A new family member...The BK-18 Harpoon....

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by Ethan Becker, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    We have a new member of the family......The Becker BK-18. This blade came about thru a collaboration with Ka-Bar. They came to me with a blade design that was very close in both style and concept to one that I had been contemplating for a while.


    The design process was mercifully short and the result is a blade which makes me very happy.


    It was then necessary to get the super secret mining elves of Norway to produce the Vanadium and to get their Viking cousins across the border to dig a bit of Chromium for the 1095...


    Ok, Ok... Maybe not....


    A little bit of background on the design..... When I was working on Hank Reinhart’s Kukri design I had several epiphanies and one of them had to do with curves. Then at a Beckerhead gathering I had a chance to play with one of Jim Bensinger’s sexy curvy, maybe Indonesian, inspired blades and then I had to own it and I really like using it. It is damned efficient. It may actually be possible for Jim to teach this old dog new stuff.



    The BK18 looks nothing like Jim’s Blade and it has nothing in common with any of Hank’s designs that I am familiar with. It does represent their influences on my thought processes....


    The blade has a nice flat profile close to your hand for up close carving and whittling which then gives way to a nice upswept section which is ideal for rough whittling and skinning and then it ends in a nice penetrating point which is quite handy for getting at nut meats, making holes and such.


    There has been a pretty long gestation period for this blade but, I had a preproduction example that I put through it’s paces last February. I found it really handy and fun to use.


    It is a comely blade and easy to look at but, the bottom line is that I think you will find it that it earns it’s keep and is very useful
     
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  2. DunkEm

    DunkEm Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    Glad to see a new one!
     
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  3. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Excellent news, looking forward to some pics Ethan!
     
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  4. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I like the blade a lot ... I've found a harpoon shape with a swedge is pretty useful for many things ... and I always like a bit of belly on a knife. The 18 looks like it could do several things well. :thumbsup: Excited to see this one released!
     
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  5. knifejunkie1928

    knifejunkie1928 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 15, 2015
    Love the design and can’t wait to get one!
     
  6. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Great looking blade Ethan. It has that Marbles Woodcraft vibe about it. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and of course next Deer season.
     
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  7. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Niiiiiicccceeee...
     
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  8. Boss1911

    Boss1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    188
    Jun 14, 2016
    I cant wait to get my hands on one of these... Or maybe two or three... :)
     
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  9. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    An awesome looking addition to the family. I can’t wait to order a few. :)
     
  10. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Very exciting news! I’m looking forward to getting one or two and having some fun with them.
     
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  11. tanglediver

    tanglediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    Oh yea, I got two of those. :D
    (Ok, not really.)

     
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  12. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    looks like fun - and Jim's Street Barong comes from a Phillipino influence, so you're close.
     
  13. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    Very nice !
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    it looks to be a hatchling of these two with a little growth on its spine :D
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  14. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I guess I'm the only one not seeing the pictures, until @xr650r post those above. I like that blade shape, will definitely pick up a couple of these. Stripped, sandblasted SS hardware and micarta handles, is how I would wear this knife!
     
  15. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    I like it!
     
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  16. Jonny1280

    Jonny1280 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    Looks like a winner!
    Thanks boss!
     
  17. Galeocerdoshark

    Galeocerdoshark

    May 21, 2011
    Thanks for the origin story Ethan. Looks like it will be a great addition for every knife user everywhere.
    I'll be getting one for sure.
     
  18. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hooray!
    Very happy to see this reach fruition!
     
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  19. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer

    521
    Oct 18, 2018
    Has there been any mention of the blades thickness?
    I can guess, but I'd rather know for sure....
    thanks.
     
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  20. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
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