife, of course, has a full tang.
To round out the specifications, the knife blade is a drop point and has a 20 degree edge.
Since receiving the knife, I haven’t had a chance to give it a full workout. But I have used it to do some normal, around the homestead activities. I’ve used it to harvest and process three turkey and a goat. And while the blade is generally a bit thick and deep for some of the finer work, it handled. The edge maintained its sharpness very well, even while slicing through the fatty portions of the animals and the teflon-like, fibrous sinew.
Over time, I’ll give it more of a workout. I expect to be able to use it to split relatively small pieces of fire, up to 4 inches in diameter so, along with other camping and survival activities.
So my initial impressions are that the reviews that I’ve read are spot on – the BK2 Companion is a good, well-made knife that will be with you for a long time.