Becker Combat Utility 7


Dave Markowitz
February 20, 2003, 08:48 PM
I received my new Becker Combat Utility 7 knife today. Here are just my initial impressions since I haven't had the chance to use it yet.

I have a few large lockbacks, but I've been looking for a good sheath knife and this one appealed to me. When I was in Civil Air Patrol I carried a Camillus Air Force Survival knife for awhile, then a Schrade Bearpaw locking folder. I never really warmed up to the USMC Fighting Knife.

Becker Knife & Tool seems to have a good reputation from what I've seen (they're owned by Camillus). And the price was right: $49 + shipping from from the Cutlery Shoppe. This was my second order from them; I bought a Victorinox Cyber Tool 41 from TCS last year. The Becker can be seen at:

This is one nice knife. Specs are as follows:

* Blade steel 0170-6C
* RC hardness 58-59
* Blade length 7 1/4"
* Length Overall 12 3/4"
* Blade thickness3/16" Weight, knife13.4 oz
* Weight, sheath 4.2 oz

The knife is comparable in size to a K-Bar but the handle is much more comfortable and it seems better balanced to me than a K-Bar. The flat-ground blade is your basic 7-1/4" clip point Bowie style with a false edge, which is not sharpened, which is fine for me. The cutting edge, however, is very sharp. The synthetic scales are attached to the full tang with three hex-head bolts.

The end of the tang protrudes from the pommel and is flatened a bit so it can be used for pounding things, but since it's the same thickness as the rest of the blade and tang, it won't be all that useful as a hammer, IMO.

The carbon steel blade, including the tang and pommel, is finished in a black epoxy crinkle coating reminiscent of the one found on a Remington Model 870 Express. Hopefully it's more durable than the Remington finish.

I like the ambidextrous sheath. It's OD green ballistic nylon with black nylon trim. It has a snapping strap to hold the knife in the sheath and is line with hard plastic (Kydex?). The strap must be fastened to keep the knife in, since it's a loose fit otherwise. There's also a pocket secured with a Velcro flap on the sheath for a sharpening stone or other stuff. Finally, the sheath has four gromets which can be used to tie it and the knife down so it's "jump ready." The belt loop is big enough to fit on a GI pistol belt, and there are slots sewn onto the back of it to accept ALICE clips.

Obviously, the proof will be in the cutting, but I like what I see so far.

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February 20, 2003, 11:29 PM
I have soldiers, marines, airmen, and their moms & dads calling me every day looking for a good field knife.

9 times out of ten, if they have a pre conceived preference, it's for a Ka-bar. If they can be convinced otherwise, they get a Becker 7 or 9 from us.

The Becker eat's the KaBar for lunch in my opinion. For a soldier's common task, there is no better choice - and it won't destroy the wallet either.

Just my two cents.


February 21, 2003, 08:56 AM
Kevin is right, the Becker is a superior knife for heavy field use to many others and better than anything at the same price.

If you want reassurance, the State Department Security folks carry them in Afganastan.

Dave Markowitz
February 21, 2003, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the feedback, guys. I plan to take it out back tomorrow and give it a workout.

February 22, 2003, 06:58 PM
I concur, great knife. I have used mine to clear vines , small tree branches and the like around our house, works well. Also was easy to re-sharpen. Great value.

Dave Markowitz
February 23, 2003, 02:16 PM
I took the Becker out back today for a few minutes to try it out.

-Slices through an empty windshield washer fluid container like it isn't there.

-Chops well through pine. I cut a few pine branches, some old, dry and hard, and a few that were green. By the way it goes through it quickly I can tell that this knife would work really well in helping to put together a campsite.

Two thumbs way up. :cool:

Al Thompson
February 23, 2003, 04:56 PM
How do they compare to a Cold Steel SRK? Hard to get a feel for the relative merits via the web sites.

February 23, 2003, 05:08 PM
The SRK isn't bad blade-wise, but the handle is really unfriendly. The square shape isn't very good for chopping use, and doesn't do well when exposed to fuel, DDT, mosquito repellent, fire, etc.

Since the handle is your interface with the knife, the SRK gets a thumb down from me in the utility role - but works well for other tasks.


Dave Markowitz
February 23, 2003, 08:53 PM
I like the Becker handle much better than the Cold Steel. My brother has a Cold Steel Master Hunter, which IIRC has the same handle as (or one very similar to) the SRK. I like the rubber material on the Cold Steel, but its square cross-section isn't too ergonomic, IMO. In contrast the Becker handle is very comfortable.

February 23, 2003, 10:46 PM

I love my Becker CU7. Got it after seeing an comparison test in a gun rag. It held it's own against knives costing $350. Great handle for chopping. I paid $49, but have seen it for $39 since. The article disliked the flimsy sheath (and got another product tie-in) so they had one made in kydex. It was nice, so I called and it cost mort than the knife, heh. Can't go wrong with this one.

February 24, 2003, 05:30 AM
but have seen it for $39 since

Braz, care to share where? Thanks!

February 24, 2003, 09:16 PM
Sorry Bruz, I don't remember.

But I might'a seen it on one of large supply sites, like...
Try a search on Jeeves or Google for best price, that might do it.

Al Thompson
February 27, 2003, 03:46 PM
Found a Becker at a local store today. Very different than a regular knife. That thing was more of a small machete, although a very high class machete. I agree with Kevin that it's a much better tool for soldiers than most anything else. Looks like it would be much better for chopping.

February 28, 2003, 02:22 PM
Thats a great looking fixed blade. How does this compare to the Seal Pup?

July 8, 2003, 08:07 PM

I have both the BK&T Crewman in Desert Tan and the CS SRK. While I haven't used the SRK in a camping-type situation and I have with the Crewman, I would take the Crewman first.

The blade thickness is the same (3/16") however, the blade width on the Crewman is much greater, maybe twice as wide (I'll have to check actual dimensions next time I'm in my work room).

I was able to split 5-6" diameter logs over this last weekend while camping. I don't think I could that with the SRK.

BTW: My wife ordered the BK&T from 1 Stop and I couldn't be happier about the service!

My .02.


Will Fennell
July 22, 2003, 05:29 PM
We have several different models of "Beckers".....some are big choppers, some are smaller "camp knives", and some are in-between. Here are some examples.....

Here is the BK6 PATROL MACHETE...

Here is the BK7 COMBAT/UTILITY-7....

So, your right, some of our offerings are VERY different than "normal" knives....and they PERFORM different than "normal":rolleyes: knives.

Becker Knife and Tool is a division of CAMILLUS KNIVES.

July 22, 2003, 09:40 PM
A very timely thread.. I've been shopping around for a good sheath knife as well. The Brute, BK7 and BK9 from Becker have all been tops on my short list of candidates. The Battle Rat ( from Swamp Rat Knives rounds out the list. I'll be interested to know how well the BK7 works out for you, as it will definitely influence my purchase.

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