For those who are interested- I bought one a year or so ago, hoping for the perfect woods knife (a pet project that's been years in the making). On paper, this looks like a great candidate, but for me, anyway, the blade is way too thick to cut well, and doesn't take a good sharp edge. The weight of the thing and the shallow angle of the edge do make a good chopping tool, but then the blade isn't long enough for a good, meaty swing.
I have yet another Becker knive. It's their Patrol Machete. It's also way too thick to bite deep like a machete should, and even though it weighs like a small hatchet, it doesn't seem to chop nearly as well. Also, the black coating didn't stand up well to even some minor trail maintenance. You'd be better off with a regular small machete, and save the $60 left over after buying it instead of spending the $70 Becker wants for the Patrol machete. Like the companion, the edge construction is more reminiscent of an axe than a knife, so it also won't get real sharp.
There is no doubt that both knives are rugged and stout as hell, but neither is, for me anyway, a good Woods knife. They're both too heavy and overbuilt for the task I want them to do (cutting). If you need to dig a shitpit or garbage hole with one, I'd say that among knives they're peerless, but sticks are lighter and pretty much just as good for that task.
For what little it's worth, I say pass on them. Cammilus also makes the Pilot Survival and Marine Combat knives, and both are as good Woods knives as I've ever seen, and cheap enough not to cry over if they get lost or damaged.
I have a BK1 and a BK9. For some reason, the BK1, with it's weight in the front of the blade, chops as good or better than most hatchets.
The BK9 is used as a camp butcher knife, and is peerless in that roll.
The BK1, BK7and BK9, are designed as tactical knives, and aren't made to be used as a machete, but the BK1, will work admirably in that roll. Spend some time getting used to them, you might change your mind.
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