All Our Knives Are Made With The Following Standard Features:
* All "BECK" knives are entirely MADE IN THE USA here at our shop so you're supporting AMERICAN craftsmen.
* The Blade:
All our blades are crafted exclusively from 01 high carbon tool steel w/flat-ground bevels & are differentially hardened & tempered for a hard, tough cutting edge & soft
back. The hardened zone of our blades follow the curvature of the edge rather than treating the entire knife. Varying by model & design, the hardened portion of our blades
extends about 1/2 way up from the edge to the spine, and typically runs from about 1/4 to 1/3rd of the way back from the point to the handle. We leave sharp 90 degree
edges within this temper zone on the spine so it can be used to cast a good shower of sparks from a ferro rod. The remainder of the blade's back being soft and not efficient
for sparking, is lightly deburred to eliminate thumb abrasion while carving. For optimum ferro rod sparking we recommend our dedicated ferro rod stikers.
Our combination of top-notch knife steel, well executed design, and specialized method of heat treatment creates the perfect balance between materials & application to
achieve optimum performance in strength, sharpness & increased edge retention while exhibiting an ease of sharpening in the field.
Our blades are also designed to be very resilient for an increased level of safety. Due to our method of manufacture, our blades demonstrate greater shock absorbance,
resiliance & stress tolorance with less risk of failure. This enables us the option to use thinner, lighter weight blades without any compromise in strength or performance.
You just won't find these qualities in cheaper, commercially-made knives that are mass-produced using other methods. There is something to be said about "you only get
what you pay for". Our process is a very desirable feature for those who, in the event of situational need, demand a tough, dependable blade that will better tolorate the
upper limits of the knife's intended use, or for those who must travel light & be more selective on the gear they carry.
While no knives are indestructable, it's nice to know that the extra measures we invest into our blades to deliver their most, can also help provide a safer product for our
Unless otherwise noted, all our knives feaure full tang construction for added strength & handle support. Our tangs run the full length of the handle & are visible all the
way around the handle.
Tapered tangs (listed with some knife models as the design allows), start at full thickness just forward of the handle & become thinner as the tang nears the butt end
and are typically only used on our heavier-bladed knives to improve balance, control/handling & to lessen carry weight without any sacrifice in strength.
Knives which don't beneft from this feature are made with non-tapered tangs to reduce unnecessary customer cost.
All our blades are hand-honed to a razor's edge on a whetstone prior to shipment so your new knife is ready for the field the day it arrives.
* The Blade Finish:
Satin: This is our std. finish. Most recommended & easiest to maintain. Laborously wet-sanded to a fine, very eye-pleasing appearance with lower glare.
The temper line created by our selective heat treat process may not be readily visible on our knives when new, but after some use & contact with animal fats & plant
acids, a nice patina will develop with the temper line becomming much more distinct on our satin finished blades as they "age" & develop character.
Bluing: A chemical bluing applied over our satin finish produces a darker, more subdued appearance & is an available option for most knife models at an extra cost.
Note: None of our blade finishes will inhibit corrosion or staining. It's recommended that our blades be kept well oiled or waxed for protection. All our knives are shipped
pre-coated to help protect the finish while in transit. This protective coating should be removed prior to using our knives for food prep.
Care, Maintenance, & recommended use instructions will be included with every purchase.
* The Handle:
All handles are permanently secured with epoxy & Loveless bolts & are guaranteed never to loosen. Each is ergonomically contoured to better fit the natural shape of the
hand for an incredibly comfortable feel & positive grip. In fact, one of the first things our customers typically comment on is how comfortable our handles are.
We offer a variety of handle materials to select from with Micarta being the best for all environments & conditions. Micarta handles can be ordered polished or unpolished
(finely sanded) for a more subdued appearance & slightly less slippery grip. Natural hardwoods receive a lengthy oil/wax finish for added protection & to expose the deepest
beauty of the material.
Unless otherwise noted, all our knives come std. with a lined lanyard hole & will accommodate a "550" cord.
* The Sheath:
All our knives come std. with our "Basic" style sheath that is hand-crafted from a heavy black bridal leather, wet-molded for a glove-like fit, double-stitched with strong
nylon thread, riveted in high stress areas as needed & complimented with a special oil/wax finish inside & out for increased durability & water resistance & will provide
many years of hard use & protection of our knives.
All our std. "Basic" sheaths are made with a single belt loop for vertical, side-carry only, can be ordered in either right or left hand orientation, & have a clean-looking
appearance, but are designed with a wider welting enabling any sheath to be easily converted into a modular carry platform by requesting the addition of mounting holes.
Mounting holes are a series of stratigically placed holes bored through the welting that will enable our sheaths to accept add-on & removable accessories such as
"scout" loops, smaller sheaths, pouches & other options we offer at an extra cost. (See our "Options & Services" page for more details regarding the versatility &
accessories that can be added). Sheaths are made in black leather only.
* Options & Services:
Many additional options & services are available to customize our knives to fit your special needs & desires.
Refer to our "Options & Services" page for more details. This page also contains info on upcomming products & the latest news from David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC.
* Customer Service:
Excellent before & after-sale customer service with personal attention to all emails & phone calls by David R. Beck himself.
* A Limited Lifetime Warranty comes with all our new knives.
* Information on knife care, maintenance, use & safety is included with every order. *For your safety, all information should be read in full prior to handling your new knife.
(Although we believe our customers are the most intelligent folks out there or you wouldn't be on this site, our lawyers will still be pleased with us for adding this last note).
REVIEW OUR OTHER PAGES TO EXAMINE ALL THE CURRENT KNIFE MODELS WE OFFER ALONG WITH AVAILABLE OPTIONS.