When shopping around for a small fixed blade “neck” knife, I found that there were two popular options, the Ka-Bar Becker Necker and the ESEE RAT Izula. I ultimately ordered an Izula – and while it has performed exceptionally well, I almost went with the Becker Necker.
It was a tough choice to make since both knives are well reviewed, and the countless Becker Necker vs Izula forum threads out there with sides evenly drawn didn’t make the choice any easier.
Ka-Bar and ESEE got together and combined the best of both designs into a single knife, the EsKabar. This is pretty unheard of in the tool world, but a smart move on Ka-Bar and Esee’s parts.
The EsKabar looks to feature the Izula handle with a larger version of the Becker Necker blade and includes a kydex sheath.
The scale of the image above isn’t exactly accurate as it’s a combination of three different product image. In actuality, the EsKabar is 7″ long, the Izula 6.25″, and the Becker Necker 6.75″.
You can find the EsKabar at a number of Ka-Bar distributors for ~$35 or so, and it is made in the USA.
Let’s hope this ends all those Necker Becker vs. Izula debates. Or will we also need a KaESEE knife before that happens?