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The Ka-Bar Becker BK16 is a great knife to have when outdoors. It is ergonomic, has a full tang, boasts of strong edge retention, modestly-sized, and has a ridged thumb serration perfect for control during carving and other camping, bushcraft or survival activities. The one-piece solid design of this model fits the user’s palm perfectly, allowing for a comfortable hold. For easier use, it comes with a high-quality Condura sheath that can be clipped on the belt or worn around it.

Summary of Specifications

    • The blade is made of 4.5” Carbon Steel
    • The blade runs a total length of 4-3/8”
    • The knife’s overall length is at 9 1/4″
    • The grind is flat
    • It comes with a Cordura Sheath
    • It also comes with an extra set of the handle scales
    • The knife weighs 6.4 oz
    • The knife is manufactured in the USA

Most Interesting Feature of BK16

The Ka-Bar BK16 is a no-frills type of knife that could withstand heavy-duty use and can perform outdoor and survival tasks with ease. The carbon-steel knife with the black epoxy coating may look basic and simple, but it also boasts the ergonomic handle that paves way for easier use and better knife manipulation. And since it is easy to handle, outdoor activities are easily carried out. It is very reliable as it can do multi-task, and could even be the one tool that you will find quintessential for survival in the wild.

It can help in wood gathering, tent or tool making, hunting and food preparation, and even in defending oneself, from a tactical point of view. It is heavy-duty and can stand harsh batoning – in fact; it also has a ridged thumb serration for better control during cutting activities.

Other Benefits

The BK16 is Lightweight

It is lighter than most knives in its class, making it easier for the owner to lug it around, when in the wild. This also delays fatigue during prolonged activities using the knife such as cutting, carving, and other tool-making skills.

It Comes With an Extra Set of Handle Scales

Should the owner wish to change the default handle scales that came with his Ka-Bar Becker Knife, he can easily do so as the package comes with extra handles in a Tan color. Both handles have a lanyard slot for easier use. The extra handle is made of Zytel as well.

Heavy-Duty Knife

The BK16 could very well be the best camping knife on the market based on its features and price it is delivered for. It is also multi-functional so the user gets more than what he pays for. The knife is an outdoor companion, a survival tool, and sporting equipment all in one knife.

Comes with a Ridged Thumb Serration

The knife provides for better control during prolonged and rigid cutting activities by providing a Ridged Thumb Serration. This feature is very useful during chopping activities, as well as other camping tasks.

Things I Like

Made of High-Quality Carbon Steel

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The carbon steel is heavy-duty and can withstand harsh outdoor activities. The user will not think twice about choosing it as the lone tool in a bushcraft activity in the wild, because it definitely does its job well.

Comfortable Grip, Easy to Handle

This knife, in my opinion, has the best ergonomics on the market today. The contours of the handle conform well to the palm of the user, making it easier to grasp especially during prolonged outdoor and tactical tasks.

Comes with Extras

The knife comes with an extra set of handle scales that are almost identical with the default handle except for the color. The Condura sheath, on the other hand, is a heavy duty protective casing that makes the knife easier to lug around. The sheath is lightweight and comes with extra pockets for additional storage.

Things I Didn’t Like

Black Epoxy Coating

Users also complain about the black epoxy coating of the carbon-steel blade. They say this provides unnecessary traction during cutting and batoning activities.

Does not come Razor-Sharp

If the user is particular about using the knife right away, then he may be disappointed to find out that the Ka-Bar Becker Knife does not come razor-sharp right out of the packaging.

Who Needs It Most?

Those who love the great outdoors will find that the BK16 may just be the only tool necessary for all their survival and camping activities. It is utilitarian, simple, lightweight, easy to carry, and more importantly, does not require special care. The usual cleaning after use and periodical oiling are the only maintenance activities that the owner needs to carry-out apart from sharpening the blade from time to time.


Guest AuthorJohn Brown


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