Ka-Bar Becker BK7 Combat Utility Fixed Blade Knife
Ka-Bar Becker BK7 Combat Utility Fixed Blade Knife is an affordable, high quality, survival/utility knife, excellent as main knife for any outdoor enthusiast. Ka-Bar Becker BK7 is multipurpose knife, capable of cutting, filleting, chopping, light digging, slicing etc. Knife is not too large, nor too heavy, but when in hands, it feels strong, sturdy and durable.
Ka-Bar Becker BK7 has fixed, full tang, clip point, 1095 Cro-Van carbon steel blade with black coated plain edge and Zytel handles with lanyard hole.
1095 Cro-Van Carbon Steel
1095 Cro-Van carbon steel is a better steel than just 'common' 1095 carbon steel. This type of steel is also known as 'Sharon 170-06 Cro-Van', '1095 Cro-Van' or '1095CV'.
Basically, it is 1095 carbon steel with the addition of small amounts of chromium and vanadium (hence the name), with the even smaller amounts of nickel and molybdenum. There are stronger and more expensive types of steel that hold the edge better, but they are also more expensive and harder to work with. Not to mention sharpening D2 steel knife blade in the field ... :)
Overall length of the knife is 12.75 inches (~32.4 cm), with the blade being 7 inches (~17.8 cm) long. Knife weighs 0.85 pounds (~385 grams). Sharpening angle is 20°, allowing the edge to be both strong and sharp. HRC value is around 56 and 58 - blades with higher HRC are more fragile, blades with lower HRC are too soft and doesn't hold the edge very well. Maximum blade thickness is 3/16" (0.188" or ~5 mm), but it is also of skeleton design, so it doesn't weigh too much.
There are bigger, heavier and sturdier multipurpose knives on the market, but BK7 balances very well between being capable of withstanding punishment in the field and not being to cumbersome to carry around.
Obviously, it is not an every day carry (EDC) pocket knife!
1095 Cro-Van carbon steel is not stainless steel, hence the blade is protected using black epoxy powder coat. It is a good practice to clean the knife with fresh water and mild detergent and to thoroughly dry it after each use and to oil the blade every now and then, especially if it is not going to be used for longer period of time.
Ka-Bar Becker BK7 comes with the black Zytel handles with lanyard hole. Handles are very easy to replace, and if you don't like yours, or they get damaged, order a pair of new once or even a full set.
Zytel is one of the most used materials for knife handles - it is combination of tough nylon material, combined with fiberglass for increased stiffness and strength. It is durable and light material, resistant to water and various chemicals.
Zytel handles for BK7 fits various Ka-Bar knives (and vice versa), which is important to know, if one has multiple Ka-Bar knives. Depending on the knife model, blade thickness can be different - it is possible that longer/shorter screws are going to be required.
Note: if you are outdoors and handles break, remove what's left of them, and improvise handle using duct tape, rope or similar material. Or use your knife without handles.
The Ka-Bar Becker BK7 sheath is made of durable nylon with an additional plastic insert and is MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) compatible.
Also, at the front of the sheath, there is an extra sheath where Ka-Bar Becker Remora knife can be carried.
This way, two individual knives can be carried in the same sheath. Click on the photo right to check the Remora's price on Amazon.
On the other hand, these knives serve different purposes, and many people don't like to place all of their eggs in one basket - if one loses a sheath with one knife in survival situation, it is acceptable up to the point, but to lose two (both!) knives in such situation, it can be disastrous.
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