Becker BK14 "EsKabar"Ka-Bar's Page
|I put the orange scales on|
The blade is a full flat grind (FFG) drop point with a good bit of belly, which I like in a knife. One side of the blade has the ESEE stamp, and the other side of the blade has a Ka-Bar stamp. Quite the partnership.
The scales are very clean and look well made. The "handle" has a pronounced choil, which seems to keep my index finger from sliding into the blade, as this knife feels a little handle-heavy. I wish there was some jimping for better grip, but I understand that would take away from it as a neck knife. The handle is a little small for the knife, but I kinda like it.
This thing is a serious piece of metal. This one came with a nearly flawless fit and finish, as well as scary sharp. I would expect a USA-made knife to have a better factory edge, and this one doesn't disappoint. I wish it were a little better balanced, but I understand the design considerations that made it this way - it's compact, and about as light as it can be and still be this thick.
The missus thought it seemed too heavy, but that's the price of real steel, baby. This knife in my opinion would be an ideal survival / backpacking knife. This might even be an ideal camp knife - I haven't decided. I guess I'll have to buy one for myself next time. The handle seems a bit small for a camp knife, but the handles on my other camp knives seem too big, and I like the compactness of this one. Either way, it's an impressive, made-in-the-USA knife for $35 from the union of two respected knife-makers.
|The scales are purchased separately|
|Shown with Sanrenmu 763 Axis folder, which is a similar size|
|Ka-Bar logo on one side|
|...and the ESEE logo on the other side|
|Here you can see how thick the blade is|
|From Top: Mora Clipper, Gerber Freeman Guide, Ka-Bar Becker BK14 EsKabar|
|It's a bit heavy, but there's no substitute for good steel|
|This blade looks to be indestructible|