Becker Knife and Tool: BK&T knives has been at the forefront of hard use survival knives and tools since 1986. Chief designer and founder Ethan Becker, an avid outdoorsman since his youth, spent 25 years searching for the ideal "big knife" design and finally combined his two favorites, the Kukri and a WWII Survival Bolo, to make the Machax.
Designing, manufacturing and selling knives geared toward serious outdoorsmen and tactical professionals, knife industry experts, writers, and critics have consistently given Ethan Becker rave reviews to BK&T knives ever since Ethan started grinding, sharpening, and assembling them in his garage (including the 1990 Blade Award for Most Innovative American-Made Design). Though his garage is no longer big enough to keep up with the strong demand of his many loyal customers, Ka-Bar Knives continues to produce his best-selling designs with the same uncompromising commitment to quality of BK&T’s humble beginnings.
In 2007, Ka-Bar Cutlery contracted with Ethan Becker to produce the BK&T line of knives. After the bankruptcy of Camillus Cutlery, Western Cutlery, and Becker Knife and Tool - there was some doubt if this line would be resurrected. Ethan was able to acquire the rights to his knives from the Camillus bankruptcy auction and with the KA-BAR manufacturing capabilities this great knife line lives again. His latest knife designs use, 1095 Cro-Van high carbon tool steel which has been specially selected to give the Becker Knife and Tool line clear superiority in the edge-holding and toughness departments among its chief competitors. The ergonomic, trademark handle scales of the BK& T knives are molded of Grivory, a 60% glass filled thermoplastic polymer alloy for the ultimate in strength and durability. Kydex and/or ballistic cloth nylon (with Kydex inserts) multi-carry sheath systems and a rugged black powder epoxy blade coat are standard equipment for all models in the Becker Knife and Tool line.
Besides dreaming of big sharp things to make, Ethan spends time practicing and studying a wide array of bushcraft survival techniques. As co-author of the landmark cookbook, Joy of Cooking, Ethan wields a chef’s knife teaching cooking classes and researching new recipes.