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    New to the Forum and bk14 question.


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    Hey y'all, I just joined the forum here and wanted to introduce myself in my first post a little bit. I love the outdoors and fish and hunt a lot. Yes, im an Alabama crimson tide fan(Alabama2220 for a reason). I have a good bit of knives but just started taking note of actual high quality knives. I want to get a good quality knife I can take on my fishing, hunting, and camping trips that I can rely on to get most of my cutting jobs done. I have kind of narrowed it down to the bk14 and the bk16. I like the bk14 because of its size and weight, but the bk16 also looks like a really good option to consider. Do y'all have any opinions on which one I should get to take with me whenever im in the woods?(im not going to be doing a lot of batoning with it either). I am not sure whether or not to get the bk 14 because of the sheath dulling issue and I really don't feel like having to order a new sheath.

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    The 16 actually sounds like the better option for what you've described. The 14 is nice, but maybe a bit small for a general camp cutter.

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    mrn8 took the words right out of my knife. The 14 is GREAT for day hikes where you don't really have any big cutting tasks planned or as a secondary to a bigger knife but for something you can carry around and rely on for hunting/fishing/camping stuff the 16 is the ticket. Though if it's primarily for hunting/fishing, you're probably going to want to consider the 17. I prefer the 16, but I don't hunt or fish much.

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    Welcome to the forum. I think mrn8 and RogueBowie just answered your question. To back them up, I'm gonna say that either would work nicely, but the 16 is a better size for larger camp cuts like fish. And to RBs point, the 17 is pokier than the 16, just sayin.

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    I just finished putting my 16 and a folding saw in a medium sized pack. I will be strapping a small forest axe to it now and then. I don't see why I would need anything larger than the 16 for outdoor duty when I have other optional wood processing tools along. For myself right now, I want medium and lighter over larger and heavier. I doubt that there is much that couldn't be done with this lighter weight combo. I love ESEE, but the Becker BK-16 is a sweet one also. Once you have it in hand you'll know why.
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    Get both, you're gonna end up with both eventually anyway.
    For hunting/woodsbumming the 16 is the better option. The 14 is GREAT for short day hikes, as an EDC fixed blade, and as a backup to a larger blade. You really can't go wrong though, and the 14 sheath issue is more or less resolved.
    Welcome to the forums.

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    Just got my BK16, really LOVE the ergos. Feels perfect in the hand.
    The sheath mine came with has a loose enough pocket that there's no contact as it slides in.
    Doesn't seem like it would cause dulling. It's a pretty good sheath honestly, but I would use it on my line gear,
    rather than for camping. For camp use a nice leather pocket style sheath would be great.
    A member posted that Blind Horse Knives #6 sheath fits well, for about $40
    I'm looking at the 14 as well, but would use that more for and edc.
    Might be better for skinning though.

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    If your looking for ONE knife to buy, youd do better to get a more full size type knife like the 16. I wish they would update the 14 to have the Izula II handle rather than making it in D2... Not to derail or anything. Get the 16! or 17!

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    The 14 is great for EDC in town, but I prefer something at least as big as a Tweener in the field. 15, 16, or 17--it doesn't really matter. They are all good choices.

    BTW, I always carry my 14, even if I'm using another, bigger knife. I always like to have a backup. Or two. Or three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardTripper View Post
    If your looking for ONE knife to buy, youd do better to get a more full size type knife like the 16. I wish they would update the 14 to have the Izula II handle rather than making it in D2... Not to derail or anything. Get the 16! or 17!
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    Nice to have another alabama member....what city?

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    I agree with everyone here. You'll probably get both, but if you have to pick one I'd go with the 16 for your current needs.

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    I had the same question and got the two! If you have to pick one, and go for BK16 by the possibilities of use and not biggest size...

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