The End-All BK2 Mod Thread

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  1. Enzo

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    There are many threads about the BK2, across many forums. I’d like to make a single thread that can consolidate all BK2 modifications into one place. These mods include changes to the knife, changes to its sheath, or custom/aftermarket sheaths.

    POST ANY BK2 MODS HERE

    Post your own mods, or ones that you’ve come across on the Internet. If they aren’t yours, just note that in your post.

    To get it started, I’ll post the ones I’ve come across on Google Images and various other websites. If you notice any that are yours, feel free to say so and I’ll edit in a tag to give you credit. Unless otherwise noted, all pics I post are not mine.

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    This one is mine:
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    This one isn’t a mod, It’s an official release. Model BK32:
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    I picked up a custom sheath from Carl Thomas on amazon for under $50. My original kydex sheath had cracked. I never really liked the hang of the original and was eager to acquire a cross draw
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    Beautiful fit (Carl's Photo)
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    @John Mastracchio Carl Thomas is one of my favorite sheath makers. I have one of his sheaths for my Buck Special, and back when I had a Buck Folding Hunter I had one of his on that one too. He makes great sheaths.
     
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    My clipped 2:

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    My Camillus 2 mod:

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    Not mine, but one I've always admired:

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    Some really nice work there. joe
     
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    My sheath mod for the 2:

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    Oh I cringed at the first pic with serrated tip, bail loop indent, and line cutter.
    And the gray stippled handle with the bizarre blade

    The rest look good
     
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    had a lot of fun creating this badboy. Wish I still had it.
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    That’s a BK2??
     
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    Yes Sir. Started off as a Ka-Bar Becker bk2
     
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    Man, that is impressive.
     
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    Here's my mod in process: an old axe handle repurposed.
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    I've kerfed the old handle with a drill and chisels; I'm attempting to retain a solid palm swell.
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    I have plenty of old axe handles to repurpose. If this one doesn't work, I may try splitting another handle for more traditional scales and fill in the gaps after.
     
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    Super great thread!!! Thanks for starting this @Enzo! :dblthumb:
     
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    Thank you, this is the same knife and was actually the first stage of its customization
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    This dude did some unique stuff.
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    I do not need a BK2...I do not need a BK2....I do not need a BK2.....
     
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    You need a BK2
     
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    Lol that's what I said too about the serechete
     
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    @Enzo
    You can't see me.
    But I salute you for this tread
     
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    I love this thread. I’ll try to find a pic I took of mine. Nothing fancy, but I did a patina that came out kinda tiger striped. I’d love to have a mirror polish on it though...
     
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    I was surprised this thread didn’t exist already, this has been a recurring subject for a decade. lol
     
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    Attaching the allen wrench to the sheath is a good idea! I actually had to whittle one from a stick when my hardware loosened on a camping trip. I had been batoning through a lodgepole pine with it to make a bucksaw. The whittled wrench barely snugged each bolt before stripping out and having to be carved again.

    No extreme mods to any of my BK2s. Here's a leather dangler sheath I made and a psk pouch mod to a factory sheath.

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    A kydex ferro rod holder. IIRC this wouldn't fit the hole spacing on the earlier style sheath.

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    I started out with micarta scales on this one.

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    Later I switched them out for G10 scales. So far I like these.

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    Anyone thinking about adding G10 scales should be aware that they won't work on the earlier BK2s. The hardware is designed to pass through the skeletonized area on the newer models.

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    Here's a comparison of the grivory, micarta and G10 scales. To me the G10 scales are the most comfortable.

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    Great thread. There are some impressive mods here, improving both form and function.
    So far @tobiism is leading the field by half a lap with that steel pommelled (is that a word?) masterpiece.
     
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    The size and shape of the BK handles kept me from buying one. The new version appears to have a smaller grip.
     
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    @62flint it does not have a smaller grip.
     
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    The photo with the old style and new style tangs side by side must be an optical illusion.
     
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    They are the same size. The same scales fit both the older and newer knives. The only difference was the skeletonized area and the pommel on the newer version.

    I prefer the old style since it is stronger. The new style is still incredibly strong. I did see a video where the knife broke at the forward skeletonized area. It was put through extreme abuse before breaking. IIRC he was cutting a tree down, batoning it a claw hammer when it finally broke.
     
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    The balance is improved with the new style. And Ethan Becker said the architecture of the cutouts makes the handle about as strong as the original. Not sure if that’s true or not, but it’s what I heard. It costs Ka-Bar more to make the skeletonized ones than it did to make the solid-tang ones.
     
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    Here’s mine. I did it several years ago. It’s the old solid tang version. I stripped it, made ironwood scales, and a leather sheath. If memory serves, the pins are stainless steel nails from Home Depot. This was about the fourth or fifth sheath I ever made.

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    I left the tang exposed on the back in case I ever need to hammer it through an engine block.
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    In truth I have not used this knife much, but if I ever need a short stout pry bar with a sharp edge, it’s my huckleberry.

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    @JohnP your BK2 is gorgeous. That color is really nice.
     
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    Great thread. Marcus Claxton did many of the ones in the original post. He likes to use spalted woods and also does very nice, over built sheaths. He's done a lot of knives and sheaths for me in the past.
     
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    With the sort of hard use that the BK2 is designed for, I can’t imagine how terrible that blue paracord wrap handle would feel. You’d feel all the shocks caused by such use. Hand would feel broken. Lol.
     
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    @Enzo , you sure are spending a lot of time on Google images, haha. :dblthumb:

    Or Pinterest, or...
     
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    Google images, lol. the doc's having me soak my left hand every day, so I've had some time to kill while i do that.
     
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