Ka-Bar Dozier vs Benchmade Mini Pika

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Has anybody ever done a head to head evaluation comparing the Ka-Bar Dozier Thumb Notch Folder and the Benchmade Mini Pika.

I'm in the market for one or the other and am having a hard time deciding between the two. Any info or advice would be well appreciated. :D
 
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I have never handled the Benchmade Pika, but I do have the Ka-Bar Dozier. I ordered the Dozier from A.G. Russell to take advantage of their outstanding warranty. I wanted an inexpensive hunting knife, and I am very happy with the purchase. I was concerned about the quality when I saw how inexpensive they are, but I feel that it is a great buy. My knife has no blade play what so ever, and it locks up securely. The only aspect of the knife that I don't like is the clip. It seems adequate, but I wish it was a bit wider. When compared to my Spyderco Standard and Benchmade AFCK, it is much narrower. It is also very comfortable to hold and use. I used to have a Benchmade Ascent that is of similar size, and I felt that it was close to the Dozier in quality. For me, the Dozier fits my hand much better.
 

RH

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Maybe not a 100% fair comparison, but I have the Dozier and a full-size Pika, both right here on the desk.

For starters, both are very well made. For the price of one similiar zytel handled folder from Spyderco or Cold Steel, you can buy both the Kabar and Pika. A no-brainer there.

KaBar:
very solid lockup, nice blade shape. I like this better than the spearpoint, which I also own. It has a sharper tip, but still retains a thick blade and strong point. Reminds me of the Spyderco Standard. Ergos are good, because the handle is smooth (no finger grooves). Zytel has a grippy texturing, like gun checkering. There's room to put your fingers where you want 'em. Hole opeing is great, because of the sharp edge hole (at least on the side I use). the hole appears to be punched out, leaving sharp edge that grabs your thumb easily. Clip is kinda cheesy, thin, narrow, and ends in an outward-pointing end, which I don't like (too easy to scratch things, like car doors).

Pika:
has a more expensive look & feel. the zytel looks nicer, but functionally has less grip texture than the kabar. solid lockup. opeing hole looks better, since it's chamfered (smoothed and concaved), but it's easier to slip off while opening. handle looks like nice finger ergos, but all the hills & valleys make it worse, because if your fingers don't fit just right, it feels wierd. clip is much better than kabar. high-riding, smooth, and ends in a downward-pointing end.

I like them both, they are great deals. For $20$25, you cannot go wrong either way. I would like to get the mini-pika as well.
 
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I agree with RH. I just bought both to give to my kids for Christmas. I only played with them for 30 seconds but both seem great for the price.
 
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The Mini-Pika is a very good knife for the money sporting a quality steel blade with a neat finish, a nicely textured handle and a solid lock-up. Comes with a very unobtrusive clip.
 
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Quiet Storm said:
The Mini-Pika is a very good knife for the money sporting a quality steel blade with a neat finish, a nicely textured handle and a solid lock-up. Comes with a very unobtrusive clip.
I've already posted that photo on a BM-forum, You can see here the unobtrusivity ;)

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I don't own a Ka-Bar, but only the both PIKAs, they are a very good knives for little money. I can only confirm all what has been already written.
 
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I've just bought both knives on eBay.
They should be here by this weekend.
Review soon to follow.
 
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