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Anyone have experience with either of these knives? I've been looking at both but since I can't actually handle either of them, I'm curious if anyone has any insight on them. Thanks.
 

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JMO, but the blade on the becker is to tall and bulky to be practical for most precise cutting jobs imo. The second one looks well put together, has a good blade, tang, and handle design. NICE sheath. But the blade is SS. To my experience any grade of SS blade has never held an edge nearly as well as a quality steel blade.

You'll get a BAZILLION different opinions on knives though. Personally I've been a fan of Cold Steel products for several years now.

While I'm a HUGE fan of the Cold Steel Voyager knives, if you prefer to open carry...

They've got a sheath for it, or simply use a "hammer hanger" from any tool / hardware store. ;)

http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/90SH/SPIKE_HAWK.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Spike-Hawk-Frontier/dp/B0030DBHHO
 

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You sounds like you have never had a knife out of a quality stainless or near stainless like D2 or ATS-34.
 

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There's very good stainless out there that holds and takes an edge as good or better than 1095. Like ATS-34, 154CM, CPM S30V or VG-10. 1095 is a great carbon steel though and why so many use it. It's a tough steel, not that the others aren't, but it's not stainless and can pit bad over time if you don't care for it. I personally like 154CM and why a Benchmade Nimravus is one of my main bug out knives.

I've handled the BK2 and RBS 4, though never owned either. Becker is Kbar of course and I've owned a few Ontario's, one of a RAT 7. The RBS 4 has the same uncomfortable handle, but should be a tough knife the same and the BK2 tough enough, though I don't like the zytel handles for long term durability. they do make replacement micarta slabs for it, but I don't find the knife worth the money. There are lots of great knives out there, you might keep looking around Shawn.

KnifeCenter who I've dealt a lot with has a nice deal on some very good knives right now.

Zero Tolerance 0170 Combat Knife Fixed 5.7" Sandvik Blade, G10 Handles, Kydex Sheath - KnifeCenterf

Meyerco Bob Terzuola CQB Military Fixed 5-3/4" Satin Plain Blade, Micarta Handles - KnifeCenterf

HTM Knives Randall King Desert Enforcer Fixed 5" S30V Black Clip Point Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles - KnifeCenterf
 

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Are either of them 'Bowies'? Nothing like a good 'Bowie'.
 

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I have the full line of Becker Knives that I have been re working. The BK2 is a great working tool for chopping, batoning. The BK7 Utility might be a little more of an all around knife. The Bowie is a huge knife and well suited to any chopping and cutting needs.



BK7 with Canvas Micarta Grips



Becker BK9 Combat Bowie



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For the money? Anything becker/kabar makes Is the best IMO the bk2 is a little "overly" thick but I love the bk line my favorite is the bk9.
 
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