Reviewed 10/11/2010 by Del
-Price Paid: $68.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months
Overall, I think The KaBar Becker BK-9 is an excellent knife. I was very happy to find that KaBar is producing the Becker designs again. I think this is an excellent field/utility knife that would also certainly serve well in a survival situation, but it is quite large (9" blade)and heavy.
My comments on this knife are very similar to my comments on the BK-2.
It's almost a scaled-up version of the BK-2, the blade is a little thinner at a little under 1/4 inch thick, it has a full tang, weighs maybe a pound and a half, holds an edge well, and it's not too hard to sharpen. It's made of 1095 steel, coated with a smooth black protective coating. The tang extends slightly beyond the handle into a pommel useful for pounding. This is a very solid knife which holds up well to: cutting, slicing, field-dressing game, chopping, batoning, and even digging, prying, and hammering.
The handle scales are black "Grivory," which is fiberglass impregnated nylon plastic. It's very light and strong and should be impervious to weather, but the handle scales are where I have my main criticisms. First, they are a comfortable shape and fit my hands well, but they are quite smooth. This can be easily fixed with some skateboard tape or other wrapping, or by scoring or checking the handle scales with a file or Dremel tool. Second, the handle scales can come loose a little too easily. The scales are fixed to the knife with three hex-head bolts and nuts. Apparently these are not well-torqued at the factory. This can also be easily fixed in several different ways. Simply using a hex key wrench to tighten the bolts, or wrapping with tape or cord as I mentioned above will fix this. My solution was to remove the bolts and coat their threads with LockTite, then properly torque them down again. They haven't loosened at all since I did this.
I also recommend the micarta handle scales sold separately by Ka-bar.
The knife came with a small, stainless steel, skeleton handled, utility knife which has its own pocket in the sheath, but it's just simple knife without much to say about it. This is NOT the Becker Necker.
My only complaint is the sheath, which is just nylon with a plastic insert. It has an accessory pocket which can hold a sharpening stone, multi-tool, or flashlight, and also contains the small, included utility knife. I would have expected a much better sheath for a knife of this quality and I don't expect this sheath to hold up well over time, but there are certainly better sheath options out there.