* All "BECK" knives are entirely MADE IN THE USA here at our shop so you're supporting AMERICAN craftsmen.
* The Blade:
Our blades are crafted exclusively from 01 high carbon tool steel w/flat-ground bevels & are selectively hardened & tempered for a tough cutting edge & soft back.
Our special heat treatment follows the curvature of the edge rather than treating the entire blade. This combination of top-notch knife steel, well executed design, and
skillfully-applied heat treatment creates the perfect balance between materials & application to achieve superior performance in strength & improved 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. The selective tempering we use allows our blades to have some "give", demonstrate
greater shock absorbence, & better withstand a higher level of stress that would more easily damage other knives. This is a very important feature for combat-use knives,
or in the event situational need demands a blade that will better tolorate the upper limits of its intended use. While our knives are certainly not 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 customers.
The combination of our high carbon steel selection & specialized heat treatment also has another benefit as it delivers astounding blade resilience, so we can make
thinner-bladed knives demonstrate similar strength & penetration performance qualities that would normally only be found in heavier-bladed commercial counterparts.
This level of optimized performance relates to a lighter weight knife that will perform like a heavier one without compromize; a very desirable feature for those who not only
need a tough, dependable tool, but also need to travel light & must be more selective on the gear they carry.
Varying by model & design, the hardened area on the spine of our blades start at the point & typically extends about 1/4-1/3rd back towards the handle. We leave sharp
90 degree edges within this temper zone on the spine so it can be used to cast a splendid shower of sparks from a ferro rod. The remainder of the spine being soft & not
efficient for sparking, is deburred so not to be abrasive on the thumb when bearing down for aggressive or extended carving sessions.
Our knives that have blades thicker than 1/8" are made std. with a tapered tang. Meaning, the tang starts at full thickness just forward of the handle & thins as it nears the
butt end. Tapered tangs are used to lessen carry weight & establish better balance for improved handling & control without any sacrifice in strength. Those which don't
beneft from this feature are made with nontapered tangs to reduce unnecessary customer cost, although a tapered tang tan be added to any knife upon request (at an extra
cost) for those who prefer the customized appearance this feature presents.
Unless noted in a knife's description, all are full tangs, meaning that the tang runs the full length of the handle & is visible all the way around for increased handle support.
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:
All our knives come std. with a fine wet-sanded satin finish which is not only very pleasing to the eye, but eases maintenance in the event you want to remove any
staining or rust spots that may develop on the blade during use.
With our std. satin finish, 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
plant & animal fats, oils & acids, a nice patina will develop with the temper line becomming much more distinct as the blade "ages".
Bluing: A blued finish is available at a minimal extra cost. This produces a darker, more subdued finish.
Note: None of our blade finishes wil inhibit corrosion so it's recommended that our blades be kept well oiled or waxed for protection.
Blades are shipped pre-coated to help protect the finish while in transit.
* 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. Natural hardwoods receive an oil/wax finish for added
protection & to expose the deepest beauty of the material, while Micarta, can either be requested polished, or unpolished (finely sanded) for a more subdued appearance
w/a slightly less slippery feel.
Unless otherwise requested, lined lanyard holes are std. for all our knives & will accommodate a "550" cord.
* The Sheath:
Our std. sheaths are 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 for greater wear resistance & long-lasting protection of our knives. All are fitted with a generous belt loop & are
designed to be worn in a vertical, side-carry position. Sheaths can be requested in either right or left hand orientation. Sheaths come 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 that last part).
REVIEW OUR OTHER PAGES TO EXAMINE ALL THE CURRENT KNIFE MODELS WE OFFER ALONG WITH AVAILABLE OPTIONS.