- Apr 20, 2001
Found this after I ordered the Dog Head a few days ago, great reading!
Viking did you ever get a 17? If you didn't PM me and I will send you one.NCSlice.
I guess I need to do something. This place is getting too quiet.
Maybe I can talk KA-BAR into sending me one of the now discontinued BK-17s, to do a comparison with.
I always wanted the BK-17 since it first came out. I ended up with the 16 and the 15, but no 17. I popped on over to the Becker forum the other day and was saddened to learn it had been discontinued.
I'm still sort of amazed with all the detractors the KA-BAR F/U knife has. And how many people don't think it would work as a field knife. I'm guessing they have never used one and are just spouting off. The internet creates a lot of instant experts.
I believe the complete opposite. I have found it to be an extremely capably general purpose field knife. Perhaps the "Jack of All Trades" saying applies here. Capable of many tasks yet not the best at any. I see that as somewhat true.
Yet I also see job specific, tightly focused knives, coming up way short. Once they are taken outside their design parameters.
With draws and additional boxes full of knives. Many of them stupid expensive. I never saw myself as becoming the champoin of the KA-BAR Fighting/Utility. I definitely wasn't a true believer going in.
If you factor in all aspects of this knife. The intial cost, the weight, the sheath. It's versatility, and yes, even it's strength. I see it as a suberb value overall in a GP Camp Knife.
Are the BK-7 or the ESEE-6 more rugged? I would agree they are.
Then again the M1 Abrahams is tougher than my jeep. But I don't usually need a tank to go grocery shopping. I find the Dog's Head more than rugged enough for 98%of my usage.
In a "Three Tool" or "Four Tool" setup. The Dog's Head, coupled with a small knife like a Mora, or KA-BAR's neck knife and an axe or hatchet. Or perhaps a small Bucksaw or folding saw. Covers many, if not all the usual bases.