Review of Ka-Bar Becker BK9 Combat Bowie Fixed Blade Knife
Ka-Bar Becker’s signature military, outdoor, tactical, hunting and survival knives are one of the best in the industry. Becker BK9 combat knife sporting an American Bowie style blade teamed up with Becker’s trademark ergonomics is an elegant addition to the arsenal of any avid hunter. The clip point tip is ideal for field-craft chores like skinning games. The Swiss made Grivory handle is admired by knife aficionados for its extraordinary durability and capacity to reduce fatigue of the hand after tenacious use. After this brief introduction, let’s get into the product details and performance.
Ka-Bar Becker BK9 Combat Bowie Fixed Blade Knife features a 9 inch long 1095 CroVan tool steel blade with Epoxy powder coated finish. Assembly of handle-full tang construction is the foundation of the product’s craftsmanship. The equipment weighs around 1.15 lbs and has an overall length of 14 ¾ inches.
The glass fiber filled nylon material infused in the Grivory handle doubles the hardness of the handle. The product comes sealed inside a Black nylon sheath with kydex insert. Among the additional features, BK9 holds a flat and high Saber Grind along with a 20-degree edge angle.
The 9 inches Bowie knife is proved to be of great advantage during survival situations you might encounter in the middle of the jungle. The thinly ground CroVan steel devises manifold cutting performance. The combination of a deep belly and a thin edge results in smooth and clean slicing of soft food items. The Bowie’s short clip swedge makes making incision on the animal skin really easy and neat. I found the thumb ramp on the spine of the blade with moderate jimping a nice little addition for a tight grip. The full tang displays an exclusively designed but for batoning and hammering chores.
The specialized Swiss made Grivory handle of a BK9 combat knife has slabs on either sides of the fully exposed full tang. The tang is stuck to its place by hex nuts and 3 solid bolts. The fiber glass filled nylon handle perfectly complements the ergonomic design of the knife. The outstanding design ensures optimal comfort during prolonged period of hunting chores. Another pleasing feature of the handle is the light swell in the middle which further reduces fatigue during the cutting task.
The Kydex liner sheath extends the longevity and features a small pocket which I found very useful for storing my flash light and some other essential tools. Apart from the snap faster to secure the knife around the handle, you’ll find four riveted holes around the sheath that can be used for tying the blade to the legs.
The quality of the sheath is not up to the mark in comparison to the quality of the knife. You can safely ignore the problem by getting a customized sheath. To conclude the review, I would call BK9 a versatile, rough and tough knife capable of withstanding tremendous pressure. The power coated finish transforms the blade steel into a fantastic rust-resistant material. If taken care of properly, the device will triumph the savage of time too.