Official BK18 Harpoon Thread

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by knifejunkie1928, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    That turned out great. I may have to try the Jasco and leave an old set of scales on it. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  2. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    :) Turned out GREAT GeofS!:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  3. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Thanks, gents. :)
     
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  4. FAL'ER

    FAL'ER Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Legit!

    I really like how you left the coating under the scales. Simple to do, yet so rarely done.
     
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  5. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Just got mine and am very pleased. The handle shape/size is made for this blade IMO. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  6. YellowSwiss

    YellowSwiss

    567
    Sep 28, 2015
    I stripped and darkened the blade, retextured the scales and added grip tape on the slabs only so it can be easily disassembled.

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  7. exRonin1949

    exRonin1949 Gold Member Gold Member

    71
    May 28, 2018
    No pictures yet, but received my two, new BK18 Harpoons this am. Absolutely outstanding! These are now my new EDC knives, riding abaft my two Ruger Super GP100's, riding in their DeSantis Gunhide Hybrid cross-draw holsters. FINALLY, my personal system is complete, and I'm ready for TEOSAWKI, at the very least...

    Mr. Becker, I hope you read the notes here, for you have, again, created a true masterpiece. The Harpoon is perfect for guys like me, that have small hands. This is perfect for me, in so many ways. Much lighter than my BK2, 9, 10, and BK21, works of art, my little collection is, for now, complete. With those listed, most conceivable needs are met. Though I love all my Becker, Ka-Bar, and EK knoves, these two, my BK18's, are my favorite. Purchased them from TOMAR's Ka-Bar Knives, and could not be happier, than with their service, price, and professionalism. They do for sale of Ka-Bar knives, what you do in creating blade perfection. Thank-You, Sir...

    Not only do Becker Knives work for a living, they're beauty and perfection- in one package...

    exRonin1949
     
  8. jmj540

    jmj540

    3
    Mar 28, 2014
    If I can ask, what brand scales are these ? Thanks ! Jay
     
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  9. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    They’re the official KA-BAR dyed brown.
     
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  10. jmj540

    jmj540

    3
    Mar 28, 2014
    Thank you sir ! If i may ask another question , did you use paint stripper/remover to strip the powder coat finish and etch the finish after ? Sorry for all the questions, I'm looking for a bone cancer recovery project, didn't have much time to research removing the coating and finishing options. I've seen certain etch jobs from mild to wild, looking for a finish like your BK18.
     
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  11. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Happy to provide my insights. :thumbsup:

    First, I hope you are feeling well and on the road to health and recovery. :)

    You can find a complete description of my dyeing process on post #40 here:
    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/kephart-micarta-handles.1722088/page-2

    To strip the coating, I used Jasco. Jasco is nasty stuff, I put the knife in a throw away aluminum tin and do this in a part of my yard where nothing grows and it’s only dirt. In this instance, I left the original scales on so the protective coating would stay underneath. The Jasco didn’t affect the original Becker scales, but it will melt some types of rubber and plastic. Choose a warm day, Jasco doesn’t work well in the cold, saturate both sides of the blade (use a twig to flip the knife), and let it sit for a half an hour. I check then, use a sliver of bamboo to scrape off what I can without actually holding the knife, and hit it with Jasco again for another round. I keep doing this till the coating is all off and then I spray everything down with a garden hose. Then I dry the knife and it’s good to go. Any small remnants of the coating can generally be scrapped off with a sliver of bamboo.

    I hope this helps. :)
     
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  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Wow. Just noticed this. Just the other day I was thinking if there would be a new Becker. Since I have lots of knives, I'm going to wait and see one in person before I buy. I want to handle it first.
     
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  13. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    That is my sense of things. Looking forward to seeing one in the flesh. If this Covid thing continues with the stay at home order, I may just order one. I suspect I will like it since I like trailing points. Is the blade thickness the same as the tweeners?
     
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  14. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Yup. Same thickness
     
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  15. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    What a great job stripping and refinishing that Harpoon!

    I love trailing points, the 5 and the 15 are, well were until the 18, my favorites.
     
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  16. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    so, apparently asking a 15% premium for a dealer exclusive on the BK18 in normal Becker colors was not the big seller someone expected them to be, so they're on sale by that same exclusive dealer -- just in case anyone wants a solid black harpoon at a more reasonable price.
     
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  17. FAL'ER

    FAL'ER Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    They just re stocked those. They ran out a month ish ago. If they drop them below $70 like they did the peanut butter ones, I might have to pick one up.
    I beg your pardon, "Dark" peanut butter
     
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  18. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    If you take advantage of the free shipping right now makes it even a little better :thumbsup:
     
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  19. DerekH

    DerekH Handsome According to my Mother Moderator

    Nov 18, 2010
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    Finally got one in black.
     
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  20. bootzon

    bootzon

    217
    Dec 30, 2015
    I joined the club. I noticed that there seems to be a preference here for the black, as I had. Curious if it's just here, or if the general public would have preferred a choice? Thank you Ethan and Kabar. I had been wanting a tweener, either the 15 or 16. When I saw the 18 and did some looking around for reviews, I was sold. Really pleased now that it's in my hand. It fits the "hole" in my stable. While I was at it, I upgraded my handles on the BK7 to the factory micarta. Now my stable has a BK20 safe queen, 2x BK4, BK5, BK7, an old and a new ramora, and now my BK18.
    As has been mentioned in previous posts, the ergonomics of this knife are so sweet. Just enough weight. Perfect balance in the hand. It's at home in the kitchen, as it is cutting wood. I'm as proud of this purchase as knocking out the bullseye on the pistol course.
     
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