David R. Beck, Knifesmith LLC
"Fine Cutlery for the Adventurer"
David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC
138 Elwyn Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Shop hours: By appointment only.
Phone hours: 9am - 5pm EST
Late 1990's Vintage Model "C" Gen2 TRACKER Knife
with discontinued registered Trademark stamping.
Shown For Collectors Reference Only.
David R. Beck, designer & maker of the Original "TRACKER" Wilderness Survival Knife used by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures Film "The HUNTED".
Now referred to as the "WSK" (Wilderness Survival Knife)
The Original BECK "WSK" Knife. Copied by many, Equalled by None.
The Finest In Bushcraft, Survival & Special Purpose Cutlery For The Serious Backwoods Adventurer & Wilderness Professional. David R. Beck Knives, proudly designed & hand-crafted in the U.S.A.
Our Vintage 1999 Catalog Cover
Our Vintage 2001 Catalog Cover
*Knife Availability & Business Change Update*
Note: The catalog covers shown above are for historical reference only.
We no longer have copies of our older printed catalogs, nor do we presently offer a current printed catalog.
All current information regarding our knives can be viewed on our web site.
After many years serving thousands of customers we've decided it's time to change how we sell our knives so we can devote more time with family, personal interests, & address new challenges on the horizon.
To make this possible, the following changes are now in affect:
1). WE NO LONGER ACCEPT "MADE-TO-ORDER" REQUESTS & NO LONGER MAINTAIN A WAITING LIST.
Orders accepted prior to this change will still be filled. We will contact you shortly before we're ready to get started
to confirm details. Knife & option details will can be viewed on our "WSK Knives" page if assistance is needed
making final decisions. This page will be deleted after all pre-existing orders have been completed.
2). HOW CAN NEW CUSTOMERS PURCHASE OUR KNIVES?
Knives will be posted for sale on our "Finished Knives for Sale" page as they are finished & ready for immediate
purchase. There, updates will also be posted so you'll know what knives will be offered next & when.
*Knife availability will be very limited during 2023. By the end of 2023 we'll be done filling pre-existing orders, &
will start devoting full-time producing knives for inventory & our listing of knives for sale will increase & be
3). WE ONLY SHIP TO DESTINATIONS IN THE USA
Due to high shipping costs, changing regulations, our inability to guaranty safe delivery, & because we can no
longer afford to replace lost/stolen/confiscated knives shipped abroad, we will no longer ship to any destination
outside of the USA.
Foreign customers are welcome, but must supply a mailing address & phone number of a recipient in the USA who
will accept responsibility for delivery & be wiling to forward it to you if needed at their own risk.
*Upon purchase, buyers willfully declare they are of at least 18 years of age, & are under no restrictions in their
area, or otherwise, prohibiting the legal purchase of any items in their transaction with David R. Beck Knifesmith
LLC. Refer to the "Terms, Conditions & Warranty" page of our web site for any additional information which may
Although best known as the actual designer/maker of the original TRACKER Wilderness Survinal Knife (WSK) used by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film The "HUNTED", our specialty is crafting more traditional knife designs of the golden age of woodcraft & camping to fill the needs of every outdoorsmen's interest & skill level.
David R. Beck, owner & sole craftsman, is a life-long student of Indigenous survival-living/woodcraft skills & full-time professional toolmaker. With over 40-years' experience crafting custom knives, & working with Elite military & wilderness experts from around the world, Dave has developed a deep understanding of knife design, ergonomics, materials & manufacturing methods essential for crafting professional-grade tools that will excel in wilderness settings. David R. Beck is a name associated with premium quality knives favored by serious backwoodsmen, & our reputation as a trusted maker of fine heirloom-quality work knives is well known. If you're ready for a knife that'll compliment your growing skill set, or just want to treat yourself to that special knife you've always wanted & deserve, give us a try. We know that once you've tried one of our knives you'll wonder why you've deprived yourself for so long.
We are a full-time knife manufacturer & first opened our doors in 1991 to address the needs of today's adventurers.
David R. Beck personally makes every knife & sheath using only the best US-sourced materials & hands-on craftsmanship. Nothing is outsourced or mass-produced, & every phase of the knife & sheath making process is completed by hand at our work shop. Our knives demonstrate practical features & attention to detail ensuring every knife will exceed your expectations & meet the performance standards required by professional users.
All our knives come with the following std. features:
*Blades are hand-crafted from 01 high carbon steel. Differentially heat treated to a hard, durable edge for superior
edge-retention, yet ease of sharpening in the field, & softer spine for resilience & added safety. Blade geometry,
thickness, & bevel profiles are selected to deliver optimum strength & performance for each models' design &
intended purpose. Edges are hand-honed, then stropped to razor-sharpness ready for the field.
Blade finishes vary, but all require maintaining a light application of oil or wax to help deter corrosion. You can
expect a natural patina to develop through use as the blade "ages".
*All knives feature full-tang construction, or robust internal tangs for optimum strength & handle support.
* Handles are ergonomically-shaped to enhance extended-use comfort, & are permanently secured by stainless steel
Loveless bolts or traditional pins. Natural hardwoods (most, when used) are in-house oven-cured, stabilized, &
hand-finished to best highlight the beauty of the material. Leather washer-type handles (when used) are also
stabilized to better resist the effects of moisture & wear.
Note: Stabilizing doesn't guaranty against all natural handle movement, but will reduce moisture absorption & the
risk of excessive shrinkage/expansion.
Handle scales of Micarta & other laminates are also used when no maintenance & the greatest durability is needed.
* Guards & Bolsters (when incorporated) are pinned, & or silver-soldered in place.
* All knives come with leather sheaths, molded for a glove-like fit, & are treated with a special oil/wax preservative for
*All knives come with a 5-day money-back satisfaction guaranty, Limited Lifetime Warranty, & excellent after-sale
customer service should a customer require assistance.
Whether your pleasure is a leisurely outing, hunting north-woods moose, or experiencing high adventure far off the beaten path, we produce some of the finest work knives you'll find for addressing all your camp, bushcraft & survival needs. Continuing the tradition of old-world craftsmen, we combine the best of designs, materials & craftsmanship to outfit woodsmen with knives you can depend on to meet the challenges of any wilderness and get you to your farthest destination & back with confidence.
*Refer to our "Finished Knives For Sale" page to view currently available &
future upcoming knives we'll be producing.