Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Fixed Blade Review
This Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Fixed Blade review is for our number 2 rated knife on our best fixed blade survival knives list. This thing is a true beast all the way to its very core. Like the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife, you could use this knife as the only survival knife you possess and you’d be good to go.
Ka-Bar is a top level manufacturer with an outstanding reputation for superior blade quality and attention to detail. I love this knife.
the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 fixed blade is a survival knife built using high-quality materials and is intended for pretty heavy use. It can be used for camping and hunting, as well as any prepper tasks you might encounter via survival situations.
It weighs right at a pound, which I consider lightweight in terms of handling such quality. The Ultimate Pro comes in under a pound at just under 14 ounces. Close, but not the same. The BK2 is heavier. The overall length of the BK2 is 10.5 inches. In terms of the weight, I don’t see any issue other than if you needed to use it to fight a zombie or a bear. The weight, I think, would prove to be a bit discouraging in such a scenario. But hey, you can’t win all the battles and you should consider a conceal carry gun for any zombie encounters. The coating of the Becker BK2 is thick and truly adds to the quality of the knife (some people do NOT like this coating because they feel it harms the cutting ability, though I don’t share this sentiment). I like the thick coating, it makes the knife’s quality higher and more impressive.
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Blade
This is a 1095 cro-van steel blade at 5.5 inches in length. You can skin animals, chop wood. Pummel rock (thanks to the full tang capability). You could even just dice the hell out of some bell peppers if you life. The blade is out of the box sharp but you can sharpen it further if you prefer. It’s a drop point blade in terms of shape, so you get a 20-degree angle on it.
A prepper could competently use the BK2 for chopping up logs and constructing impromptu shelters in a disaster situation. I think if you are a competent survivalist you could take down an 8-inch diameter tree with it.
The blade itself will have a really thick feel to it.
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Handle
The handle material is made from Grivory. It is comfortable and balanced to hold.
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Sheath
Here’s where things tend to tumble downhill. The sheath is made from glass reinforced nylon, which sounds good, until it isn’t.
Most consumers really don’t love the sheath, and I’m one of those consumers. And in fact, this is why so many fixed blade knife reviews tend to rank the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade higher. The sheath is good for keeping the blade sharp, however, so it isn’t all bad. In the end, you are paying for the knife quality, not the sheath. You can make your own sheath or go online and look for options.
Conclusion: This is a monster fixed blade survival knife. It is comparable in price to the Ultimate Pro and demands similar respect. You can’t go wrong with this one, which is why we rate it so incredibly high. Like the Ultimate Pro, the fact that it is often priced at less than $80 is insanely good.
I always look for a few things in my fixed blade survival knives. One is whether or not it is full tang (BK2 is), another is blade quality (BK2 has that) and another is balance (you could throw this pretty accurately based on how it balances on the hand). I don’t get to uppity over sheaths. Some hate the BK2 sheath, others love it. I don’t care that much to make a scene over it. I can make a sheath, I can’t make a knife of this stellar quality.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.