BK15 Alternative

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by TP9, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. TP9

    TP9

    33
    Apr 5, 2016
    Hi

    I'm new to Beckers and loving them. I started with an 11 and immediately bought a 16, I am looking to get a 9 but I also have a real need 15. Unfortunately I found Becker knives to late and the 15 is no longer in production. I have been watching eBay but no luck so far. Is there an alternative or knive with a similar blade shape and profile that could fill its shoes? Thanks ahead of time for any responses.
     
  2. DerekH

    DerekH Handsome According to my Mother Moderator

    Nov 18, 2010
    If you are after something pointy tipped, the BK17 would work. Otherwise, nothing else really comes close in the lineup. I would keep your eyes open, probably a few will show up at some point.
     
  3. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    List a WTB in the exchange, I bet someone has a spare 15 or two.
     
  4. gtblade

    gtblade

    237
    Oct 22, 2015
    I just bought a used very good condition 15 on eBay for a good price keep your eyes out.
     
  5. nutoknives

    nutoknives Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    Grab a 5 as the 15 is a mini the 5
     
  6. foofie

    foofie Gold Member Gold Member

    769
    Sep 25, 2011
    Or three, or four. But I promise, no more than that:D
    It will be worth the wait
     
  7. TravisH

    TravisH Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2014
    Or five or six... :rolleyes:


    As it gets closer to the end of the year, more are sure to appear on the secondary markets. Just keep a close eye on the Knife Exchange and fleabay (create a followed search with alerts).

    If the need is immediate, the Short USMC Kabars 1250 and 1256 should work.
     
  8. bigbadboom

    bigbadboom

    417
    Jan 4, 2007
    Less of a bargain but the Spyderco southfork looks fairly similiar....
     
  9. ducati

    ducati Gold Member Gold Member

    266
    Sep 13, 2000
    How about a Randall Model 3 or 4? Of course there is a slight increase in price.
     
  10. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    The BK5 and BK15s are my favorites so i feel your pain. They are out there and worth waiting for.

    There are alternatives out there but pricier and, IMHO, not really better.

    As suggested, the BK17 could probably hold you over and is a good knife in its own right.
     
  11. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    I think the 17 is the furthest from the 15. Sure, that tip comes back a little bit, but only because the spine has been ground away, and it's the least-slicey of the bunch, whereas the 15 is the most-slicey due to the FFG and swedge.
     
  12. bigbadboom

    bigbadboom

    417
    Jan 4, 2007
    Theres one in the OZ bladeforums sale forum.
     
  13. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    Good points. The 17 does have a pointy point, irrespective of how it got it and can stab a pickle from a jar better than the BK16. However, as you correctly state, it does lack the FFG of the 15 so, in typical Beckerhead fashion, I would then humbly suggest that a FFG BK16 and a BK17 be acquired as hold-overs until a 15 can be secured.

    That would leave TP9 will all three Tweeners eventually ... BRILLIANT! :D
     
  14. NixKustoms

    NixKustoms Sheath and Knife Maker

    Dec 30, 2010
    I'm wondering if one could grind a ffg 16 into a 15 looking blade? Hmm...
     
  15. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    You'd end up with some weird drop/clip thing. The spine would end up an inch low.

    What ARE the good trailing point alternatives out there right now??
     
  16. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Keep the faith, you'll find one. It's worth the wait. 15 is my only Becker :eek: but I'm thrilled with it.

    Zieg
     
  17. NixKustoms

    NixKustoms Sheath and Knife Maker

    Dec 30, 2010
    I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that. The closest thing I've got is a kephart. Condor?
     
  18. NixKustoms

    NixKustoms Sheath and Knife Maker

    Dec 30, 2010
    Mora knives too maybe.
     
  19. LeeBower

    LeeBower

    Aug 25, 2005
    There is no alternative to a 15 :) Keep looking and you will find one.
     
  20. NCSlice

    NCSlice Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 22, 2015
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    The Schrade 165OT.
    It's still in production as a Chinese stainless POS
    Find a good vintage USA made carbon steel. They're very sturdy. I don't have all the specs for the USA made but I can say they're well built. There's variations in scale materials but this is the basic delrin.
     

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