David R. Beck, Knifesmith LLC
Call Us: +1-610-670-5319
"Fine Cutlery for the Adventurer"  

              David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC
                     138 Elwyn Avenue
               Sinking Spring, PA 19608
       Email: drbeckknives@comcast.net

        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.
​(Above pic): 
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.
​About Us
   Knowing how valuable a good knife is & with so many makers & choices available, we understand how difficult it can be to select the best knife for your needs.
To start off, we will say there is no single knife that is perfect for everyone, or perfect for every task. So, we craft our knives based on what we've have learned through experience & what's best suited for the most practical & common uses encountered. 
    With a lifetime of studying aboriginal survival/bushcrafting skills, along with over forty years designing & making knives, we believe our combined experience has given us a solid foundation of knowledge & trade skills to produce some of the best work knives available for any wilderness adventure. Knowledge through actual field experience & trial & error, is the only way to truly understand the finer points of knife design & knife making. In addition, years of testing from the fields of combat, to real survival experiences throughout the world, & down to the simple tasks of crafting tools, dressing a moose, or preparing camp meals in the backwoods, resulted in volumes of feedback from customer experiences that further helped us refine our knives into some of the most comfortable, efficient, & dependable knives you'll find anywhere.

    Although much has changed over the years in the knife world, we have found that in most cases, the simplest concepts,
time-proven materials, & methods of crafting knives is still what works best, & this is how we approach our trade.
All our knives are exclusively hand-crafted by David R. Beck at our custom knife shop here in the USA. Every step in the development of our knives is accomplished directly by the hands of the maker without aid of high tech machinery or modern manufacturing processes. Nothing is outsourced or mass-produced & only the most basic of power & hand tools are employed. Even the saw teeth on our Tracker/WSK knives are hand cut with files. Our specialty heat treatment is an accomplished art, perfected over the years to push the boundaries of blade performance to the highest level, while shaping, final touches & sharpening, reflect our trained eye for detail. 
    Making knives in this manner takes time & may not be considered very productive by modern standards, but we don't place importance on quantity or profit. Being a small, full-time knife shop, success relies on the reputation of our work & raising the bar to make knives that will exceed the standards & expectations of our customers, & that is our driving force.
    The higher level of attention & our "hands-on" approach to making knives gives us an intimate relationship with each of our knives so that they are not only crafted to our rigid standards, but are also works of art. Customers find such confidence & lasting durability with our knives they're often proudly passed down to the next generation as they find their path in the woods. 

    Through our efforts & attention to address every functional detail, our knives have evolved into very efficient, fine-tuned tools. There are no unnecessary, or "gimmicky" features impractical for the field. We stick to the basics & utilize what has proven to work. Thus, the quality of our knives has become well-known among Elite military world-wide, including our US Navy SEALs & Special Forces, along with law enforcement, survival instructors, professional outdoorsmen, hunters, hikers & adventure seekers. But, our knives are not only the choice of professionals, they are perfect for those of any skill level looking to upgrade to a higher quality tool they'll not only cherish using, but will continue to serve them well with their growing skill set.
Our hard-earned, stellar reputation for quality, performance, & our commitment to excellence ensures every one of our knives will exceed your expectations & provide a lifetime of dependable service.

    If you're looking to make a solid investment, our knives will deliver the handling & performance you've been looking for. They are proven to hold, or often increase in value, and all our knives are guaranteed to give you the satisfaction you deserve. 
If you've been searching for that special knife to complete your outdoor kit, consider giving us a try. 
Our reputation speaks for itself, & once you've tried one, you'll wonder why you've waited for so long.
​About Our Knives
     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
     the box.

     *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. 

 3. Handle
     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). 

     *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.  
Our Vintage 1999 Catalog Cover
Our Vintage 2001 Catalog Cover
 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.
​To view our current knife line, please refer to our "Custom Knife Line" & "WSK Knives" pages for more details & pics of all the knives we offer.
Knife models & options for new orders changed Oct. 2018 & current information is now listed on this web site.
Orders placed prior to 2018 which still await completion may include knife models & options not currently shown. These orders will still be completed to the specs. of the original order unless otherwise requested by the customer. 

Due to the high demand for our knives, an effort to eliminate setbacks experienced in the past, & help increase manufacturing efficiency to provide better service to our customers, the following policies are now in effect: 

1. We now only accept orders for knife models & options currently listed in this web site at this time.
2. We are not accepting requests for custom modifications, design alterations, materials, or other features & services
     not listed as an available option.
3. Due to our limited manufacturing abilities, knives are made-to-order & typically not in stock for immediate
    purchase. Any knives that we do have available will be listed on our "Finished Knives For Sale" page.
4. We no longer make knives or sheaths from customer's designs, & do not work on, or make sheaths for knives
    produced by other makers. 
5. We now limit the number of orders we accept per year. Once our schedule is full we will temporarily close our 
     books until otherwise posted when new orders can be completed within a reasonable time frame. Refer to the
     "Order Status" block on our knife pages for updates of our current position on accepting new orders. 
     This policy has been instituted to eliminate the inconvenience of long waiting lists experienced in the past.
6. We now only ship to destinations in the USA & Canada. Foreign customer requests are welcome, but they must
    also include a US-based mailing address we can ship to, to place an order. 
    *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.