Lots of folks like the BK16 because it's FFG (Full Face Grind). I'm not a fan of drop points, so while FFG is nice, I never had a warm spot for the BK16.
Now a BK17 -- that's a whole different bucket of worms! Love the pointy clip point, as do other Beckerheads (if I could dedicate this mod it would be to Thrillbilly). But a BK17 has a clumsy, but strong, sabre grind.
What if we could pick and choose between the best of both??
'Tis happened my lads and ladies!
Meet "HYBRID", the BK16 that had an "operation" and became a FFG BK17. The following is the lineage:
Don't let the polished surface fool you, the shape of a -17 was traced onto a -16 exactly, then everything that wasn't a -17 was ground away.
While I was at it I ran HYBRID through my semi-dedicated jimping machine and added two new jimp grooves, one in front and one behind the stock ones, and cleaned the stock ones up:
I know it's subjective, but in my mind we have a new King of the Tweeners!