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KA-BAR BK17 Short Becker Clip Point Fixed 4-3/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Cordura Sheath - 2-0017-5

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Part Number: KABK17
Manufacturer: Becker Knife and Tool
Retail Price: $118.51
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Description
KABK17: BK17 Short Becker Clip Point
KA-BAR Knives
 
Becker Knife & Tool Designs

Ethan Becker founded Becker Knife & Tool in the early 1980's and set about designing, manufacturing and selling the industrial-strength tactical and survival knives that he had always wanted for himself. His products, the BK&T line, have gone a long way to making these now popular all-black knives in demand.

Mr. Becker spends as much time as possible in the outdoors testing a variety of equipment and knife designs, and also works to expand his primitive and outdoor skills. He collaborated with KA-BAR in 2008 and has reintroduced and brought up to date his belt selling models.
Specifications
  • Model: BK17 Short Becker Clip Point
  • Blade Length: 4-3/8"
  • Overall Length: 9-1/4"
  • Steel:: 1095 Cro-Van
  • Blade Stamp: BK&T/KA-BAR
  • Grind: Flat
  • HRC: 56-58
  • Handle: Zytel
  • Includes extra set of handles and fasteners
  • Sheath: Cordura
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 617717200175

1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for it's extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
4.750 (4 reviews)
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5 out of 5
K. Petersen
Blue Springs, MO
Feb 06, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Materials, None
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Great all-around use knife
This is a relatively inexpensive option for camp, bushcrafting, or self-defense; good (but not great) for all in my opinion. I bought the BK-2 companion a few years back and was overwhelmed by its size. I wanted a smaller knife just like it, but opted for the 17 rather than the 16 since I found it cheaper and it fits my overall purpose-driven knife criteria a bit better. I've removed the finish and put micarta scales with spacers on it and I've never felt a better feeling and handling knife after doing so. The sheath is decent quality but too long for the knife as it looks like it's made to fit the 15,16, or 17 (the 15 is the longest knife of the tweeners). I kept the sheath to go on my pack but was looking for a better belt carry option. I found from other users that the leather sheath for the buck ergohunter was a perfect fit (also for the 16) so I ordered one. It works great for the knife and feels great wearing it too. The blade is thick enough to take some pretty good abuse to dig, pry, baton, etc. if needed in a pinch, and also holds an edge better than any other 1095 steel knife I have. The grind markings are a bit obvious (but not unsightly) after removing the coating if you choose to do so (which I highly recommend). If I had to give it some cons, I would say that even though they give you two sets of handles for this knife, they're two sets of handles you're probably going to want to replace (or wrap something grippy around them). Also, I'm used to a larger choil on a knife this size for finer tasks but that's not a huge downer for me. The jimping is adequate but I would have preferred deeper grooves so I'm going to grind that out to the way I want it. I have yet to see the perfect do-all knife but this one's pretty close for the money.
5 out of 5
Wease D.
Florida
Aug 03, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
I gave it to a friend for personal protection, and for useing during hunting season, and she loves it!
5 out of 5
Ben S.
Boise, ID
Jul 09, 2012
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Finish, None
This knife is almost perfect. It's as good as a do-it-all knife gets. The flat saber grind is durable, but thin enough to do serious slicing tasks, and the point is fine but strong for both detailed and abusive survival and utility work. The handle is great-hugs the contour of your hand without any aggressive corners. Kabar needs to drop the new textured coat and go back to the old flat finish. Mine is all torn up after a week of use and looks like crap. And, of course, price the blade comparatively size-wise with the rest of the Beckers... Sheath is AWESOME-10 different mounting solutions, retains the blade with no questions, no blade ratle in the sheath, well-finished and durable.
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