BK3 ADVENTURES
Knives Illustrated|December 2020
TOUGH JOB AHEAD? THE LEGENDARY TAC TOOL MIGHT BE THE PROBLEM- SOLVER YOU NEED
JOE FLOWERS
SPECS

KA-BAR/Becker Knife & Tool BK3 Tac Tool

Type: Fixed Blade

Overall Length: 12.5

Blade Length: 7

Blade Thickness: 0.25 Blade Width: 1.563

Edge: Flat chisel grind, partially serrated, edge angle 20 degrees

Steel: 1095 Cro-Van

Rockwell Hardness: 56-58

Weight: 1.3 pounds

Handle Material: Ultramid synthetic

Other: Wire Cutter

Sheath: MOLLE-compatible hard plastic, ambidextrous

NSN 1095-01-493-1802 Knife-Combat

Origin: Knife made in the U.S.

MSRP: $164.36

EDITOR’S NOTE: Not all multitools fit in a pocket. Sometimes a big job requires a big tool. When you need a tool that not only cuts, but can chop, slash, smash, bash, pry, and hammer, the KA-BAR/Becker Knife & Tool BK3 Tac Tool is a good choice. Here, wilderness survival expert Joe Flowers shares some of his exploits with this versatile tool.

There is an old reliable that stays in my Jeep. While driving my rusted Cherokee in the back country, I frequently see old rusted tools on the sides of barns. Often, as a writer, I think of the stories these tools could tell and it brings me back to the knives and tools I know and love. Time is the key element, and I’ve had a lot of time with the KA-BAR Becker BK3 rolling around in my car.

Plenty of reviews of the BK3 or Tac Tool are out there, so I’ll be brief on the specs. The 7-inch blade is made out of 1095. The edge is chisel ground, flat on one side, beveled, and flat ground on the other. The flat back of this design makes it easier to stick into small openings like door jambs. The BK3 has 2 inches of serrations near the beginning of the blade and a gut hook/nail puller on the back, lending to its use as a multifaceted cutting tool. Here in America it even has an NSN (National Stock Number), so apparently people have recognized its usefulness.

The sheath, such as on many of the Becker knives, is very well done, bordering on custom Kydex. The company has since updated it with better injection molding technologies since my version came out, and it’s now reversible.

A LONG HISTORY

The BK3 Tac Tool, like all knives in the Becker Knife & Tool line, is made by KA-BAR in the U.S. The knife itself has been around for a long time and was made by Camillus at one time. The knife is a collaboration between Ethan Becker of Becker Knife & Tool (BK&T) and John Benner of Tactical Defense Institute (TDI). Benner told Ethan that he wanted “a pry bar with a sharp edge,” and Ethan sketched up the Tac Tool. The knife design even had a limited release in stainless steel for divers a very long time ago.

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