If you’re someone that takes hunting seriously or recreationally hunts, there’s one friend you most definitely need on your journey: a hunting knife. But if you’re seriously thinking about the tools you’re using to clean a fish, cut rope, dress a deer, or whatever your needs may be, then you don’t want just any hunting knife—you want the best. So in this review, we’ll be taking a look at two knives to see which one might best suit hunters looking for a high-quality knife. Let’s compare the Gerber Bear Grylls Knife and the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 to see which one is the best for you.
Gerber Bear Grylls Knife
Gerber Gear has had a solid reputation for making high-quality hunting equipment for years. They make a wide range of sharp products, including knives, axes, machetes, and more. We’ll be looking at the Gerber Bear Grylls Knife, a solid knife that clocks in around $40 on Amazon.
The knife’s blade is 4 and ¾ inches long, and it is designed to be durable with a thick blade. It also has a high carbon content, unlike many modern blades, which makes it slightly softer but allows you to sharpen it over and over again, which extends the life of the blade. Additionally, the serration of the blade begins around halfway down the blade. It helps with cutting ropes, but it gets in the way of making clean cuts sometimes, which is indicative of the intention of this knife being an “ultimate” survival knife that has well-rounded features.
The blade handle is nice to grip and is sticky enough to hold with a good grip without slipping out. Furthermore, there are many features on the knife that make it quite “ultimate.” Gerber advertised that the knife could also be used as a spear if attached to a stick if needed. The sheath of the knife also has a waterproof slot that you can insert a ferrocerium fire starter in which is a nice little addition.
Overall, the Bear Grylls Knife by Gerber Gear is a very nice all-rounder that can handle many tasks if you’re using it in the wild. Its various features and sturdy blade are sure to give you the utility you need while hunting.
Ka-Bar Becker BK-2
Ka-Bar is a staple name in the knife industry, and for a good reason. They make high-quality knives for many people and the Becker BK-2 that clocks in at $90 is a fabulous knife that Ka-Bar has put out for hunters.
The blade is made of plain carbon steel which makes the blade easy to sharpen, and with a fixed blade structure, its versatility will help you cut, pry, and chop. The blade measures 5 and ¼ inches and weighs only a pound allowing for easy manipulation. Additionally, with a 20-degree angle on the knife and 100 percent synthetic structure, the knife can easily take a beating and come out sturdy, and keeps a sharp edge for a long time without the need to sharpen.
The blade’s handle is made of high-density Grivory plastic that makes the handle tough and easy to grip. With a textured handle and rigid structure, the handle is able to handle a beating and still come out sturdy. The knife also comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath to keep it safe and sharp when not in use along with a lifetime warranty.
As expected from Ka-Bar, this hunting knife is made of very high-quality material with an excellent design that makes the knife pleasant to use while also being sturdy. Its versatility and sturdy structure will allow you to use it in any situation with ease.
Both companies offer a great hunting knife that has a charm of its own. You can’t go wrong with either choice and whichever you choose to have with you in the wild, you’ll be satisfied with the utility they offer. However, if we were to make a choice, we would lean more toward the Gerber Bear Grylls Knife than the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2. The utility that the serrated knife and the well-rounded features provide seem more appealing with Ka-Bar’s simple blade with no serrated edge, no matter how high the material is. Additionally, the price points of each blade make us lean toward the Bear Grylls Knife that stands $50 below the Ka-Bar knife. Both companies offer great hunting knife products, but the choice seems clear based on price, utility, and preference.