While cruising on YouTube I discovered there were numerous people who had modified or customized their BK9 knives. One of the easiest and most common changes was handle scales. So I found a set on Ebay that I liked and ordered them. They cost $45, which is 30% of what the knife cost me when new. A knife designed and produced by such notable names as Ethan Becker and KaBar should have come standard with some grips similar to this.
The sheath is another issue, being a floppy nylon mess with a plastic liner. But right now I don't feel like spending another $75-100 to replace it with a kydex sheath. If nothing else, the manufacturers ought to make these options available at the time of purchase at a reasonable cost. That way they could make some extra money and deliver a knife to the customer that was ready to please from day one.
Those of you who have followed my blog for a long time may remember when I approached KaBar about producing a fighting knife which I designed. I met with the design dept. and they loved the knife! But they said their grinding equipment, at the time, could not produce the blade without some major changes to the blade. The subtlety of the blade required hand grinding by someone with great skill. That man was Mike Sturman a friend who made several exceptional fighting knives for me. Mike understood the ergonomics of a handle and the proper overall balance of a fighting knife. Here is that knife, the D-S #4, with a seven inch blade. The blade is double edged. The handle is mesquite wood with the grain raised by whiskering, and then it is sealed. It has a proper palm swell and a steel butt cap to improve the balance.