I’ve had this knife for awhile and have been anxious to post a review. My Kabar Becker BK2 Campanion is a Second Generation model and is advertised as being manufactured from 1095 Cro-Van steel. The name of this steel is a bit deceiving and I suspect it was used for marketing purposes to take advantage of the popularity of 1095 steel blades.
The scales are made from a material called Grivory which is considered to be a High Performance thermoplastic. The material is mainly used in the automotive industry for high temperature housings. The sheath is a combination of glass-filled nylon and nylon webbing and holds the knife secure with or without the seperate retention strap around the grip.
1) The thick full tang blade has plenty of weight for heavy chores while still being short enough for most light work.
2) The sheath has actually had some thought put into it. The knife can be inserted in either direction so it can be worn on the right or left side. The sheath will hold the knife solidly enough that you don’t need to use the retention strap. This is a great feature since it allows the owner to customize the sheath if desired by removing the nylon webbing and installing a solid loop or locking MOLLE adaptor. The sheath has a additional keeper installed on it which enables it to be worn with a dropleg adaptor or it could be worn horizontally on the belt.
3) The Grivory grips are bolted on. There are several custom grips now available for this knife. I’ve even seen beautiful maple grips on a customized BK2. I suspect that KaBar had this in mind when they made them and I’ll explain below.
4) Made in the USA
5) The blade has a fantastic grind on it. Flat ground about 2/3rds up the blade keeping a nice thick spine.
1) The Grivory grips could use some profiling or texture. It hasn’t happened to me yet but I could see this knife becoming slippery with wet hands or gloves. As I mentioned above, I believe that this was KaBar’s intention when the scales were designed. There is plenty of material in these scales to carve or shape for a better grip. I may even try to do some old-school checkering on them this winter when I have more time.
2) If you plan to purchase and use this knife be prepared to have the powder coating wear off.
I am very satisfied with the quality of this knife. I’ve had Beckers before and I’ve had Ka-Bars before but this one is my favorite from both the brands. I have total confidence in this knife. It is currently the knife I rely on in my bug-out gear and I would wear it everyday if my job required it. This knife is a beast for it’s size. It feels solid and hefty in the hand. To date it has performed flawlessly at any task from slicing to chopping and holds an edge extremely well. A MOLLE attachment would have been nice but you can easily modify the sheath or purchase an SDS MOLLE adaptor from a military surplus dealer.
The KaBar Becker BK2 as well as the rest of the Kabar Becker line are available at Amazon:
Update: It looks like the US Gov’t has issued a contract to KaBar to supply a serrated version of the BK2. That knife is not available to the public at the time this article was published.