Things I have learned using Becker knives

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by YellowSwiss, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. YellowSwiss


    Sep 28, 2015
    A few years ago I really started the search for the ultimate outdoors knife (ultimate for me YMMV) and it did not take long to see all the references to Becker knives. My first was the BK7, which is an awesome knife, but I still felt I was looking for something else. When I got my first BK9, I knew I had found what I was looking for.

    Using these knives extensively in the outdoors, I have made some great discoveries. Some are obvious, others I gladly learned through my own use of these wonderful knives.

    1. I don't need the latest super steel - in fact, for chopping, batoning and other hard uses, 1095 is EXACTLY what I need.

    2. Carbon steel works just fine - My rust worries were mostly unfounded...the more I used my knife, the more the patina seemed to protect it. Add to that the oils from food prep and maintenance, and it does just fine.

    3. Field maintenance...especially sharpening, is going to be a necessary "evil" - I found out that damaged edges might happen (see number 4) and having a blade you can actually resharpen fairly easily is important.

    4. With Beckers, I find myself confident enough to do things I might not with another knife. Although I never recommend outright abuse, I decided pushing it in a non-life threatening scenario was better than finding out the hard way that your equipment is not up to task. I have used my BK9 to chop, baton, pry and even dig. I accidentally chopped into a rock once but was surprised what little edge damage there was. I was able to get it back into shape fairly easy where many blades would have chipped, seen a lot more edge damage, or would have been difficult to sharpen.

    5. I do not need a Rockwell hardness akin to diamonds, adamantium or Mjolnir to get the job done - There are other factors besides just how hard the steel is that determines how useful a knife is to me. Yeah, I don't want some pot steel softy in the field...Becker knives work perfectly for me.

    6. Edge geometry - I have owned knives that I thought would be perfect, only to find the thickness behind the edge was just not practical for delicate tasks...nor do you want an edge that is too thin. I have used my BK9 to chop, but I have also carved spoons and forks (I actually used them fact my cousin still uses one of the forks I carved when he does competitive BBQ). I also use it for field dressing and final meat prep, food prep and hundreds of other tasks. Many laugh at first when I start using a 9" blade for these tasks, but always seem pleasantly surprised at how well it gets the job done.

    On a final note, let me make a comment about this forum. I have seen many discussion forums and boards quickly digress into a virtual shouting match of disagreement. I have always been happy and how the ladies and gentlemen of our little corner conduct themselves. Thank you all and thank you Uncle E!

  2. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    The niner is a winner, fo sho. My most used blade.
  3. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    Becker Knives and 1095cv are all winners :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Oh yea how can I forget the D2 24 is also a winner :p:p love that little knife .
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  4. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Well said. Plus you referenced Mjolnir. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  5. cut it out

    cut it out Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    I totally agree. I for years bought all these super high end “best of the best”
    Knives only to find that yes there super cool but for real world work horses Becker and ESEE are hard to beat in all aspects other than collecting or resale. But for using. Hard to beat these 2 companies. I still use a lot of my higher end knives and still love them but I finally realize the Becker’s and ESEE are all I really need for real world use.
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  6. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Yesterday, my wife asked me if we could keep my BK Tuko in the kitchen utensil drawer. Made me proud. :D
  7. Aikiguy


    Aug 28, 2013
    Well said Swiss...
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  8. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Very well said Brother
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  9. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Dammit now I have to look it up!!! Edit And now I know:)
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  10. YellowSwiss


    Sep 28, 2015
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  11. Jonny1280

    Jonny1280 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    Nice write-up.
    Well done YS!
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  12. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    Thank you for that dissertation....Remind me please that I owe you at least one beer when(I hope)we meet!....E
  13. Tdhurl1103


    Dec 6, 2012
    Becker’s are still my go to fixed blades.
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  14. Roguer


    Jan 5, 2015
    Eh', they work.
  15. Revolverrodger


    Jul 23, 2007
    I have similar experiences
    To me super steels are not required for real world use
    I prefer a chopper that uses a carbon steel that is easy to maintain in the field

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  16. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    I like the so called super steels as long as they are on Knives that fold :D fixed blade rough use and even light use 1095cv works just fine :thumbsup::thumbsup: That's something I learned using and enjoying Becker Knives ;) my hand sharpening has improved too :) Thanks Ethan and KaBar for making some Fantastic Wonderful Blades for us to enjoy :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
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  17. YellowSwiss


    Sep 28, 2015
    I need to take my Harley on q trip to Montana someday. I have never ridden there. A buddy told me I need to ride the Going-to-the-Sun Highway.
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  18. Bobber

    Bobber Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2009
    If you ever get to try out the BK4....
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  19. knifejunkie1928


    Feb 15, 2015
    Damn you really nailed all the points that make Beckers so amazing. I'm amazed how many people whine all day about steel and rockwell hardness and don't even pay attention to your #6 point, edge geometry. Kabar is the only (made in the USA) production knife maker that I buy from that still makes a knife with a thin working edge. I was just at blade show and its frankly sad how many production and custom makers ruin knives with bad geometry. It seems all thats necessary to sell a knife is just a pretty handle and super steel, function is just secondary.
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  20. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    Very well put and very knicely stated.

    Becker Knives rock for many reasons, not the least of which being Uncle E., Kabar, 10995 and the way they do it, the handle ergos, the blade shapes - just great knives from a great company at fair prices ... with uncle E. thrown in as a bonus!

    Your post touches upon the Becker experience very well; thank you.
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