Six Month Review- Becker BK-17

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  1. IA Woodsman

    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Bushclass Instructor

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    After using this knife for half a year, I have to say it is a great field knife.

    [video=youtube;BKy6JV288mI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKy6JV288mI[/video]

    I have used this knife for fire craft.

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    I have beat it through many branches and saplings used for building shelters.

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    It worked just fine for carving and fine work.

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    I even beat it into a tree and stood on it for fun.

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    There was not one task that I threw at this knife it did not handle. I would not hesitate to recommend this knife.
     
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  2. tree-ratsniper

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    :35: Good show! I bought one of these for a Christmas present to myself, haven't had much time to get out and use it though. Plan on stripping & etching mine and doing the texture trick to the scales...
     
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    Great, thanks IA. The wife is going to kill me for another camping purchase... JK, I do want to thank you for your equipment choices. I know I'm not the only one that buys a lot of what you recommend . Thanks for keepin them within reach for a lot us. Oh and the Mors tree test was awesome!
     
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    Thanks IA!
     
  5. Iz

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    That's a cool knife, man. Thanks for the review.

    TREE KILLER!!
     
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    I cant believe you would do that to all those defensless trees out there, good stuff now beckers sales are gonna be through the roof cause of this
     
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    It's nice to see just how much abuse the 17 can take. I love mine, which is one of my EDC knives, despite its relatively large size. Good video, IA.
     
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    Just watched this over at BF. Awesome review. Miss my 17. If only the handles would have been bigger...
     
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    Or those five pound hams you call hands would have been smaller. :4:
     
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    +1 to this
     
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    Thx for the review, very helpfu!

    Any regrets about the clip point vs. the BK16 blade shape?
     
  12. IA Woodsman

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    Nope, it worked great.
     
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    Thanx Terry
     
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    As soon as I saw one of these knives in another thread I ordered one. It arrived just in time for a camping trip and proved that it lived up to the hype. Love this knife.
     
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    Great review, thanks IA. :dblthumb:
     
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    That Bur Oak is some gnarly stuff.

    Very cool review, looks like a great knife.
     
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    Brother IA Thanks for the review on the BK-17.
     
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    Great review Terry!!
     
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    Just a curiosity question; Do you prefer clip points over drop points? Why, either way?
     
  20. IA Woodsman

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    I guess I never really thought about it. I think they both work well for what I do. How is that for not answering your question.
     
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    Nice to see that a reasonably priced knife stands up to the abuse. I picked up a 16 a few weeks back and am slowly putting it through its paces. Glad to know that if I regret it it's because SWMBO made me regret it.

    Tapatalk ate my spelling and grammar.
     
  22. The Warrior

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    Haha, perfect. ;)
     
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    Great review, Terry. I've been eye-balling those knives for a while. I'm still fighting the temptation to get another knife.
     
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    Haha I am impressed by the strength of it! I doubt I could stand on my Helle's and Mora knives haha
     
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    After seeing this I went outside and beat the piss out of my BK-16 with a lot more confidence in it than I had before.

    Thank you.
     
  26. IA Woodsman

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    Nothing makes you feel better than beating the piss out of a knife.
     
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    Good review. I may have to try it; 1095 clip point should clean game well. I like the size.
     
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    Thanks for a good real using it review.
     
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    Great review! I was just thinking the other day when you were gonna post a follow up, figured it was about that time. :O)
     
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    Great review, I like the mods.
     
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    Thank you for the solid review! I've looked at these Tweeners for awhile, and while I used to always shy away from coated blades because they didn't seem traditional or whatever, I'm bring drawn back to them simply because the blades, like this one, are bomb proof. I don't beat the crap out of them like you do (which is great, because that's part of the stuff you do), but I like knives that'll put up with abuse and won't fail me, even if all I'm doing is fire prep or cutting frozen salami.

    Great mods, too. Made the knife yours. :dblthumb:
     
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    Great review, Terry. I admire your policy of using something for 6 months before reviewing. It allows the warm fuzzies of new ownership time to deal with reality and provides an honest test. I wasn't a big fan of the other Beckers I've tried but these tweeners 16/17 seem like winners, especially once the coating is stripped. Thanks for the reviews.

    (I can't believe though that you killed one of the two living trees in Iowa:18:, just to make a video -- obligatory Iowa Joke from a Minnesotan:dblthumb:).
     
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    Haha, saw this video as soon as I woke up this morning, just now seeing the thread. While watching, I paused as soon as you stood on it! and immediately begin price searching... Must have! Lol great review!
     
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    Sorry if you mentioned this or it's been asked, but did you reprofile the blade at all? If not what sharpening method did you use? Stone, sticks, mouse pad? Thanks!
     
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    Great review.
     
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    I wanted to ask the same thing. I own the BK16 and am having a problem doing feathersticks with it. I have no problem doing a featherstick with my Mora Robust.
     
  38. IA Woodsman

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    Yes,I reprofiled it. I started with a file and took out the secondary grind. I then used a DC 4 to finish it out. I will be doing a down and dirty sharpening video soon.
     
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    I hope you are going to warn people to sit down and have the baby aspirin handy before they watch that one. I hope you pick an expensive knife; that will really raise some blood pressure:dblthumb:
     
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    It is gonna get ugly. If you are a knife collector you might want to avert your eyes. I have not decided what knife I am going to use yet, but I will most likely be a production knife.
     
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    Brace yourself for the knifesterbator onslaught, my friend. It will get ugly.
     
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    Yep. They'll want to hang your head on a pike. heh.
     
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    Thanks for the show. I have the 16 and feel the same way. Great knife.
     
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    The BK 17 is waaaay better than a Busse. The steel will shave granite without getting dull.:18:


    That should get things rolling :44:
     
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    I wanted to get a tweener and have quite a few drop point knifes, so tried the BK17. I like that it sharpens up to a good edge pretty easily. Visually it strikes me as a smaller handier USMC Kabar. I am very happy with it.
     
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    I have lots of drop points and clip points, so I tried the upswept point. It's usually not my style, but I like the ergonomics of the handle, it lets me get closer to the cutting than the other 2, or so it seems. How did you like using it for fine work, were you able to choke up on it enough to be comfortable?
     
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    Great review. Been looking at the 16 vs 17 for awhile now and this review is a ringing endorsement for the 17. So many choices. I know, I know, get them both. Maybe in time.

    Anybody think the saber grind on the 17 allowed it to survive being in IA's hands makes it a studier knife as opposed to the flat grind on the 16? I have never been back and forth on two knives more in my life. I need help.

    Thanks for putting that knife through its paces for us IA. Can't wait for more vids.
     
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    I much prefer sabre grinds. I think they are tougher (and look better too). Just an FYI there are BK16s out there in a sabre grinds. I think SMKWs had some last I checked.
     
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    Yeah, saber is a little bit more what I am used to. I checked and SMKW is all out of the BK16 sabers. Thanks for the heads up though. I see a lot of 16s with flat grinds on here and people seem happy with them. Terry's 17 in the vid was a saber so I thought maybe that was why it was able to handle so much.
     

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