You’d be hard-pressed to find someone better at making functional outdoor fixed blades than the great Ethan Becker.

Just take a look at the KA-BAR BK16 Short Becker, for example.

The Short Becker is a moderately sized fixed blade you can feel comfortable taking on all your outdoor adventures.

Its blade is 4.375 inches long and made from 1095 Cro-Van, a carbon steel known for taking a fine edge and keeping it through some hard use. The black coating also gives it extra corrosion resistance.

The black Ultramid handle scales are not only comfortable but very durable. If you’re not a fan of the black, KA-BAR also includes brown scales that you can replace easily. It comes with a MOLLE compatible Cordura sheath.

Overall, this is a no-nonsense knife with a versatile drop point blade design, functional sharpening choil, ergonomic grip, and solid materials.

When you’re going outside, grabbing this US-made knife is a no-brainer.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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