Death of a BK9: Resurected

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by Revolverrodger, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Revolverrodger


    Jul 23, 2007
    I was very surprised when my BK-9 failed me on a bushcraft expedition. I went on a two night winter camp with my friend and worked on building a survival shelter.
    While I was chopping branches of a pine tree (dead white pine) the blade chipped drastically. I never had a blade chip so badly in my life.
    It wasn't even that cold (zero degrees celcius) and I have done more intense work in colder temperatures many times with other knives.
    Could it be a defective heat treat ? Will Kabar replace it ?

    Here are the pics of the knife




    Here is a video of the outing for those interested


    UPDATE: Got a replacement BK8 from Kabar
    Great guys to deal with.
    I'm looking forward to use it hard
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2016
  2. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    you hit a knot - especially on a dead pine/hemlock tree, the resin gets as hard as glass as far as knives are concerned - between that and the twisty grain, they are kryptonite for choppers.

    email the pics to Kabar to let them know it's coming, then mail it in with a copy of your post so they can decide if it was a flaw in the steel (hidden inclusions are no fun and nobody's fault) or what happened and they will let you know if they will replace it once their QC folks have had a look-see.
  3. Revolverrodger


    Jul 23, 2007
    Thanks vik !
    My friend had another knife and had no problem going thru the same wood.
    Makes me think it might be the heat treat
  4. Ulf Krogstad

    Ulf Krogstad

    Nov 19, 2013
    What knife did your friend have?
  5. Revolverrodger


    Jul 23, 2007
    He used an Ontario SP8
    The thing chopped thru ice and wood with no problem
    No edge rolling and no chipping
  6. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    the SP8 has a much thicker primary grind and like I said - if you hit a knot wrong, it can shear steel.
  7. Revolverrodger


    Jul 23, 2007
    Should I contact Kabar or is there a specific Becker contact ?
  8. knife chop

    knife chop

    Feb 11, 2014
    This is just adding to my distrust to kabar's HT.

    Kabar will replace it since you haven't stripped the coating.
  9. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    send an email to Kabar. (or call them)
    so they know it's on the way.
    Include a copy of your original post with the pictures in the box with the knife and your phone number & email address so they can contact you after they have a chance to look at it.
  10. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    doesn't the FAQ by now say this? every winter someone chops a dead xmas trees, and this happens. ;)

    don't chop those things. even with an axe. i broke an axe head that way once. throws sparks. silicated ligin is bad enough, but then you freeze it? oiy.

    classic chonchoidal stress fracture in a hard material.

    course, there's 10000000s of people doing this, and we only get a few chip outs.

    so. not a lot to distrust there. it's like hitting a pot hole. most of the time it's okay. sometimes it's not.

    that's why a warranty.
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  11. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    That'll buff out.


    I wouldn't worry about the heat treat on Ka-Bars either.

    Shit just happens......though it does seem to happen in winter more....

  12. JTmisterknifeguy


    May 22, 2013
    They should take good care of you in Olean...
  13. Revolverrodger


    Jul 23, 2007
    I think you are right. I love the bk9 I think I just got unlucky somehow
  14. fishiker


    Nov 5, 2006
    Do you plan to post updates on how the warranty is handled? I may not be a regular here but own a few Beckers including a BK9. I hope everything is resolved to your satisfaction.
  15. Bufford

    Bufford Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Thats not death but merely scars of a tough day on the job. It will come out with a bit of a modification. Grind it back and it will be fine.
  16. B.Mauser


    Jul 22, 2011

    Just contact KaBar. They handle the Becker Warranty. I would tell them you posted pictures here. They will want you to send it in for them to inspect before they make a decision if you will get a new one.
  17. JDMiller


    Jul 3, 2015
    So stripping the paint voids the warranty you say ?
  18. B.Mauser


    Jul 22, 2011
    It can. Not always.

    We have had people here send in broken knives and KaBar told them the warranty is void because they striped the knife. I dont strip my Beckers anymore because of this.

    Pretty unfair policy in my opinion. I just cant see how that can affect anything.

    Luckily they are such great knives most people will never need the warranty.
  19. JDMiller


    Jul 3, 2015
    The paint gives the steel strength
  20. Ferahgo


    Mar 6, 2014
    The second i saw this I imagined a recurve BK9 mod.

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