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
Note: The catalog covers shown above are for historical reference only.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 have changed how we sell our knives to devote more time with family, personal interests, & address new challenges on the horizon. These changes are as follows:
1). WE NOW ONLY SELL KNIVES THAT ARE FINISHED & READY FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE.
Refer to our "Finished Knives For Sale" page to view currently available knives.
Knife listings will be updated monthly, along with info on what models are coming next & when.
2). WE NO LONGER ACCEPT "MADE-TO-ORDER" REQUESTS, & NOR MAINTAIN A WAITING LIST.
3). Tracker/WSK knives will still be offered, but are now only produced in very limited numbers a few times per year.
An update will be posted at least a month prior to any Tracker/WSK knife listing to give everyone a fair chance.
4). WE ONLY SHIP TO DESTINATIONS IN THE USA (Including Alaska & Hawaii).
Due to ongoing problems with all shipping services not guarantying safe delivery, & the difficulty retrieving
compensation for lost/stolen/confiscated knives shipped abroad, we can no longer afford to ship to any destination
outside of the USA at this time. Foreign customers are welcome, but must provide a mailing address & phone
number of a recipient in the USA who will accept responsibility for delivery & be willing to forward it to you if
needed at their own risk. If the shipping policies of carriers improve in the future so will ours.
*Buyers must be at least 18 years of age, & agree to accept our Terms & Conditions of sale outlined on our web site.
Although best known as the actual designer/maker of the original TRACKER Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) used by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film The "HUNTED", our specialty is hand-crafting more traditionally-styled tools. Many reflect early American & Scandinavian influence focusing on simplicity & practical features recognized by experienced woodsmen as desirable qualities for efficient & well-handling work knives.
To these, we add a touch of rustic elegance, making our knives as much a delight to admire as to use.
David R. Beck, owner & sole craftsman, is a full-time professional knife & tool maker, & life-long student of primitive survival-living/bushcraft skills. With over 40-years experience crafting custom knives, Dave has also worked closely with elite military, top survival experts, wilderness adventurers, & outdoor enthusiasts from around the world to develop a deep understanding of knife design, ergonomics, materials, & manufacturing techniques essential for crafting professional-grade tools that will excel in wilderness settings. Our reputation as a trusted maker of fine, heirloom-quality knives is well-known. If you're ready for a knife that'll, compliment your growing skill set, need to equip for our next deployment, or just want to treat yourself to that special knife you've always dreamed about & deserve, give us a try. Our knives are a proven solid investment & we know that once you've tried one you'll wonder why you've deprived yourself for so long.
About Our Knives:
*Our knives & sheaths are individually hand-crafted by David R. Beck himself using only the best US-sourced
materials. Nothing is mass-produced, & every phase of the knife & sheath making process is completed in-house.
*Our knives demonstrate practical features & attention to detail ensuring every knife will exceed your expectations &
meet the performance standards of professional users.
*Blades are hand-forged & stock-ground from high carbon steel, differentially heat treated with a harder edge for
superior edge retention yet ease of sharpening in the field. The blade's spines are tempered softer for resilience &
added safety, while being hard enough for ferro rod striking with their 90-degree ground edges.
*Blade geometry, thickness, & bevel profiles are selected to deliver optimum strength & performance for each model's
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 coat of oil or wax to help deter corrosion. You can expect a
natural patina to develop through use as the blade "ages". Our method of heat treatment does produce a temper line,
but this may not be easily visible depending upon the type of finish applied.
*All knives feature full-tang construction, or a robust, full-length internal tang for optimum strength & handle support.
*Our ergonomically-shaped handles enhance extended-use comfort, & are epoxy-bedded, & secured by either stainless
steel Loveless bolts or traditional steel, brass or Germain silver pins.
Natural hardwoods are in-house oven cured, stabilized (when needed), & hand finished with oils & wax to help
protect & highlight the beauty of the material. Leather washer type handles are specially stabilized & treated to better
resist moisture & wear.
(Note: Stabilizing doesn't eliminate all handle material movement, but will reduce the risk of excessive
shrinkage/expansion & lessen maintenance. Occassional oiling/waxing is still recommended).
Micarta & other laminates are used when ultimate durability & a maintenance-free handle is paramount.
*Guards & bolsters are pinned & silver soldered in place, & made from either steel, solid brass or Germain silver.
Some exceptions may apply on special knives where duplicating strict traditional methods are best.
*All knives come with durable leather sheaths molded for a glove-like fit, & are treated with a special oil/wax
preservative for long wear.
*All knives come with a 5-day money-back satisfaction guaranty, Limited Lifetime Warranty, & excellent after-sale
Whether your pleasure is a leisurely outing, carving roasted moose by the campfire, canoe trekking some north woods lake, or experiencing high adventure far off the beaten path where every day is a test of a man's metal, a well-made knife for everyday camp & trail tasks you can also stake your life upon is not just a luxury but a necessity. We understand a woodsman's needs, & are a maker of high-quality knives to meet these challenges & get you to our farthest destination & back with confidence.
*Refer to our "Finished Knives For Sale" page to view currently available &
future upcoming knives we'll be producing.