Official BK18 Harpoon Thread

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

  1. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    oddly enough, I was not expecting this one to be shorter than the 16.
    liking the semi-smooth coat.
    thanks for the pics!
     
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  2. StrangeDaze

    StrangeDaze

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    Mar 20, 2016
    You are right, the coating is semi smooth, I edited my original post.
    Not as smooth as the bk5 coating.
     
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  3. Aikiguy

    Aikiguy

    Aug 28, 2013
    Looks good, Daze!
     
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  4. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Received my black BK18 from SMKW ... it was waiting on me when I got home tonight. I will have to snap a few pics soon. It looks good ... it's light in hand. I think I'm going to enjoy this one! I'll update that after I put it to use awhile.
     
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  5. StrangeDaze

    StrangeDaze

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    Mar 20, 2016
    Sometimes I think it looks good and others I think it looks odd. Maybe it’s both for me!
     
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  6. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I have grown to like the harpoon style blades ... I bought a couple Tops Hoffman Harpoon blades several years back ... but they are actual harpoon shaped blades with long wrapped handles that you can lash to a pole like a spear but have a short sharpened edge that was great for detailed work ... and I have used the smaller of the two (tied to a stick) for giggin' frogs ... and it is a handy little thing.

    I started to use the swedge on another harpoon shaped blade to scrape wood fuzz that works great to get a fire going (and saves my sharpened edge) ... they have just been pretty useful for me ... I think this one will be too ... I should find out soon with spring knocking on the door.
     
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  7. Mass1632

    Mass1632

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    Dec 24, 2019
    Received my black bk18 today in the mail. Smaller than i was expecting. Thought it looked “taller” in pictures and video. But overall i like the blade size, very nimble. Its my first tweener handle and can see why liners would help.
    The sheath is nice and sturdy. The belt loop on it makes me think of a heavy duty tactical belt. The loop has enough room for any sort of work belt or harness while remaining stiff enough to remain in place even with a small dress belt.

    Just like others have said, blade coating is a nice semi-smooth. Not as smooth as earlier beckers but smoother than the newer beckers. I like it. I suspect itll strip similar to the earlier beckers as well.
     
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  8. gtblade

    gtblade

    253
    Oct 22, 2015
    Got my two black bk18s today and was quite happy with them. Very nice blade shape and coating. I have way too many Becker’s, when I opened the cabinet I store them in I forgot I went to town last Black Friday! Lots of cool scales and sheaths I need to get some use on.

    Ordered the tan bk18 yesterday hope it comes soon.
     
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  9. th3ug1y0n3

    th3ug1y0n3 Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 22, 2019
    3....? I am good jealous!!!! Happy for you!
     
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  10. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer

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    Oct 18, 2018
    Awesome comparison photos..... Very helpful, their marketing depts. should of done That from the get go!
    Thanks again!!!
     
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  11. StrangeDaze

    StrangeDaze

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    Mar 20, 2016
    Thanks. I’m going to take a comparison picture next to the bk15 as well that I will post later today.
     
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  12. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer

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    Oct 18, 2018
    @StrangeDaze
    Except now I'm confused at the "height of the blade" isn't it supposed to be taller than the 16? Not counting the harpoon part.....Your bottom photo looks like the edge is in the Same location for both???
     
  13. StrangeDaze

    StrangeDaze

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    Mar 20, 2016
    if you expand the picture you can see a little bit of the bk18s edge peeking from behind the 16. It is a little taller, but not as much i thought it would be. I actually envisioned the 18 having a longer blade than the 16 as well.
     
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  14. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer

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    Oct 18, 2018
    From the initial photos shared, and talk of that extra height adding to the blade so fingers wouldn't get pinched on a cutting board.....?
    I am thinking now, this Isn't the case? Kinda wish it was at least a half and inch taller still.... More, even. :/
    I hope we get some more user reviews here?
    I'm sure tons will be flooding in during the next couple weeks..... I look forward to them!
     
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  15. tman038

    tman038

    Dec 21, 2011
    Wow, I am getting one for sure. It looks like a fun knife to use. It looks a lot beefier than the 16 but I guess it really is not that much bigger according to the pics. Hope everyone is doing well. Its nice to see BK&T is still going strong!
     
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  16. StrangeDaze

    StrangeDaze

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    Mar 20, 2016
    More pics, it looks like the 18 does have a slightly longer blade and also cutting edge. I also took more of the width difference that I believe shows the difference more accurately.
    Even though the added width doesn’t completely clear my knuckles from the table, you can see in the photos it helps the blade come in contact with the cutting surface a lot sooner.
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    The bk18 on top of the bk15
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    new coating vs old
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    cutting edge comparisons
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    overall length comparison
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    I had the ends lined up as best as I could
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    doing the best I could to take some clearance pictures keeping my knuckles flat.

    .[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Where each one makes contact with cutting surface
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    better width comparison with the bk16
     
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  17. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Excellent.
     
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  18. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    I'm liking it, although I'm also likely to straighten the spine.
     
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  19. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    Just arrived :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    51585FFA-D1C1-47C3-A003-EB53116D6D76.jpeg E47ABB48-9DBF-4F05-9943-C9F3CBAAFA45.jpeg A look with a couple other similar Knives the Globetrotter and 17 I think this BK18 is one of the best Sheath-Knife combos yet from KA-BAR :thumbsup::thumbsup: All USA too nicely done Ethan and KA-BAR!
     
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  20. gtblade

    gtblade

    253
    Oct 22, 2015
    I’d like to see that for sure!
     
  21. Aikiguy

    Aikiguy

    Aug 28, 2013
    Thanks for those pics. Good comparison.
     
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