|My fully modded BK2|
Lets start off talking about the worst part of the stock BK2 (in my opinion). The BK comes with black "Grivory" handles. Grivory to me feels like a very cheap plastic. It also causes the knife to have an extremely weight forward position. The stock Grivory handles have a hollow design that allows the user to place survival items in the handles. To me this is not very important and I was more than willing to give up the space for a well balanced knife. Another problem I had with the Grivory handles was that they would become extremely slick when wet or if my hands became sweaty. I was more than happy to spend the extra money to get the canvas micarta seen in the picture above. If you have or plan to get a BK2 I highly recommend that you purchase the micarta grips. They add weight to balance out the knife, the micarta will soak up water/sweat to combat slippage, and they look much better. You can purchase those grips in the below lower right corner by finding them in the Amazon box.
I would also like to say that I really like the fullness of the BK2 grips. The contours fit well in the hand for a sure grip. The BK2 is often compared to the ESEE-5, I will say I like the full grips of the BK2 more than the ESEE-5 flat micarta grips.
I can go on all day about the blade, design, etc... So I will try to keep it short so you guys don't get bored reading. The blade length is 5.5 inches and total length of 10.5 inches (full tang/great length). It has a very beefy 1/4" thick flat ground blade. It is a 1095 Cro-Van steel and features a drop point design.
Its a combination pry bar, hatchet, and knife if you will. The BK2 is a very multi-purpose knife and excels at processing wood. It is somewhat difficult to do tedious work. So I do recommend carrying a smaller fixed blade or folding knife to accomplish those smaller task.
The knife takes an edge very easily and also holds an edge. One modification I made the knife was take a sharpening stone to the rear of the blade near the handle. I made a clean 90 degree angle so that I could use the knife as a firesteel striker.
I also removed the black coating from the knife. When I first used the knife--there was an immense amount of coating that stripped off the knife. So I used some epoxy paint remover to remove the rest. I believe this is personal preference and not really anything to do with function. I just feel it makes a better looking knife.
The factory sheath in my opinion is absolute crap. If you do own a BK2, try this: Do a sharpness test with a piece of paper, then take the knife in an out of the sheath 10 times and try a sharpness test again. You will notice that the sheath dulls the knife. I don't know about you but I do not need my sheath dulling my knife. The other problem with the sheath is the belt loop. The belt loop makes the knife hang at an awkward angle.
With that, I do recommend getting a replacement sheath. Whatever your preference. Whether kydex or leather. I went with the Hedgehog Leatherworks sheath (its well worth the money).
The BK2 is definitely a bargain. With the upgrades your looking at spending another $65 at the low end of the spectrum to replace the sheath and grips. At the very least I would replace the handles for safety sake. It's a well respected survival/bushcraft knife for many reasons. I will say its one of my favorite knives.
Check out our modifications
Stripping the poorly applied coating
Hedgehog Leatherworks BK2 Sheath upgrade
Micarta Grip Upgrade