Heavy Duty Neck Knife Round Up

Fans of neck knives have been happy for the last year or so due to several extremely high-quality neck knives beginning to be manufactured. Like other kinds of knives, neck knives are generally made for a specific use or task. As wilderness or survival style knives have been gaining in popularity, it is no surprise that many of the new neck knives have been made for that genre.

One of the most commonly seen is the Becker Necker, a Becker Knife and Tool design made by Kabar. A similar knife was being made by for Becker by Camillus until they unfortunately went out of business. Kabar has picked up the slack and they are better than ever. The Becker Necker is 6.75" long with a 3.25" blade and 3.55" handle. It is made of 1095, an inexpensive high-carbon steel that is tough, holds a good edge, and sharpens easily. Due to its' .165" thickness, it is also the heaviest of the three I'm going to mention in this post at 2.5 oz. It has a street price of $35 which makes it a definite bargain.

Another neck knife that has gained a large following is the Randall's Adventure and Training Izula. Named after a South American ant, the Izula is up for any task you can throw at it. Made of 1095 and, having a flat grind, it is a good performer. Like the Becker, the Izula is .165" thick meaning you won't break it without really working at it. the Izula has a 2.88" blade and is 6.25" overall. It is a bit lighter than the Becker at 2 oz. The Izula has a street price around $55.

The newest of the bunch is the Bark River Knife and Tool Bravo 2 Necker. The Bravo 2 Necker is smaller than the previous two knives. It has a 2.5" blade and 3.5" handle. If stain resistance is a concern for you, the Bravo 2 Necker is made of 12c27 stainless steel that will be more rust resistant than the 1095 used in the Izula and Becker Necker. The Bravo 2 Necker also differs in that it has a convex edge which has a sharpening learning curve for those not familiar with convex edge sharpening. Proponents of convex knife edges argue that they have better edge holding.

The Bravo 2 Necker is the lightest of these three knives at 1.5 oz, due to it's size and .130" thickness. It is also the most expensive with a street price of $69.

If you are looking for a heavy duty neck knife any of these three will perform admirably. They are, in my opinion, three of the best neckers on the market right now. They all offer outstanding performance without emptying your wallet. Look over the specs of them and choose the one that fits your needs the best.


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