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Becker/Ka-bar BK10 Crewman

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Ok guys, my BK10 was waiting for me Friday night on the front porch when I got home from work. I pulled into the driveway and got out of the car, and I won’t say that I ran up to the USPS box, but my pace was a bit rushed. I took the box inside and promptly tore it open like a bear just out of hibernation that came upon a trashcan filled with jelly donuts. Upon opening the Ka-Bar box I was surprised that in addition to my BK10 and Micarta scales was also a pen with Tomar’s and Ka-Bars logos on it. I must say that was a nice surprise from Tomar’s. In fact every time I’ve gotten a knife from them, there has been an added small gift in the box. Very nice from Tomar’s, and that just ensures I will continue to order from them. Not for the gift itself but for their thoughtfulness towards the customer.

Anyway, upon inspection of my 10, I find that the fit and finish is flawless. The Zytel scales are as usual a perfect fit, but not my cup of tea. I change out all my Zytel for Micarta on my Beckers. Nothing wrong with them, I just prefer the Micarta scales. So I installed the Micarta scales and in my opinion just makes the BK10 so much more attractive and warm in hand. The Micarta also just seems to make the knife balance better for my hand. My only minor gripe is that I’m not a fan of the sheath; it is functional and does what it is supposed to do, but again just not for me. I ordered a new Kydex “taco” style sheath in coyote brown with dark brown leather attachments from The 710 Custom Sheaths. JD makes great stuff, cannot wait to get it.

The new finish appears to be tuff. I batoned on the spine while splitting small chunks and it is holding up just fine. When I was done with the 10, I cleaned up the blade with WD-40 to get the pine sap off the blade and the finish is defiantly ruff. I used an old t-shirt and honestly the finish had white fibers from my shirt after the cleaning. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing as far a friction goes, but it will certainly protect the blade from the elements.

Next came the sharpness test for me. The knife is very sharp out of the box, but typically all my knives get a few passes on my round ceramic sharpening rod then a pass or two on an old leather gym belt that I have. After that I run the edge down my forearm to see if it will cut hair. The edge was so sharp it felt like I could have filleted my arm if so desired. Ouch!!

Saturday morning arrives and I head out to the woods for a little fatwood recon. Recently I have become obsessed with looking for and then processing fatwood. Guess it gives me an excuse to enjoy my knives and the woods without getting weird looks from my wife and daughter. Lol. It rained again during the overnight here in NJ again. No big deal, the wetness does not bother me so off I go. After about an hour of making my way through briar patches and blow downs, I find this rotten old pine that was wedged into the crotch of another tree. I give it a couple hits from my hawk and find a nice chunk of fatwood. Out comes my tree saw and cut out the chunk and make my way back to the car. Discovered I’m covered in ticks, evidently I forgot to treat my gear the night before, and did not bring any bug repellent with me either. I get home and start to clean up the chunk of fatwood. It was a good find. I can assure anyone that the BK 10 is great at making shavings and feather sticks. I don’t have a lot of experience in this area but the 10 made it fairly simple. I also need a new pair of leather gloves because the 10 was so sharp that as I was holding the wood making shavings, the right glove (I’m left handed) was accidentally shaved in various spots too.

I think my 10 will become my new favorite Becker, followed by my 2 then the 5 with my 14 and 11’s pulling up the rear.

Finally, here are a few pics. Hope you guys enjoy.

Pack is loaded up



Making my way into a small clearing



My BK10 with the hawk. The Kangee is a small light chopper for sure



A nice sample of Fatwood



The source of the Fatwood



One of the little creeks that don't look deep til you step into it and your feet sink two feet into the muddy bottom



Hmmm..... wonder what made these tracks?   Lol.



What a tangled mess



The Bounty. looks good enough to eat...Ha



Here is her first feather stick. Liking the tight curls



And finally after the work is done. Did I say work? It was my pleasure


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CJ3a it's for fire-starting.


Looks and sounds like a fun day in the woods! Did you eat all the ticks to practice surviving on alternative food sources? LOL


Why is it so much fun to get toys in the mail too? It's like Christmas!

“I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.” – Fred Bear

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Update on the sheath:


Finally getting around to posting up the new sheath. It is a combo of Kydex and leather and can be carried on a belt loop in a traditional drop down carry or my preference as a "Scout" carry. The sheath was made by "The 710 custom sheaths. Also incoprorated into the sheath is a fire steel loop holder. The fit and finish is first class and flawless.



The total package



Back view. The belt loop is detachable



Vertical loops for Scout carry



And where she sits on my pack


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Thanks Matt.  The bag is awesome in its own right. Has a built in bladder hydration pocket too that rides inside of the bag between the outer liner which is against your back and the main compartment on the inside. Tons of zipper compartments and tie-downs on the insides and molle webbing on the sides and outward facing backing too. It is designed to be a 3 day assualt type bag, but will not break the bank either. Basically a knock off of the Maxpedition type bags but at 1/3 the price. A decent and wide waist strap, shoulder pull downs and a chest harness makes the bag ride tight to the body for a comfortable all day pack. :up:  :up:

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