If you had to choose between the Kabar Bk2 or the Bk7 which one would it be? Both of these knives are superior in quality and you simply can’t find a better fixed-blade knife for the price. Let’s slice into the meat of the matter and compare the qualities and features of both.
The Bk2 and the Bk7 share many similarities but the sheath is not one of them. The sheath that comes stock with the Bk2 is a hard plastic material that fits the blade like a glove. You can feel the blade lock into place and you could turn it upside down without the retention strap and the knife would hold. The sheath on the Bk7 is a nylon/polyester material that somewhat loosely fits the blade. While the Bk7 sheath is good enough for the job it does not secure the blade like the sheath on the Bk2. One thing I do like about the Bk7 sheath is the Molle webbing on the back. You could easily attach it to the outside of your pack or anywhere else. Yes, you could go buy a custom sheath of your own but with the added cost you could buy a better knife.
The Bk2 and the Bk7 use the same handle design and material. The material in question is a hard plastic known as Ultramid. Both knives feel good in the hand. The material does become slick with sweaty palms but this is easily remedied by wrapping a few rounds of athletic tape around the handle or by using gloves.
Both the Bk2 and the Bk7 use 1095 Cro-Van steel. You can see in the spec sheets below that the Bk2 has both a thicker and shorter blade. This could easily sway your decision towards the Bk7 if you prefer a longer blade. Certain tasks like batoning wood and carving are easier with the Bk7’s longer blade. However, the shorter length and thicker blade of the Bk2 make this knife damn near indestructible. Tasks like processing firewood and carving are still possible but the Bk7 certainly makes life easier.
Drop point vs clip point
Looking at the spec sheets below you can also see that the Bk2 features a drop point blade while the Bk7 features a clip point. The difference? Drop points are stronger than the clip point variants and well suited for tasks like skinning, carving game and general bushcrafting. Clip points feature a sharper point and are designed for piercing. This makes sense on a combat knife like the Bk7. If you require a sharper point than the Bk7 is the knife for you.
Kabar Bk2 Specs
Kabar Bk7 Specs
As of this writing the Kabar Bk7 will run you just over $20 more than the Kabar Bk2. This price difference is significant enough to sway your decision towards the Bk2 but it really comes down to what you need the knife for.
Bk2 vs Bk7 Final Thoughts
Both of these knives are beastly and extremely high quality. Other than the length and thickness of the blades both of these knives are similar and stack up comparably. In my opinion I believe the Bk2 is a better all around bushcrafting knife. The Bk2 blade is strong enough to handle chopping wood and short enough to not be cumbersome for preparing small game. With a longer blade the Bk7 batons wood like a mad man and the clip point makes it a great piercing knife. If I was in a self defense situation I would prefer to have the Bk7 on my belt. Knowing what you need to do with your knife will help you make the right choice. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments.