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
Whether you're a novice outdoorsman or seasoned adventurer living life on the edge, your journey has just led you to some of the highest quality, field-proven knives you can depend upon to get you to your farthest destination and back.
Late 1990's Vintage Model "C" Gen2 TRACKER Knife
with discontinued 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
IMPORTANT UPDATES IN EFFECT AS OF 05/28/21
The catalog covers shown above are for historical reference only.
We no longer offer copies of printed catalogs. All information on our knives is now posted on our web site.
Refer to our "Custom Knife Line" & "WSK Knives" pages for details of all the knives & options we offer. In-stock knives available for immediate purchase can be viewed on our "Finished Knives For Sale" page.
In order to gain more valuable family time, & to work on our new location, we will be reducing our time in the work shop & office. This may result in completion delays for some orders. We apologize in advance for those affected.
Current info on this site may not contain knife models & options previously available at the time an order was placed.
Orders received prior to any changes on this site will be still be completed as originally requested unless otherwise directed by the customer. Order details will be confirmed before starting & we can supply customers with older web site pics if you don't remember what a knife or option looked like. Customers will have an opportunity to make any last-minute changes if needed when we confirm details before starting.
Due to the high demand for our knives, and an effort to provide a more efficient service to our customers without compromising the quality of our knives, the following policies are in effect:
1. We only accept a limited number or orders per year to help avoid lengthy wait times for our knives. Once the work
load exceeds our capacity we may temporarily stop accepting orders until our schedule is more manageable.
2. We only accept orders for knife models & options currently listed on this web site at this time.
3. We do not accept requests for custom modifications, design alterations, materials, or other features & services
not listed as an available option.
4. We no longer make knives or sheaths from customer's designs, & do not work on, repair, or make sheaths for knives
produced by other makers.
5. Our knives are "made-to-order" & are not typically in stock for immediate purchase. Feel free to inquire on the
present wait time for orders if you'd like to know before placing your request.
Any knives that are available for immediate sale will be listed on our "Finished Knives For Sale" page.
6. WE ONLY SHIP TO DESTINATIONS IN THE USA. Due to ongoing problems with all carriers, we are presently
not able to ensure safe delivery, or compensation for lost/damaged merchandise sent abroad. Because of this we
have temporarily stopped shipping knives & components to all foreign destinations outside of the USA.
We will post an update here when this situation improves & we can resume shipped abroad.
Foreign customer requests are still welcome, but they must include a USA-based mailing address we can ship to.
We apologize to our foreign customers for this inconvenience.
*Exception: We do ship to US Military personnel stationed abroad who provide an Overseas Military Mail address.
(For more information regarding foreign orders, refer to our "Order Information" page.
We are a small, full-time knife shop who specialize in hand-crafting professional-grade cutting tools.
David R. Beck, owner & sole craftsman, is a lifelong student of aboriginal survival-living/bushcrafting skills and a trained machinist/toolmaker. Prompted by the desire for self-sufficiency & to obtain dependable tools for the field that offered practical, yet efficient features rarely addressed by large-scale cutlery manufacturers, Dave began learning the trade of blade/knifemaking at an early age. Our original knife shop opened in 1991 producing specialty cutting tools primarily for survival schools & outdoor enthusiasts during which time our TRACKER Wilderness Survival Knife first became available to the public.
Drawing from many years of experience in the field & knife shop, we've developed an intimate understanding & education of knife design, ergonomics, materials, & manufacturing methods essential to crafting cutting tools that excel in the field. Over time this earned us a stellar reputation for quality & the dependable performance of our knives. Our education & constant commitment to improve our products never stops. We routinely work closely with survival experts, Elite military & skilled woodsmen from around the world who evaluate our knives to ensure ever knife & option we offer will meet, or exceed the performance standards required by professional users.
You'll find our knives being used by outdoorsmen of all types from all around the world & for good reason, we place a lot of care & pride in the work we do to offer knives that are the perfect choice for anyone looking to step up to a professional-grade tool that's not just a pleasure to use, but one that they can depend upon to get them to their farthest destination & back with confidence.
Although best known as the actual designer/maker of the Original TRACKER (Model "C" Gen1) Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) used by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film the "HUNTED", we also offer more traditionally-styled knives to fit everyone's needs.
Whether you're searching for a tool for our next deployment, a dependable knife for survival, camp or trail use, or just want something special to carry on your next moose hunt, the selection of one our knives will certainly become a highlight of your experience. Once you've tried one of our knives you'll wonder why you deprived yourself for so long.
David R. Beck personally fabricates every knife & we're very proud to say everything is made right here in the USA.
Every stage of the knife & sheath-making process is done here at our knife shop completely by hand using only the finest of materials. From the shaping of the steel, hand-cut saw teeth, & flawless mating of materials, to the flame-hardening & final honing of our blades, every aspect reflects a level of perfection that only strict attention to detail, care in one's work, & years of experience can produce. The end result is a tool that possesses a unique personality, feel & level of performance that seemingly comes alive in the user's hands, instilling confidence, & making our knives so much more pleasurable to use.
*Practical, yet efficient designs, proportioned & ergonomically correct for the most comfortable feel & positive grip.
*Field-proven by professionals & wilderness experts world-wide to ensure each knife will meet, or exceed your
*Blade thickness & bevel types are selected for optimum performance & strength for each knife's intended purpose.
*01 high carbon tool steel blades are differentially hardened & tempered with a soft spine & harder edge for
resilience, strength, excellent edge-holding & ease of sharpening in the field. All blades are hand-honed then
stropped to an extremely sharp edge & are ready for the field right from the box.
*Saw teeth (Used on Tracker/WSK knives only), designed after the efficient tooth design used on "Swiss Army"
knives, are hand-cut with files, tempered, & will cut on both the pull & push stroke. The open tooth design
combined with vibration during use assists self-cleaning to reduce binding & encourage aggressive cutting of "V"
grooves or deep square notches.
*Blade finishes: All come with your choice of a fine "Wet-Sanded" finish for a classic look & ease of maintenance, or
"Blued" for darker appearance. All blades are shipped well-oiled for rust resistance.
*Full Tang construction for added strength. Blade steel is visible all-around the handle. Heavier tangs are tapered to
improve balance & handling, while thinner tangs not benefitting from this feature are non-tapered to save
unnecessary customer expense.
*Micarta is the std. handle material as it's nearly indestructible, maintenance-free, & adds a nice accent to our knives.
All handles are secured with epoxy & stainless steel Loveless bolt fasteners with matching lined lanyard hole.
Handle scales are finely-sanded then waxed to enhance material color & produce a more subdued appearance
with a slightly better grip.
*All knives come std. with our traditionally-designed "Type-1" sheaths that are wet-molded from black leather for a
glove-like fit, double-stitched, & complimented with a special waxed finish. "Type-1" sheaths are made with a
sewn-on belt loop, configured for vertical side-carry only, & come std. with no other features for clean appearance.
Sheath design & option upgrade are available upon request for those who want to expand the versatility of their
knife kit. (Refer to our knife pages for more details).
*All knives come with a 5-day money-back satisfaction guaranty & Limited Lifetime Warranty for the original owner.
*All correspondence is addressed by Mr. Beck personally to ensure our customers receive professional assistance.