The KA-BAR Becker CampanionÂ is a fixed blade knife designed for camping and hunting. The Campanion was designed by Ethan Becker, an avid outdoorsman. Ethan Becker founded Becker Knife and Tool Corporation in the early 1980’s to design the industrial-strength tactical and survival knives he’d always wanted for himself, and manufactured by KA-BAR in the USA.
The Campanion’s 20 degree, drop pointÂ blade is a made from 1095 Cro-Van steel, and the knifeÂ weighs 1 lb. It has a blade length of 5.25″, an overall length 10.5″, and a blade thickness of 0.25″. The handle is made of grivory.
The sheath that comes with the Campanion is pretty decent. It’s fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN), and the knife fits very securely. The sheath has tie down eyelets and slots around the edge for use as attachment points. It also has a drainage hole on the bottom, which is a great thing to have. It comes with a nylon dangle with snap that will allow you to hang the knife from your belt.
The Campanion is a very versatile fixed blade knife. KA-BAR markets the knife as a camping/hunting knife, and in that role, the Campanion is a great choice. Where I think this knife really excels is when used as a small survival knife. In an EDC pack or lightweight bugout/get home pack, where a smaller knife makes sense, the Campanion would be a great choice.
At 0.25″ thick, the blade is extremely sturdy, and handles abuse well. This thick blade means you can really beat on it without a high risk of the blade breaking (keep in mind that any blade can be broken). The drop point blade would also make a decent skinning knife in a pinch.
The Campanion really feels great in your hand. It has a great heft to it and is really a beast of a knife. At .25″ thick, it’s going to be able to handle just about anything you can throw at it. The low point has to be the nylon dangle belt loop. It’s large and not very useful in my opinion. I suggest either sewing the loop so that it fits more securely on your belt, or removing it altogether. I also wrapped my sheath with 550 paracord.
The KA-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion is an all around excellent fixed blade knife. At around $50, it really is great value. If you need a knife for camping, hunting, or for an EDC/bug out bag you’re putting together, the KA-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion needs to be on your list of knives to check out.