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Becker BK2 vs. Schrade SCHF9

Updated on January 26, 2013

Becker Bk2 or Schrade SCHF9 - Better Buy?

Recently I have seen a lot of traffic to my websites with folks looking for a comparison between the Becker BK2 vs. Schrade SCHF9. I personally own both blades and used them extensively. Both have their positives and negatives have similar stats on paper.including the type of steel they are made of relatively similar in size and are marketed towards the same outdoor enthusiast that is looking for a good knife at a competitive price.

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Becker BK2 vs. Schrade SCH9 Stats

Lets take a look at a stat comparison

Becker BK2

Blade Steel: 1095 High Carbon

Overall Length : 10.25"

Blade Length : 5.25 "

Blade Thickness : .25"

Weight: 13oz

Handle material: Grivoy

Schrade SCHF9

Blade Steel: 1095 High Carbon

Overall Length : 12"

Blade Length: 6.64

Blade Thickness: .25"

Weight: 15.9 oz

Handle material: Kraton scales

Overall Feel

The overall feel of the Becker BK2 vs. Schrade SCHF9 are quite different. The SCHF9 has a handle that is made with a few different grips options in the design. There is an option to choke up on the knife and use a finger choil that is machined into the blade, a "regular grip with jimping on the spine of the knife where the thumb rests, and an option to choke down on the blade for chopping.

The handle took a bit of time to get used to for me but after I played with the different grip options it was pretty comfortable. The kraton scales are a good material however not as nice to the hands as the Grivory of the BK2.

The Becker BK2 overall feel is a bit more balanced than the SCHF9 and unlike the SCHF9, as soon as you grab the handle of the BK2 your hand knows exactly where to go. The handle is flat out comfortable. Even though there are no designed positions on the handle to choke up, choke down etc, you can still comfortably achieve all of these grips.

Blade comparison

The Blades of the BK2 and SCHF9 look similar on paper but are actually very different both in shape and performance. Both have a flat grind, a drop point , .25ā€ thickness and are made of 1095 high carbon steel. However the BK2 has a fatter blade from the spine of the knife to the cutting edge of the steel. The BK2 also retains the .25ā€ tang thickness further towards the tip of the blade, making the knife a more durable prier. It is an overall meatier blade.

The SCHF9 has a longer seemingly more detail oriented blade. The cutting edge has a slight curve inward at the belly of the blade and then curves outward towards the top of the blade like a long shallow ā€œSā€ shape. I originally thought this would make the knife a more detailed carver but I have not been able to validate that or really see any positives or negatives from that blade shape.

Cutting Tests

Chopping

In the chopping test both knives are fairly equal however the Becker BK2 does chop slightly more wood per stroke. The fatter blade seems to make a difference as the overall weight of the BK2 is condensed along a slightly shorter more robust blade. Both do a good job but the Becker, in this test seems to have a slight advantage.

Baton test

The Baton test is equal across both knives. I thought that the SCHF9 would be easier because of the longer blade but both faired about the same. Both are extremely efficient for the relatively small size of the knives.

Whittling

The Becker BK2 takes has the advantage over the smaller work. The SCHF9 is harder to control when whittling the finer details. I was able to make a feather stick with the Becker but had a really hard time with the SCHF9 even while choking up on the blade, using the finger choil.

Full Reviews and Chop Tests

Overall Consensus?

The overall impression on both blades is positive, although I like the Becker BK2 over the SCHF9, both have their place in your kit. Since the Schrade SCHF9 is $30 cheaper than the Becker it is definitely a great knife for those that cannot spend the $65 that the Becker BK2 costs. The Becker is no doubt the better knife but if you have to spend less, the SCHF9 is the way to go. Both knives have similar specs and will no doubt last a lifetime but if you are in the market for one knife, spend the extra dollars and go with the Becker you will not be disappointed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There are definitely issues with the 1095 steel of the schrade (vastly inferior heat treatment). I was able to damage the edge chopping an oak branch about 1 inch thick. Also, it ships so dull it cannot cut a cardboard box. Great design, but not a quality blade by any means.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great review.But the schrade is the better knife.Just because it's got the ka-bar name behind it doesn't mean it's a better knife.Same blade steel,same materials at half the price.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the review.... Gave one to my husband and my dad they love them. Got ours at Fletcher Andersons

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I do agree about the Schrade being the better chopper. It's because of the handle too. You can grip it far rearward making the front extremely heavily weighted. With a lanyard of course. The shape of the Schrade handle makes this possible.

      I also see the similarities between them in batoning but the schrade does process more wood per smack because it is simply longer, but no biggie here either.

      But great review and thanks for doing it!

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      TShirtFrank 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Man I appreciate your comments and one of the reasons that I like the topic so much. EVERYONE has their own opinion. Watch the video that I did above, I am not pulling my bias out of thin air , in all of my workings with these blades I do lean towards the Becker. It IS a better chopper, cutter etc. I am looking at how these knives work in the field for me. Objectively. Stats are a starting point for me. Steel.. extremely important, but an inch here and an ounce there do not tell me how the knife will perform in the field. It will give me an idea, but when knives are paired so closely like the Becker and SCHF9 you have to get out in the field and test them.. If you look at the weight of the Becker in a shorter fatter package you do have more weight per blade impact ratio and it is a better chopper not by a landslide, but a better chopper. You can have a 2lb knife but if it is 2/12 feet long, chances are that is is not a good chopper. Weight alone means nothing neither does blade length. It is all about the DESIGN and incorporating the right ratio of blade length, overall weight, how the weight is distributed across the blade, blade grind, blade shape, blade steel, etc. etc. etc. ... And I wouldn't recommend a BK2 for Bushcraft.. to big..get a Mora.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dude, common.. I own both of these knives and can easily see your biased toward the Becker.. In every area you say the BK2 was superior, which is not true. First off the scales on the SCHF9 are more comfortable and gripper especially in wet, there is more to hangon to. Second the SCHF9 is a better chopper because its longer and heavier. Your argument that the BK2 is better chopper because of its "weight and shorter blade" is ridiculous, cause its lighter! The longer heavier knife chops better, that's not a hard one to figure out. Bushcraft is probably the ONLY area the BK2 is superior.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome review!