BK 2 vs BK 16

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  1. Pitre

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    I've been doing some research here on th forum and other online resources,and I've decided on eigther the BK 2 or the BK 16. I want a knife to compliment my mora clipper necker but not something to big you know. I know the BK2 has a little over an inch longer blade but I'm still leaning towards the 16. I would use it for more heavier work like batoning when I'm on a small scout without my axe. Any thoughts on whether I should go with the bigger blade? Thanks
     
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    I say go with the BK2 it is a TANK.
     
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    Bk2 you wont be disappointed
     
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    You may consider carrying only the 16, Kabar does a great heat treat and that knife will get very sharp, while still holding up to batoning. If youre looking for a two knife setup, I would go for a BK7 and your mora. I use that combo regularly. This being said, I have a BK2 headed my way, but I can't speak for it just yet.

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    BK16 and Mora are going to fill the same niche. (I have both and love both)
    if you want something smaller/lighter than an axe or hatchet for processing wood, you might consider a bamboo knife, which is designed for splitting chores but only has a 6" blade.
     
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    You really can't compare the two knives based on blade length or shape. Their properties go far beyond that and are really two dissimilar blades based on design objectives. The BK-2 was designed as a large general purpose camp knife. When you are done batoning with it you can use it to drive railroad spikes through the nearest Oldsmobile engine block.

    The BK-16 was designed as more of an every day carry woodsman's knife. Smaller, lighter, handier but less capable of tackling the really big tasks that the BK-2 is better suited for.

    If your interest is in something just to baton with then go with the BK-2. Forewarned is forearmed, though - it is a heavy hunk of metal and will pull your britches down.

    If you can live without the requirement to be able to baton big wood then go with the BK-16. It is a better all-around field knife.

    Neither is a bad choice. It just depends on your needs/wants.
     
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    Good post bharen.
     
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    If you want something you can beat on without a second thought, the BK2 certainly fills that role. It is 1/4" thick! I have only ever heard of 1 person who actually managed to break a BK2, and he was only able to do that after throwing his knife hundreds of times.
    The downside is the weight that comes with such a thick blade. But I will say that I have quickly gotten used to it, and I don't notice the weight very much until I pick up my Mora which feels light as a feather.

    The BK16 is much closer in size and weight to a mora than the BK2.

    I have a BK2, but not a BK16, so I can't speak first hand about them.

    Your choice. Either way, Kabar Beckers have a very good reputation for being strong, dependable knives. I know I haven't been disappionted with my BK2.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for your opinions. Like I said, I want a Becker to compliment my mora. I guess I should of also said that I want a bigger blade not only for batoning, I want it small enough for smaller chores also. Just looking for something a little bigger and more heavy duty than the mora, but not a knife that will " pull my britches down" as bharen said. Lol
     
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    You might look into the tops fieldcraft knife. Ive had mine for a while and really find it to be a great balance between the beckers and moras. It offers IMHO the best of both worlds. I think the other guys have offered some very good advice also. Its all about what you personally like.
     
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    With this in mind, I'd suggest you look for a BK10 (5.5" blade, but 3/16" thick -- basically, a shortened BK7) or a Ritter Perseverence Mk2 (BK12) which is not made by Kabar, but is a collaboration Becker was part of -- it's a 6" long spearpoint blade 3/16" thick. Downside is it runs about $50 more than a BK2 or BK16. I also have both of these and they're good woods blades.
     
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    I've got a BK-2 with a custom (JRE?) sheath made in Camillius that is nearly new, with an extra set of solid wood scales I am going to be putting up for sale soon if you are interested... $110 shipped. (the sheath is probably $70 or $80...)

    Hal
     
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    I have the BK2 and Mora. Just can't go wrong with that combo.
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    Hal, would you mind posting some pics?
    Thanks
     
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    I have both. I love my BK2... But the BK16 is amazing too...

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    I will post some tomorrow night, I need to get it out of storage. I forgot I had it in my bushcrafting toolbox and not here with me....
     
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    A few good points here. The BK-10 is a great blade but is currently out of production. Ka-Bar has commented several times recently that it will be put back into production 'soon'. I consider it a better field blade than the BK-2, but I keep mine in pristine condition as a collector's item (I have one of the Camillus blades that was finished out by Ka-Bar). When Ka-Bar does re-introduce the BK-10 I'll be first in line to buy one.

    The BK-12/Ritter Perseverence MK2 is an excellent knife and, again, a better all-around blade than the BK-2. But it is almost twice the price.

    Another very good non-Becker 'whackaround blade' is the Ka-Bar Large Heavy Bowie. For the size the thing is surprisingly well balanced and has an excellent blade shape. It is a flat grind so, in theory, won't baton as well as the BK-2, but still should do just fine. You can usually pick one up for a few bucks less than the BK-2.
     
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    I have a couple BK-14s, a BK-16, and a BK-12. I don't own a BK-2, but my buddy at work does and I've used it quite a bit. Overall, I think I prefer my BK-12 over the the BK-2, just seems a little more versatile to me. That said, my BK-14 is my favorite knife I own. It goes everywhere with me in a Skystorm leather pocket sheath:

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    The BK-16 is probably the most "bushcrafty" Becker, being of a very good size for a lot of different tasks, and very comfortable to use, but to compliment a smaller knife I'd go for something a bit bigger like the BK-12 (if you can afford it) or a BK-9 if wood-processing is your goal.

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    BK2 weighs about a pound - that quarter inch thick blade rules but it is what it is. Sounds like you may be leaning towards the BK16 (super cool knife from what I've heard) but here's my BK2 commercial if you are still undecided ...

