There's no question that the Becker BK2 is a beast of a knife. Videos and testimonials have shown that this bruiser can definitely take a lot of abuse. But there are few reviews that truly discuss the Becker BK2 cons. Don't get me wrong. I like this knife, and I believe it performs pretty well. But like any responsible consumer, I like reading about a product's negative points before buying it. This way, I go in with both eyes open. With that in mind, I decided to list down the most common grievances buyers have had with this particular knife.
Let's start with one of the most popular Becker BK2 cons - the weight. Let's be honest, at one pound, this knife is heavier than some hatchets out there. And while the heaviness can be a plus to the knife's batoning capability, one pound is just an aching back or leg waiting to happen. Imagine carrying a brick on your hip or your leg for a couple of hours - that's the Becker BK2. And while some people don't mind the weight, it's something one needs to consider before buying the knife.
Another negative point for this knife is the blade length. It's amazing at batoning wood that's less than 3 to 4 inches in diameter, but it's a bit short for anything larger. For the same reason, the Becker BK2 is only a passable chopper. In short, the blade length limits the knife's ability to perform these two wood processing tasks well.
What about fine detail work? Well, the blade length isn't an issue there but the weight of the knife AND the thickness of the blade makes it difficult (read that as awkward) to use for some. To be honest, the Becker BK2 can be used for carving, slicing, whittling, and other similar tasks. But it doesn’t do an amazing job.
Like some buyers have said, “jack of all trades, master of none.” And that’s a pretty accurate description because you can’t really put this knife in the category of the heavy duty ones like the BK9 or with the small bushcraft knives like the BK16, both of which have their own “specializations.” The BK2 is in a category of its own – it can do almost everything you need a knife for but it won’t do it spectacularly.
One last thing about this knife that should be mentioned is the coating. The knife has a sandpaper-like feel to it that looks pretty great, but it adds unnecessary friction when you’re cutting or slicing. There’s no slide and glide action. Not really a big deal but it’s still something to take note of.
Now, let's talk sheaths. The Becker BK2 comes with a nicely molded sheath with excellent retention. In other words, it hugs the knife really well and you're assured that the knife won't ever fall out of your sheath. However, the button snap at the top (which holds the handle) is just a bit too flimsy for me. Button snaps can fail over time which means that your sheath will be dangling awkwardly on your leg or belt should this happen to you.
One other thing about the sheath that some people won’t like is the loud snap it makes when you’re putting the knife away. Some might like that fact because it’s an auditory assurance that the knife is securely in place. Others who are in stealth mode (a.k.a. hunters) may be a bit annoyed with that fact.
So, that’s it. Those are all the Becker BK2 cons I’ve heard and experienced, and while there are certainly a number of cons to consider, I still believe that this solid piece of steel is one knife I’d love to have around if I ever found myself lost in the wild.