Although mainly known for being the designer & maker of the Original TRACKER Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) used
by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film the "HUNTED", our reputation for producing fine knives also
encompasses our extended line of more traditional concepts.
Whether it's a Tracker/WSK, or any of our other excellent work knives, all are crafted to the same high standards & attention to
detail so you can't go wrong with any choice you make.
The following is what our customers can expect with all our knives:
1. The Blade
All our blades are crafted from 01 high carbon steel with a differential heat treatment creating a blade with a hard, durable edge
& soft spine. Blade geometry, bevels & other details are carefully selected for each knife model to promote the perfect balance
in optimizing cutting efficiency, edge retention & strength for their intended purpose.
Our specialty heat treatment increases blade toughness & resilience to further reduce the risk of blade failure under stress. This
not only enables us to lighten the carry weight of our blades by using thinner steels for improved handling & control, but does
it without compromising blade strength & overall performance while enhancing a higher degree of user safety. Regardless of
the maker, his skill, or the materials used, no knife is indestructible, & even the best can fail, or become damaged under the
right circumstances, especially if abused, but this last benefit, often overlooked by large-scale manufactures, is one we feel is
very important to include in our knives & demonstrates our commitment to go above & beyond for our customers.
All blades come std. with our unique "Field-Gray" finish. (Finely wet-sanded, lightly hand polished, then antiqued to a unique
appearance of aged pewter on color). A light coating of oil is applied to all knives & should be maintained to protect against
corrosion, but to avoid health concerns, we recommend removing this coating prior to using your knife for food prep.
Blades are hand-honed then stropped to polish the working edges to a razor's sharpness, & are ready for the field right out of
*Note: With the differential heat treatment, all our blades will exhibit a temper (hamon) line, but because of the finish we use,
temper lines may not be readily visible. Through use, & contact with plant & animal fats & oils, this will become more
pronounced as the blades age.
2. Blade Tangs & Spine
Unless otherwise specified in their description, all knives are made with full tangs for the greatest handle support. Most tangs
are distal-tapered, meaning they start at full thickness just forward of the handle scales & become thinner nearest the butt.
This reduces carry weight, improves balance, handling, & also adds a nice "custom" appearance. Knife models with thinner
blades (as noted) not benefitting from this feature, have full, non-tapered tangs to save unnecessary customer cost.
Because of the type of heat treatment we use, only the forward area of the blade where the tempered zone intersects the back of
the spine is hard enough for scraping or striking a ferro rod. This spine section is made with sharp 90 degree edges for such
use. The remainder of the spine being too soft to be efficient for this task, is lightly deburred to be less wearing on the thumb.
Handle scales are secured with epoxy & Loveless bolts for the strongest mating of materials & guaranteed never to loosen.
Every handle is contoured to fit the natural shape of the hand for an incredibly comfortable feel & positive grip, & polished to
highlight the beauty of the material. Lanyard holes are std. & include stainless steel liners.
Micarta is now our std. & the only material we presently offer. From experience we've found its durability & stability is
unmatched. It's virtually indestructible, requires no maintenance, & all varieties we offer look very nice in contrast to our blade
finish. Micarta is simply the best option to compliment our knives, making it our most recommended material of choice.
Optional colored spacers can be placed between the handle scales & tang steel to add a nice-looking accent.
*Micarta & spacer color options can be viewed on our "Custom Knife Line" & "WSK Knives" pages.
4. The Sheath
We now only make one type of sheath & this is included in the list price of all knives.
The style we selected has been found to work the best & makes a nice-looking addition to our knives.
The rectangular shape & wider welting increases the sheaths' potential versatility, as the design simplifies optional
modifications so one can build upon its basic concept to include expanded modes of carry & even create a modular platform to
secure additional components for easy access in the field.
The std. style sheaths that come with all our knives are made from black leather, wet-molded for a "glove-like" fit, have a
generous belt loop for vertical side-carry, double-stitched w/strong nylon thread, treated to help shed moisture & extend
material life, & come with a "clean" outside surface (no mounting holes included).
ALL SHEATHS ARE MADE ONLY IN RIGHT HAND ORIENTATION & BLACK LEATHER.
*Sheath examples & optional modifications can be viewed on our knife pages, but we're always happy to assist our customers
with advise to help set-up the best configuration of options that'll best address your needs.
*Note: All knives can be ordered without sheaths to save cost, but if you want a sheath made at a later time, your knife would
have to be returned to us for fitting.
5. Excellent Customer Service
We stand behind our work 100%. All our knives come with a 5-day money-back Satisfaction Guaranty, Limited Lifetime
Warranty, & prompt attention to resolve any problems or concerns our customers may experience.
Feedback & inquiries are important to us & we respond to all messages we receive in a timely manner.
Once we get started on your order, regular updates are provided so you're kept informed of our progress.
Should you ever have a question, need advise, or have an issue that requires our attention, David R. Beck himself addresses all
correspondence to ensure you receive the professional assistance, & answers you need.