    It whittles tiny spoons and forks and things...
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    It prepares the most flamable object in the known universe...
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    It chops seasoned oak for no good reason...
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    It cleans fish...
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    It poses majestically...
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    What's not to love?

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    Thanks to everyone for y'alls opinions, I've decided to go with the bk2, I mean, I could always tighten my belt one more notch lol!!
    Thanks again
     
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    I am sure you will be happy. Enjoy and stay safe
     
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    Your going to love that blade! I stripped mine, added walnut scales, finished the tang, had Skysyorm Leather make me a sheath and re-profiled the hollow grind to a Lanskey 25deg edge. My Mora now stays in my pack as a backup/foodprep blade.

    Here's some pics.
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    Got my BK2 yesterday. I agree you'll love it! I will have an Azwelke kydex sheath on the way for it. Have fun when you get it, and post pics! :D
     
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    I also used my Lansky to put a 25 deg edge on it. Made a big difference
     
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    Good choice.

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    I have both. For me the BK16 is a great little bushcraft knife. Would work great combo-ed with an axe or hatchet. IMHO the BK2 is a very robust knife.. more suited for that indestructible one tool survival blade, that you can take out, do some serious batoning/abuse.. it just laughs it off.. kind of a jack of all trades. So with that just gotta weight which you would prefer, but both are very affordable.. so if you get one, chance you'll get the other.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the BK2....The factory sheath is sad though....but you can easily find many better options.

    I've stripped the finish off mine....and then parkerized it.

    Best thing I can say about it....is if you need to carve a eating tool or field dress a Buick.....suitable for either task.
     
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    Hal, the pictures aren't working for some reason. Sorry
     
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    My sheath mod....

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    Echo2 -- that's a very cool (and apparently well-thought-out) sheath mod!
     
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    I have heard talk about people putting a convex edge on, has anyone done this? if so how is it? did it effect the heat treatment? would you recomend it....?
    th Potbelly also cought my eye, anyone got/use one?
     
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    Bk2 and potbelly

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    Easy. Bk2 and a SAK camper. Mora stays at home for jobs around the house.
     
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    Just listed my Becker (Camillus) on Fleabay if there is any interest.
     
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    --- Good combo!!! But I'd replace the SAK Camped with a SAK Farmer (or SwissTool... I LOVE mine!!!!!)

    I'm glad I found this thread because I've been contemplating on choosing between my BK-2 or my RAT Cutlery RC-4.

    My gripes... BK-2 -heavy, but I love the handle size. RC-4 - handle way too small for me, but lighter.

    Thought the BK-16 would be a good compromise between the two... and it might well be.

    But I'll stick to my BK-2.
     
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    Yup, I convexed the secondary bevel within a week of owning my BK2. I have a friend who has a belt sander, and that worked well to get it about 80% done. I finished it up on sandpaper and a mousepad. I just went really slow with the belt sander and took my time to keep from overheating it. It still holds an edge very well.

    It slices far better being convexed. Making feathersticks takes far less effort. Although I messed up the pretty black coating, it was well worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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    If you want a knife I'd go for the BK16, if you want a prybar that is thick and heavy I'd go BK2 (I own the BK2 and it is overkill for my purposes). The B16 will be plenty strong for bushcraft chores IMHO.

    with that said, most of my blades are around 1/8" and I am baised towards that.
     
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    My choice is the BK2. I'm a retired fireman and I can break an anvil with a rubber mallet and my BK2 is still going strong. I really think it is fireman proof
     
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    Is that a partially serrated BK2? I have never seen that. Is that a custom mod or did you buy it like that?
     
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    Just one small observation.
    You've got that compass mounted around a lot of steel (blade, rivets, etc).
    May not make for too accurate nav'?
     
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    I don't have a BK2 - yet, but I do have a BK7 & a Potbelly.
    The Potbelly is a great heavy knife, no doubt about that, but generally if I'm anticiapting using a heavy blade I tend to pick the BK7 first.
    Nopthing at all against the Potbelly, it's a fgine blade & I do like using it a lot, but the BK7 suits me better personally.
     
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    I've pretty much settled on a combo of BK-7 & BK-16. I also have and use some other knives in various combos too, at times, such as the Condor Woodlore, Mora, and some "vintage" (aka "old") ones - Red River, Old Hick, etc.

    I *almost* got a BK-2 sometime back, but after trying out one of the T.B. Trackers, I realized that a big 1/4" thing like that was kinda' "overkill" for me, in practice. I like the BK "cromo" steel and the BK-7 gives me a good, sturdy blade, but lighter for hauling around and has a better length/reach than the BK-2.

    The BK-16 is the same steel and sized/shaped for more bushcraft/camp type general use. I'm liking it.

    For the smallest type of stuff, the BK-7 came with a little BK-13 that tucks in its sheath. Or I like my CRKT "Minimalist" necker.
     
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    I have both the 2 and 16. Like them a lot. Still prefer my 2 though.....I like knowing that if it gets dull I can still beat someone to death with it if need be. The 16 is pretty nice too but I don't mind the weight so the 2 is my pick between them.
     
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    haha, thats awesome, and so true!
     
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    As has been stated, the BK2 is a tank. It can handle the heavy lifting and handle the finer work.

    Here's mine:

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    I also have a Mora as my Backup Knife, which I just picked up:

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    I have the Potbelly as well, and it is a great knife. But, mine has also taken a back seat to my Becker.
     
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    I love my Skystorm sheath. So glad I found him.
     

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