View Full Version : Becker BK7 vs. BK9....
I've decided on getting a new wilderness blade from BK&T but I can't make up my mind on which of these two would be best. I've read that the BK7 has the perfect compromise in blade length for a majority of wilderness cutting chores, but I also like the BK9 for its' sheer size. The price for these two Beckers isn't bad either....:)
Which would you choose and why?
Thanks for your input. :D
02-04-2005, 05:30 PM
BK-9... Got reach, purtty well-balanced and excellent blade geometry.. :D It sucks be caught in the middle.. If I were you. I'd get both.. :cool:
I like both of these knives, though I don't (yet) own either. As Samo said, the price on both is outstanding, considering you get an excellent knife for well under a hundred dollars.
I was going to order one of these about six months ago (but other priorities reared their ugly head), and had the same conundrum that you did; which blade length to go with!
I was leaning toward the BK-9, because if you're going long, why not go really long! The 9-inch blade would split/cut wood well, and could serve as a mini-machete if necessary.
I have plenty of other knives that I could use for precision cutting, the 9-inch would be for those gnarly tasks.
Let us know which one you choose. You couldn't go wrong with either one.
i think i'd go with the 7... i find the 9 too long & uncomfortable for me... but it the end it's a matter of preference, what ever you like best
Thanks guys. I could order both.....since the prices at New Graham would allow me to get 'em for right around a hundred dollars!! :D
Then again, I might just go ahead with the BK9, since I'm getting a SRKW Safari Skinner too. :D :cool:
Mario, I had the chance to hold and inspect both of these. I bought them from a dealer here in Canada for two of my co-workers. Personally I like the BK7 better. The 9 is BIG...if you are going to be doing a lot of hacking and limbing trees then the 9 is your best bet. If you want a good all around blade go for the 7. A lot more useful in my books. Both have the same Becker handle and it is decent. Kinda big for my hands but overall not bad. The sheaths are OK nothing special there. For there price they are hard to beat. Tough blades as my buddy with the 9 has put his on his 4 wheeler and never goes without it. Hope this was some help. I guess for me the 7 is more than plenty:) Take Care and let us know how you make out!!!!
Been thinking about it, the 7 would likely be better for me. Lighter weight, handier blade. And a 7-inch blade is nothing to sneeze at.
I've been undecided on this for quite a while now, but I think that I'm going to go with the BK9. The main reason is that I'd like to have that extra reach and heft to split firewood and since I have a 7 inch blade already, a KaBar, the 9 would be the way to go, IMO. Although with the excellent price, I figure that I can get the BK7 a little later on, since the KaBar isn't too appealing to me anymore(tang feels loose in handle).
I've had a Swamp Rat Camp Tramp before and those Rats are real hardcore knives, but I don't really want to spend too much on any wilderness/survival blade that I buy, since I won't need it on a daily basis.
02-07-2005, 08:02 AM
The BK9. THe 7 is not enough of a slicer for it's size and not enough heft to really whack with. The 9 is no slicer (Spydie wise) but works much better with the extra heft and length for it's blade type/style.
I've also had my eye on the RAT-7 for a while. Kind of along the same lines as the BK knives, and priced reasonably. They're also available in D-2 steel, though I'd get one in the standard Carbon Steel.
02-09-2005, 03:54 AM
Yup...do the 9 my friend!!! OR, go for a RTAK!!! ;) It used to be my yard knife, but has since been retired to "car knife"! LOL!
Those BK&T's are great...
God bless! :cool:
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